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The new of AMD with Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 models

The world of videogames has two important variants, the first orientated to home consoles from companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, designing special devices for this purpose, including controllers, exclusive game and other benefits. Nonetheless, the other variant is related to building of powerful gaming computers, where Radeon RX 470 and 460 can have great market.

This variant has big advantages, may be with increased investment, but allowing users to built their own machine from scratch, looking for exactly the performance they need, knowing every component and quality of the built computer, sometimes surpassing by many times power and capacity of other home consoles available, but at a higher price to get the best of videogames.

When it comes to gaming computers, the most important component results in the graphic card, the specialized and specific hardware for this purpose, where the general market is dominated by two brands; AMD with Radeon series, and Nvidia with its Geforce. However, today is the turn of Radeon RX 470, and Radeon RX 460 to talk about, the latest release from AMD Company this year.

Knowing Radeon RX 470

With the latest releases of Nvidia with its Geforce 1000 series, AMD would not stay behind at all, and a few days later, the company show their new graphic cards based on its Polaris architecture, giving great performance for less power consumption, and existing for now three main products, focused on high, mid, and low en market, adapting to every need of corresponding consumers.

Focusing the aim on the mid end product, AMD showed the Radeon RX 470, a powerful graphic card based on a Polaris 10 GPU, oriented to 1080 resolution on demanding games, showing excellent performance, giving 107 FPS on Doom, 77 FPS on Fall Out 4, and 60 on Hitman. This card results perfect regarding its performance in comparison with its cost, costing less than 200 dollars.

Knowing Radeon RX 470

Regarding technical specifications, Radeon RX 470 is based on Polaris 10, built at 14nm with FinFet technology, 2048 stream processors, 128 TMU, 32 Rops, a base clock running at 962 MHZ, reaching 1200 MHZ, total power offering of 3.8 Tflops/s reaching 4.9 overclocked, 4 GB GDDR5 memory at 1650 MHZ speed, 211 GB/s bandwidth, consuming 120 watts with a 6 pin connector.

Powerful low end market with Radeon RX 460

On the other hand, there is the RX 460, a video card focused on other type of players, providing excellent performance on multiplayer online games, giving 102 FPS on DOTA 2, 109 FPS on Overwatch, and 96 FPS on Rocket League. Nevertheless, it is no addressed for demanding games.

In term of specifications, the RX 460 is based on Polaris 11 GPU, also built on 14nm Finfet architecture, 896 stream processors, 48 TMU, 16 Rops, base clock running at 1090 MHZ, 2 Tflops/s calculation power, available in 2 GB and 4 GB configurations running at 1750 MHZ, 128 bits BUS, 112 GB/ bandwidth, and a TDP or total consumption of 75 watts, being fed by PCI Express slot.

Powerful low end market with Radeon RX 460

Specific Radeon RX 470 and RX460 Sapphire units

Mobile devices are an important part on daily life of people, making things easier in terms of versatility, helping in aspects like communication, socialization, and recreation. Nevertheless, computers are also important, for home use, and the more enthusiast market of computer gaming, allowing people building their own, when Sapphire Radeon RX 470 and 460 RX appear.

The world of PC gaming

The universe of computers built by enthusiast is very diverse, having very representative brands, a great amount of products from cooling solutions, motherboards and RAM memories, to modified cases, LED lights, and special power supplies. Nevertheless, in terms of gaming, the most important thing is the graphic card, responsible for general performance in this specific sector.

The world of PC gaming

In the same way, there are some myths believed by people regarding this topic, due to its complexity and variety of information, of different products and solutions belonging to it. The first one results in obviating graphic card´s ends, and concluding the amount of total RAM memory determines the quality of the card, being completely false, in fact determined by range and cost.

Other of several myths regarding this topic, and very important for this article, is the one that AMD and Nvidia are the only industries building, and assembling graphic cards. To explain this better, these companies are reference designing and building chips for video cards, but the assembling process, and customized construction relies on other important industries.

Here is where Sapphire appears, as a leader company building and customizing Radeon and Nvidia based on graphic cards, adding its own excellent solutions in terms of cooling, design, specs modification, and sometimes adding overclocking capabilities special models, in this way offering superior performance, in comparison to reference and original models from AMD and Nvidia.

Customized Sapphire Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 models

So, having cleared the situation between chip´s designers and graphic card’s assemblers, it is time to focus the attention on the latest models released, in terms of low and mid range, with good prices, low power consumption, and performance, of course, every one of them addressing different gaming markets and resolutions, this are the AMD RX 470 and RX 460 from Sapphire.

To begin with, the RX 470 from Sapphire seems to have same specs from AMD reference model, based on Polaris 10, 14 nm architecture, 2048 stream processors, 962 MHZ base clock, 4 GB GDDR5 memory, and 211 GB/s bandwidth. In relation to external design, it is black and silver colored, with cooling turbine solution, alike to reference model, being called Platinum Edition.

Customized Sapphire Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 models

On the other way there is RX 460, with very similar specs to AMD model, with a Polaris 11 GPU, also built on 14nm architecture, 896 stream processors, base clock running at 1090 MHZ, with 2 and 4 GB GDDR5 configurations, and a bandwidth of 112 GB/s, however, unlike RX 470, the Radeon RX 460 from Sapphire has a more customized design, with two 120mm fans.

Finally, these models represent excellent solutions for gaming, regarding low and mid end range, to enjoy demanding, or multiplayer online games, thanks to Sapphire and its engineering design work.

Geforce GTX 1000 M as graphic card mobile series

Computers are a very important part of the business of videogames, competing against home consoles, and companies like Nintendo and Sony, offering much more powerful machines, the chance to build them, and to upgrade parts and improve performance any time. About that, the graphic card results important, and Nvidia will release soon their Geforce GTX 1000 M series.

Mobile and desktop graphics solutions

Nividia is presenting its latest released, regarding graphic cards addressed to gaming computers sector, with the GTX 1000 series, introducing a new design architecture called Pascal, offering great performance and low power consumption, in direct comparison to the previous architecture used on GTX 900 series. However, it was only about desktop solution, missing mobile approach.

But, why there have to be separated solutions about graphic cards on desktop and mobile devices? Well, it is just a matter of logic and size. Desktop graphic cards are devices connected to a PCI Express slot, on big cases attached to the motherboard, having their own cooling system, and the chance for the user to improve it even more, with larger fans and liquid cooling, being great.

Mobile and desktop graphics solutions

In this way, desktop graphic cards overheat less, and are design taking advantage of the big space available on the case to be used. However, in the case of mobile computers, the space gets reduced by far, obligating engineers to design specific mobile solutions, and Nvidia and AMD to design a parallel line addressed these devices, with smaller chips, and less powerful.

Another problem with any graphic card´s mobile division, is to reduce overheating, and avoid extreme power consumption, due to mobile devices and laptops have low capacity batteries for this kind of gaming use, obligating again companies and chip designers to face this problems and solve them. Nevertheless, Nvidia seems to be advancing fast, respecting this new product line.

Nvidia´s mobile solution with Geforce GTX 1000 M

The Nvidia Geforce 1000 M series is the new generation of dedicated graphic cards, with the latest Pascal architecture, and with functioning and power similar, in theory, with the same line addressed to desktop computers. So, the new models presented have been the GTX 1070 M, and GTX 1060 M only, leaving doubts avoid features and design of the more powerful GTX 1080 M.

Nvidia´s mobile solution with Geforce GTX 1000 M

According to rumors, brands like Asus, MSI and Gigabyte, being leaders on this gaming sector are already manufacturing laptops and all in one computers with GTX 1000 M series of different models. Also, it seems Nvidia is going to eliminate the mobile association in the name, because this new line of product offers similar power and capacity, in relation to specific desktop solution.

So, in terms of specifications, the GTX 1070 M results powerful, with a base clock running at 1443 MHZ, a memory clock from 2002 to 8008 MHZ, being impressive, 8 GB GDDR memory, with 256 bit memory interface. On the other hand, the GTX 1060 share some features, only reducing VRAM until 6 GB, and having a 192 bit memory interface, other specs seem similar.

An unbelievable product in the Radeon Pro SSG

Every once in a while, industries are audacious and want to surprise the market and consumers with great and innovative products, sometimes even unimaginable until they are invented and sold. So, the perfect example of this case is a powerful device designed by AMD, making a whole new product with unseen features before, this incredible product is the Radeon Pro SSG.

A graphic card for professionals and content creators

In the case of photographers, movie makers, video games designers, and video editors, computers and resources used by them have to be very powerful, in order to handle great amounts of data, to create content and modify it on large screens with high resolutions, sometimes at the same time. Therefore, in order to achieve this capacity, AMD and Nividia offer their solutions about it.

A graphic card for professionals and content creators

These two industries have two lines of products, respectively. AMD and its professional line, as well as Nividia with its specific line of products, the two of them focused on productivity and content creation and editing, instead of gaming, which obviously graphic cards from this line can handle, but they are not specifically design for this purpose, unlike RX and Geforce products lines.

So, the Radeon pro SSG is going to be the top of the line from AMD, in relation to this type of product, where the best product of competition does not even reach half of power this card is going to have. However, it has other incredible feature, the Pro SSG has a SSD, or solid state drive inside, becoming in two devices at once, providing unprecedented performance and power.

Knowing the Radeon Pro SSG

In order to know this device, recognize its functions and used addressing, to describe it results almost imperative. To begin with, the Radeon Pro SSG from AMD is a graphic card design for professional use, being based on a Fiji processor, producing over 20 Teraflops per second, an unbelievable performance capacity never seen before, and 32 GB of dedicated VRAM.

In the same order of ideas, the most impressive thing about this card results in the way of functioning, having completely integrated 1 terabyte ultra fast solid state drive, or SSD, which storage capacity can be used as more VRAM, or to save large amounts of data, content, and even an operating system that will be executed and developed blazing fast, with almost no time loads.

Knowing the Radeon Pro SSG

In fact, the meaning of the acronym SSG in the name stands for Solid State Graphic, in direct relation of what the product is for, and what it has inside, regarding the SSD inside connected through PCI Express slot, being almost twice as fast, as an SSD connected by regular SATA connection, increasing performance, speed, loading times, and other functions.

Right now, the Radeon Pro SSG is only available as a development kit for 10.000 dollars; however, it will be released on 2017 on regular markets worldwide, for professional to buy it, and enjoy the fastest graphic card addressed to this type of business, and the chance to take advantage of using a solid state drive, making look mechanical drives as old and obsolete technology.