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Radeon RX 460 vs Radeon RX 550


The Radeon RX 460 features a GPU clock speed of 1090 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs along with 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

In theory, the Radeon RX 550 should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 overall. (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 texture filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 550 is a bit (approximately 1%) more effective at AA than the Radeon RX 460, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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.

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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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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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 - 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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