MSI has quietly added two low-profile AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics adapters to its product family. The add-in-boards (AIBs) are powered by AMD’s latest entry-level GPU, Polaris 11. As these are base RX 460 models. they do not require PCIe power and are compatible with a wide range of computers that have enough space for a dual-slot card. The new adapters will be among the most affordable discrete graphics options today and will be aimed at those upgrading entry-level systems as well as building SFF HTPCs.

The MSI Radeon RX 460 4GT LP and Radeon RX 460 2GT LP are based on AMD’s Baffin (Polaris 11) graphics chip (896 stream processors, 56 texture units, 16 raster operations pipelines, 128-bit memory bus) clocked at up to 1.2 GHz (base/boost) and carry 2 or 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 7 Gbps. As for connectivity, the boards have one DL-DVI-D and one HDMI 2.0 output with HDCP 2.2 support (HDCP 2.2 is required for playback of protected UHD video). When it comes to cooling, the AIBs use dual-slot cooling systems with two fans, the same as the company installed on other low-profile graphics cards. As an added bonus, MSI states that it uses MIL-STD-810G certified components to ensure a long lifespan for its LP adapters.

Over the past couple of months, MSI and a number of other companies (GIGABYTE, GALAX) have introduced low-profile graphics adapters based on NVIDIA’s GPUs - MSI is one of the first with similar LP RX 460 cards and extending its range of contemporary LP AIBs to four models. The addition of two low-profile cards to the lineup may indicate that demand for such products is relatively significant and rather stable.

Both AMD Polaris 11 (Baffin) and NVIDIA GP107 GPUs outperform integrated graphics cores of mainstream desktop CPUs and also support modern functionality like DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs. Furthermore, the two graphics processors support hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of HEVC (H.265) and VP9 video at 4Kp60 as well as HDR10. Finally, the GPUs consume up to 75 W of power and do not need any auxiliary PCIe power connectors, which makes them compatible with virtually all modern PCs with a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, including those from various large brands that sometimes do not have any spare connectors left.

MSI's Radeon RX 460 Low Profile Graphics Cards
  RX 460 4GT LP RX 460 2GT LP
GPU AMD Polaris 11 (Baffin)
Stream Processors 896
Texture Units 56
ROPs 16
Core Clock (MHz) 1090
Boost Clock (MHz) 1200
Memory Capacity 4 GB 2 GB
Type GDDR5
Clock 7 Gbps
Bus Width 128 bit
Outputs DisplayPort 0
DVI 1 × DVI-D
HDMI 2.0b 1
TFLOPS (FP32) 1.95
TDP 75 W
Launch Date 2/2017 2/2017

MSI has not announced MSRPs forthe new cards, and since the AIBs were added to the company’s product family in the last week, they are no yet available at Amazon or Newegg. Given the positioning of the adapters, it is unlikely that their price will be substantially different from $109 (2 GB version) and $139 (4 GB version) recommended by AMD.

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  • Meteor2 - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - link

    Yes that seems fairly pointless. Perhaps it contains less materials so is more profitable to produce? Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - link

    Half height dual slot fits in a decent number of slimline cases and is an appealing option there because it allows a 75-90W card with reasonable fan noise levels vs 40-50W for a single slot design. Users of the latter also suffer from being even farther down the launch pipeline with each new generation. Reply
  • samer1970 - Monday, February 20, 2017 - link

    Actually , you can make a half height low profile GTX 1070/GTX1060 card in dual slot mode if you use notebook heatpipes and fans.

    and what are they giving us ? a DUAL SLOT rx460 ....

    Open a notebook with a GTX 1060/1070 , get a ruler and start measuring ... it can be fitted on a low profile dual slot card with EASE ...

    it is all about the cost , the notebook heat pipes and fans are $30 more ...

    here is what is doable :

    1- Single Slot AND low Profile GTX 1050 ti , RX460 , Length 170mm
    2- Dual Slots AND Low Profile GTX 1060/1070 ... Length 210mm

    I made the design my self and it is doable. but no one is hearing because they think they will be no Demand for such cards and they are Mistaken.
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  • mm0zct - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    As others have mentioned, the "desktop" cases from Dell, HP, etc hare half-height, but support as many as 4 or possibly more slots. We've got an HP 8200 here with an Nvidia 710 in it, which is a passive dual-slot half-height card. It was just purchased as the cheapest modern half-height card, for various driver testing/VM type stuff. Reply
  • jardows2 - Monday, February 20, 2017 - link

    I'm not getting my hopes up for this one. MSI "announced" a similar product based on the 1050 and 1050TI, but I was never able to find them available for sale. Now I cannot even find those products on MSI's website. I fear these cards will be similar vaporware. Reply
  • jardows2 - Monday, February 20, 2017 - link

    Gotta backtrack on this comment a bit. Looks like the 1050 LP model is back on their website, and now available on at least NewEgg. Maybe this will come to fruition as well! Reply
  • bleomycin - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - link

    Is a low profile bracket included or available for this? I'd want to put it in a 2u. Reply
  • samer1970 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - link

    yes this comes with low profile bracket Reply
  • random2 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - link

    A 460? Really? had to check the year on this article just to make sure I wasn't stepping back in time. Common Nvidia, there must be more of a demand for lower profile with many people steering away from full size ATX cases. Nothing up your sleeve that might actually enable people to play a triple A title on a smaller form factor? Reply
  • mm0zct - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    Maybe you mistook this for an old Nvidia 460? this is AMD's current GPU family. Nvidia make a low profile 1050 for low-profile gaming
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GTX-1050-Ti-4GT/dp/B0...
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