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Radeon RX 460 vs Radeon RX 550


Intro

The Radeon RX 460 features a clock frequency of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 550, which features a clock frequency of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 550 should in theory be just a bit superior to the Radeon RX 460 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 2688 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be much (more or less 73%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25840 (73%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 550 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 160 (1%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon RX 460

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 550

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 460 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 April 2017
Code Name Polaris 11 Polaris 12
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1090 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61040 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17440 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 512
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 460

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 550

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Comments

3 Responses to “Radeon RX 460 vs Radeon RX 550”
Panos says:

Hello, can you please tell me which graphics card from amd radeon series rx-460, rx-550 or 560 has the above : resolution at 3840x2160 pixels 60hz, hdr, HDMI v 2.0b HDCP 2.2. I am going to use it on 4k uhdtv hdr mainly for watching movies with mpc-hc

Best graphics cards for under $200 – August 2017 – Hardware Compare - www.hwcompare.com says:

[…] The Radeon RX 550 will be a small bit (about 1%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 460, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain) […]

yea says:

where is the rx560??

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