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XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single Review

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XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 
 

 

Using such a small heat sink package on the XFX RX 460 Slim Single 4GB, you would think that the cooling capacity could not be up to par. Surprisingly, the cooling performance was not bad for the gaming performance delivered. At idle, the RX series cards tend to run warmer due to the zero noise fan profiles on the cards. However, when you put a 3D load on the GPU core, the fan speed and cooling ramp right on up to handle the load. For a single slot cooling package, the cooling was great both at stock speeds and when overclocked.

The XFX RX 460 Slim Single 4GB is a small form factor card that takes advantage of this lack of hardware and delivers low end power consumption results.




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