Online gaming titles such as CS: GO and DOTA2 generally run fine on an entry-level card, however, AMD’s latest Polaris 11 GPU promises that it can handle more than just a simple e-Sports and multiplayer games. Today, we check out the small and efficient SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card, provided to us by AMD.
Design and Features
Budget graphics cards are usually small in size because of the cheap heat sinks and loud cooling fans. However, SAPPHIRE adds the acclaimed Dual-X Cooling fans with 95mm blades for a greater airflow to the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon RX 460. Sadly, the same can't be said about the heatsink which is plastic with meshed holes that spreads in a ripple-wave pattern.
I felt a “cracking” sound while holding the upper portion of the HSF unit which is probably because of the poor build quality of the plastic chassis (not that it will really affect the gaming performance here). The previous SAPPHIRE Radeon R7 360 had a stronger chassis.
While the card doesn’t feature a proper back plate, the PCB appears to have an extended part for the “NITRO” LED branding. You can see the heat pipes exposed here too.
Interface options for this card include 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI 2.0b version, and 1 x Display Port 1.4. A 6-pin power connector is required, and the port is situated on the front end of the card.