XFX has unveiled what could be the world’s first fanless Radeon RX 460 graphics card in the form of Radeon RX 460 Black Wolf. According to the company, the Polaris 11-based graphics card is so efficient, that there is no need for it to be cooled with open-air cooling fans which lead to the creation of the card.
Looking at the photos of the graphics card, one can see that the RX 460 Black Wolf is being passively cooled by a fin array, which comprises of two copper heat pipes that are in direct contact with the Polaris 11 GPU. That said, the thermal setup does not include the card’s memory chips and VRM modules.
That aside, some may fear that the XFX RX 460 Black Wolf will have higher temperatures compared to other open-air custom graphics cards. Fear not, according to Expreview – whom have tested the graphics card – the RX 460 Black Wolf had an idle temperature of 33°C, and an average load temperature of 62°C. This just goes to show the efficiency of not only the Polaris 11 GPU, but also XFX’s passive cooling solution.
Aside from the aforementioned details, other specifications of the graphics card was not detailed. The XFX RX 460 Black Wolf graphics card will come with a price tag of 999 Chinese Yuan. Unfortunately, the date of availability was not mentioned and it’s also unknown whether XFX plans to release the graphics card outside of China.