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Radeon RX 460 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The Radeon RX 460 features clock speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX 460 5595 points
Radeon RX 550 3507 points
Difference: 2088 (60%)

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

The Radeon RX 550, in theory, should be just a 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 a lot (approximately 73%) more effective 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 550 is the winner, though only just barely. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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