XFX RX 460 Slim Gaming Benchmarks

Polaris 11 is being sold as an entry-level solution to playing the most popular games on the market at a reasonable resolution with reasonable graphical quality. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to add something far greater than the iGPU of either Intel CPUs or AMD APUs. 1080P is the target resolution and medium to, perhaps high settings. We’ll keep our tests at the maximum quality possible to hopefully show what the RX 460 is actually capable of. It won’t win any outright performance awards, but then, it’s not marketed for that either. The Slim allows you to even take advantage of CrossFire in a smaller space, for less money. Those games that support it do offer an improvement in performance at the cost of slight frame-pacing issues. Recent drivers have done wonders to improve that, though it isn’t perfect. And with mGPU it never really will be. Nonetheless, let’s game!

Ashes of the Singularity

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

Despite what the framerate actually says, it’s actually slightly playable at 1080P outside of the benchmark. It’s quite resource intensive, though actual gameplay is slightly less demanding and even though it only raises to around 27FPS, it can actually, and this may be contrary to what many may say, playable. At the medium preset it’s all roses.

Battlefield 1

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

Battlefield 1 is more sophisticated than you might think, despite being graphically very similar to Battlefront, from a technological standpoint. That said, the RX 460 is more than workable at 1080P and medium settings. The high preset if you keep AA lower, is playable as well.

DOOM

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

DOOM typically runs quite well on GCN with Vulkan. The RX 460 did better than expected here, though more than 60FPS is generally better with the fast-pace of the game. That said, it’s still quite playable at 1080P.

HITMAN

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

HITMAN, with all caps of course, makes good use of asynchronous compute, of which GCN can handle with aplomb. At 1080P, it does alright. Due to the slower pace of HITMAN, 35FPS on average is actually doable. At a lower preset it’ll scale accordingly.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

XFX RX 460 Slim

Overall we see a very good showing for a card that only costs ~$130. It meets the expectations set by AMD by allowing 1080P gaming at reasonable quality settings for very little money. We hoped to have a sample of the 1050 and the Ti to compare against, though don’t quite have one as of yet. Nonetheless, the performance is right where we expect it to be for the amount that it costs. It’s a good first choice for entry into PC gaming on limited budgets. Just don’t expect miracles. With GPUs, more money does mean more performance. But for the price this is great!