MSI drops the smallest RX 460 cards yet


— 9:00 AM on February 16, 2017

Remember those little Radeon RX 460 cards from MSI that showed up last August? The Dragon Army has apparently decided they still weren't small enough, because it has now shrunk the petite Polaris cards even further. The MSI Radeon RX-460-2GT-LP and RX-460-4GT-LP use a tiny two-fan cooler and a single rear expansion slot, although the cooler extends into the second slot some ways.

Of course, to shrink it that small, some sacrifices had to be made. The GPU in both cards only boosts to 1200 MHz, the same speed same as the reference design. The cards only offer two outputs: an HDMI port and a dual-link DVI port. Those connections are common enough on monitors, but it would have been nice to see a mini-DisplayPort as well. MSI doesn't mention if the cards come with a low-profile rear bracket, either.

The new card might seem puny to some gerbils, but it could make a reasonably potent gaming upgrade for a slim OEM machine. Even the most basic of Intel's newer processors provides a solid platform for a card like this, and given its dainty size and the fact that it doesn't require a power connector, it'll fit almost anywhere. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's available yet, and sometimes products with a specific appeal like these can be a little hard to find. But hey, that XFX single-slot RX 460 finally came out, so chances are good.

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