With the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo once again upon us, this week has been a flood of gaming hardware and software news. On the PC front, AMD is once again sponsoring PC Gamer’s PC Gaming Show, and while the company isn’t making quite as large of a presence this year – having just announced a bunch of tech at Computex – AMD is still attending E3 to tease a bit of hardware. Announced in a press release that’s going out at the same time as the PC Gaming Show starts, AMD is very briefly teasing the next two Polaris-based Radeon cards: the Radeon RX 470 and the Radeon RX 460.

AMD previously teased the Radeon RX 480 back at Computex, and with that card not shipping until the end of this month, the RX 470 and RX 460 are even more brief teases, essentially amounting to AMD confirming that they will exist.

As you can assume from the numbers, the RX 470 and RX 460 will slot in below the $199 RX 480. AMD’s press release specifically notes that the RX 470 is a “refined, power-efficient HD gaming” card. Whereas the RX 460 is a “a cool and efficient solution for the ultimate e-sports gaming experience.” These are no further details such as performance, specifications, or pricing, so this is a true teaser in every sense of the word.

Based on their admittedly short descriptions, it sounds like the RX 470 and RX 460 will slot in to very similar positions as the R7 370 and R7 360 respectively, as these are the same markets AMD pitched those cards at. This would make the RX 470 a budget 1080p card, while RX 460 is pitched specifically at MOBA players and the like, as those games have relatively low system requirements. Lower-end cards of this nature have also proven very popular in China, where MOBAs are especially popular and the pricing is better aligned with what most consumers can afford.

For what it’s worth, those cards launched at $149 and $109 respectively, so that may give us a ballpark idea of what to expect. Note that AMD only has two Polaris chips – the larger Polaris 10 and the smaller Polaris 11 – so it’s not clear how AMD may split these up. Historically, Radeon x60 cards have been based on chips that have been prevalent in smaller, mid-performance laptops.

On that note there’s one last passage from AMD’s press release I want to point out.  In reiterating their talking point about bringing “console-like” performance to thin and light laptops, AMD’s release mentions that Polaris offers “exceptionally low power and low-z height.” Like everything else, no further details are provided, but I don’t suspect this is the last we’ve heard of this point. Having seen a very early Polaris 11 last December it’s definitely a small chip, and it sounds like AMD focused not just on package size, but thickness as well. Z-height is not something I’ve previously paid attention to, so I’m not immediately sure how thick AMD’s last-generation chips were, or whether this has been much of a problem on a competitive basis.

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  • SolMiester - Friday, June 17, 2016 - link

    eh?, its already been said, Vega wont be out until 2017, GP102 & GP106 will be out before Q4
  • beast6228 - Friday, June 17, 2016 - link

    Why is AMD even bothering with the 460 and 470? Sure, they're going to be inexpensive, but they can't even compete with AMD cards that are several years old. You might as well just buy one of the current, faster cards, which are already cheap now. What I want to see is how well the RX 480 does, not synthetic benchmarks. We're almost a week and a half away from the supposed launch date yet no one has their hands on a card yet. Come on AMD get it together. Are you embarrassed or just hanging your head in shame?
  • TheinsanegamerN - Friday, June 17, 2016 - link

    Which cards would those be? The 470 looks to be much better then the 370, same for the 460 vs 360.
  • DonMiguel85 - Sunday, June 19, 2016 - link

    We still don't have the GTX 960 and 950 reviews so I wonder if we'll ever get an RX 480 review. We don't even have GTX 1080 or 1070 reviews here
  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - link

    If the RX 460 can do H.265 HEVC decode, and can be scaled to fit screens (e.g., 720p/1080p TV) properly, they'll have a sale. Really sick of Intel iGPU drivers scaling being broken and having had them remove the sliders to just adjust it; it's an easy fix that's being fixed so very slowly. I just want a quality HTPC experience.

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