AMD Silently Lowers Radeon RX 560 Requirements, Now Addresses RX 460-course Solutions

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Spotted yesterday by Heise.de, AMD has silently reduced the technical specs of the Radeon RX 560 to encompass areas with fourteen CUs (896 Stream Processors), enabling them to be marketed alongside common sixteen CU (1024 SP) areas. The internet effect of this transform is that it permits Radeon RX 460-degree solutions to be marketed as Radeon RX 560 playing cards.

With the RX 500 sequence Polaris household refresh, AMD dependent the Radeon RX 560 on a completely enabled Polaris eleven GPU, meaning all sixteen of its CUs had been energetic. By contrast, AMD by no means transported a completely enabled Polaris eleven component below the 400 sequence (excluding the Macbook Pro unique Radeon Pro 460), so the RX 560 was a notable stage up from the fourteen CU Radeon RX 460. And when the logistics of chip binning intended that AMD by no means stopped making fourteen CU GPUs, once AMD did opt to market a fourteen CU component below RX 500 sequence lineup, it was launched as the regionally-minimal RX 560D.


July (best) vs Latest (base) RX 560 GPU Requirements on AMD.com

Even so as it turns out, at some point not too long ago in the earlier, AMD has also accepted promoting fourteen CU areas as common RX 560 playing cards. As uncovered by Heise.de, someday within the earlier several months the Radeon RX 560 product or service webpage on AMD’s web page was silently adjusted to involve the reduced fourteen CU technical specs, with July even now listing “sixteen CUs” only. The webpage does not be aware any transform and even now lists 4/eighteen/seventeen as the complete launch day, so small of being aware of what to glimpse for, the reduced technical specs are virtually a footnote.

(Revised) AMD Radeon RX 560 Specification Comparison
  AMD Radeon RX 560 (New) AMD Radeon RX 560 (Outdated) AMD Radeon RX 460 AMD Radeon R7 360
Compute Units fourteen/sixteen CUs
(896/1024 SPs)
sixteen CUs
(1024 SPs)
fourteen CUs
(896 SPs)
12 CUs
(768 SPs)
Texture Units fifty six/64 64 fifty six 48
ROPs sixteen sixteen sixteen sixteen
Base Clock <=1175MHz <=1175MHz 1090MHz N/A
Boost Clock <=1275MHz <=1275MHz 1200MHz 1050MHz
Memory Clock 7Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5 6.5Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
VRAM 2GB/4GB 4GB 4GB 2GB
Transistor Depend 3B 3B 3B 2.08B
Typical Board Electricity 60-80W 60-80W <75W 100W
Producing System GloFo 14nm GloFo 14nm GloFo 14nm TSMC 28nm
Architecture GCN 4 GCN 4 GCN 4 GCN 1.1
GPU Polaris eleven Polaris eleven Polaris eleven Bonaire
Start Day ~10/2017 05/2017 08/08/2016 06/eighteen/2015
Start Price tag $ninety nine $ninety nine $119 $109

The consequence of this transform is that AMD and its partners can now sector and ship reduce-accomplishing graphics solutions labelled below the very same “RX 560” branding. And in truth they surface to be performing so suitable now, not only in an OEM context through a currently delivery Pc as noted by Heise.de, but also playing cards from AIB partners. Sapphire RX 560s now have a separate 896 SP SKU component quantity (11267-eighteen) but even now branded the “Pulse Radeon RX 560,” when ASUS has a “RX 560 EVO OC” 896 SP component. The PowerColor Red Dragon RX 560 4GBD5-DHA product or service webpage only specifies a reduce clockspeed but its 896 SP rely was discovered on its Newegg listing.

Which provides us to the up coming point of how this does translate in conditions of shopper-struggling with e-tailers. Amazon is right promoting both equally ASUS playing cards devoid of SP counts and only referring to the GPU as RX 560 EVO, when Amazon British isles is promoting the Sapphire card devoid of any indication of fourteen CUs. Moreover, Newegg is right promoting a few 896 SP RX 560s, with the SP rely in the description: the PowerColor Red Dragon 4GBD5-DHA (and the 4GBD5-DHAM brown box variant), alongside with the ASUS ROG Strix EVO Gaming OC. Based mostly on listing launch dates, this 896 SP RX 560 circumstance has existed because at minimum the beginning of October.

Putting this into efficiency numbers, in a greatly compute or texturing-minimal state of affairs, these reduced technical specs would let for playing cards around 12% slower than playing cards developed to AMD’s original technical specs. In effect, AMD is now ready to ship the reduce-accomplishing RX 460-like playing cards, but has completed so in a quite non-transparent, shopper-unfriendly manner.

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Now it really should be noted that rebrands like this are not unusual with OEM areas and the most affordable-end retail SKUs, and that goes for both equally NVIDIA and AMD. OEM playing cards in certain are frequently utilized to burn up off extra chips or other stock that is just sitting around. What is atypical here is that it seems that AMD has silently swapped out the technical specs of a mainstream ($a hundred+) retail product or service a single that is already delivery. And if what we’re noticing here with AIB partners follows, then the transform is without a doubt right joined to in close proximity to-silent downgrades, albeit slight, of graphics areas that people would otherwise believe are better-accomplishing.

We have achieved out to AMD for any clarification, but we have not read back again from them as of press time.

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