AMD quietly launches slower Radeon RX 560

Published: 5th Dec 2017, 12:25 GMT   Comments

AMD released a new Radeon RX 560 SKU with worse specs, without telling anyone.

Radeon RX 560 with 896 Stream Processors

AMD tends to add ‘xxx SP’ to product names with a different number of stream processors. However, as the report from Heise.de suggests, that did not happen with Radeon RX 560, which received an updated specs on official AMD website.

As you probably remember, Polaris 11-based Radeon RX 460 was released with 896 Stream Processors. A year later full Polaris 11 chip with 1024 Stream Processors was offered as Radeon RX 560. Shortly after, a new variant was released for the Asian market, called RX 560D, which retained the original specs of RX 460 with cut-down GPU.

As it turns out, there are Radeon RX 560 non-D with 896 Stream Processors too, but no one was told about this new variant.

What exactly happened is illustrated in the following screenshots. The official specs from May and December:

The Compute Unit count has been reduced to 14, which means you can now find Radeon RX 560 with fewer cores. The official slide from Radeon RX 500 launch did not mention 14 CU variant:

The issue here is that in order to be absolutely sure which variant are you buying, you will have to compare product codes, as the official name of the card is the same. AMD could’ve easily adopted Asian-only SKU, the RX 560D, which would ultimately define worse specs. Sadly, that did not happen.

AMD Polaris 11 Graphics Cards
 Dec 12th, 2017Radeon RX 460Radeon RX 460 ‘1024 SP’Radeon RX 560DRadeon RX 560 ‘896 SP’Radeon RX 560 ‘1024 SP’
GPU14 nm Polaris 11
CUDA Cores
 
896
 
1024
 
896
 
896
 
1024
Base Clock
 
1090 MHz
 
1090 MHz
 
1090 MHz
 
1175 MHz
 
1175 MHz
Boost Clock
 
1200 MHz
 
1200 MHz
 
1196 MHz
 
1275 MHz
 
1275 MHz
Memory2GB/4GB G52GB/4GB G54GB G54GB G52GB/4GB G5

Source: Heise.de




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