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AMD quietly adds the RX 560 to its Radeon graphics card range

by Mark Tyson on 17 May 2017, 14:31

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire

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AMD has rather quietly 'launched' the Radeon RX 560 graphics card. Perhaps the understated release of details and the addition of this card to its RX 500 family stable was meant to avoid distraction from its other news yesterday / today. The RX 550 was similarly released without any fanfare from AMD itself, back in April.

Key specifications of the reference RX 560 are as follows:

  • Max Compute Units: 16
  • ROPs: 16
  • Stream Processors: 1024
  • Texture Units: 64
  • Transistor Count: 3 billion
  • Base Frequency: 1,175 MHz
  • Boost Frequency: 1,275 MHz
  • Peak Pixel Fill-Rate: Up to 20.400GP/s
  • Peak Texture Fill-Rate: Up to 81.600GT/s
  • Max Performance: 2,600GFLOPs
  • Memory: 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 on 128-bit interface
  • Memory speed: effective 7Gbps for 112GB/s bandwidth
  • TDP: 80W

Compare the above to the previous generation corresponding Polaris 11 card, the RX 460. Now, with the RX 560 you have two more CUs so there are 1024 streaming processors available, the previous gen card had 14 CUs enabled for 896 streaming processors.

Clock speeds have been tweaked in this generational uplift. Base/boost reference clocks of the AMD Radeon RX 460 were 1,090/1,200MHz. However, the additional enabled compute units and faster speeds have pushed up the required wattage a bit, from 75W to 80W.

In its own marketing comparisons AMD compares the RX 560, not against current or immediately previous gen graphics cards, but against its Radeon R7 360. It easily outperforms its old stablemate in modern games as you can see in the chart above. Testing was done in the featured games at 1080p, with medium quality presets, except Overwatch which was tested at 'epic' settings. On a system with an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-2667MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.2.1 and Windows 10 (64-bit) the Radeon RX 560 (4GB) scored 64.5, 67.5, 69.8, 62.5 and 109.7 (fps) respectively (chart top to bottom). Meanwhile the Radeon R7 360 scored 43.5, 35.3, 32.1, 46.2 and 74.1 (fps) respectively.

With AMD making the RX 560 official I am expecting a flood of partner card announcements shortly. I can already see listed products such as the 4GB Sapphire Radeon RX 560, with a 1,300MHz GPU boost clock, at $115. 2GB versions of the RX 560 are expected to sell at just under $100.

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With the extra CUs and a little more speed, this may be worthy of the generational name change unlike the other parts so far.
So if someone changed their RX460 BIOS from an 896 SP version to a 1024 SP version, could they soon uprate *that* into an RX560 BIOS, as has been done with the RX480s? What a journey.
why tf you show graphs with the r7 360 and not the rx 460? we already know the r7 360 is rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish, I just need to know if the 560 is too
why tf you show graphs with the r7 360 and not the rx 460? we already know the r7 360 is rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish, I just need to know if the 560 is too
Because it's a slide from AMD's marketing materials and they decided to compare the card against an R7 360 and not an RX 460?
Just nail it down as it is, does it run what it is supposed to do.. not everyone is crazy enough to buy the ‘highend’ stuff… though am one of the suckers myself that do so when upgrading a part or two… but if it just need to run a 1080p monitor or whichever why bother going nuts.