In-Game Benchmarks

Now that we have an idea of how the cards stand compared to each other, it’s finally time to get down to the in-game performance numbers. To do that I ran through our entire in-game benchmark test suite. The suite has 13 different games tested at both 1080p and 1440p at their highest settings. Four of the games are also tested in more than one configuration to see the difference between DX11 and DX12 performance or in the case of the most recent addition, DOOM I test out both OpenGL and Vulkan performance. The problem is, with so many results it can be a little too much to take in. To help with that I have condensed our results into two graphs, one for 1080p and the other for 1440p. All of our games are run at their max settings and we use the average FPS as the end result. The graphs below are broken down into three FPS ranges to represent unplayable (below 30), playable but not ideal (30 to 60), and ideal (over 60 FPS). So what did I find from those results?

Well for starters, the 1440p results are a big warning that this card should never be used to game at that resolution, it is basically one big red bar of no. At 1080p, however, we see a better picture. It shows that the 460 Slim isn’t going to handle today's newest games at their highest settings, but it can play the older and less demanding games at high settings or in the case of games like Overwatch, CS:GO, League, and DOTA 2 it should get you 60+ FPS with settings turned mostly up.

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Of course, we have all of the individual graphs as well. Were there any that stood out? Well, I was surprised in Deus Ex on the Ultra setting at just how much of a difference the 4 gigs of vRAM helped. The XFX was at the bottom of the charts on the high setting but jumped ahead of the Gigabyte 460 and the GTX 1050 with the setting turned up. It wasn’t enough to get up into playable FPS, though. Doom with Vulkan was similar but the difference was enough to even make it playable at 1440p. Hitman ended up being playable as well but like always Ashes of the Singularity slowed to a crawl. All of the newer titles came in just below 30, but this is at their highest settings, leaving hope that you might even be able to play them a little with the RX 460, as long as you can handle games in the 30-60 range.

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