Update - Dec 6th - AMD has published a statement regarding the recent surreptitious launch of its new cut-down Radeon RX 560 graphics cards. On many storefronts these graphics cards are being sold under the exact same name as the standard Radeon RX 560 despite feature 896 Stream Processors versus 1024 Stream Processors on the previous model.
“It’s correct that 14 Compute Unit (896 stream processors) and 16 Compute Unit (1024 stream processor) versions of the Radeon RX 560 are available," writes AMD in a statement. "We introduced the 14CU version this summer to provide AIBs and the market with more RX 500 series options. It’s come to our attention that on certain AIB and etail websites there’s no clear delineation between the two variants. We’re taking immediate steps to remedy this: we’re working with all AIB and channel partners to make sure the product descriptions and names clarify the CU count, so that gamers and consumers know exactly what they’re buying. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”
It shouldn't really have come to this but at least AMD is aware and taking steps to rectify the situation. In the meantime, if you're planning to purchase a Radeon RX 560 then make sure you confirm with the seller which version of the GPU it is.
Original Story - Dec 5th - Buyer Beware - AMD Launches Cut Down Radeon RX 560 With Fewer Cores
Pay careful attention if you’re looking to buy a Radeon Rx 560 this holiday season - AMD has quietly been slipping revised versions of the GPU onto the market with a cut-down configuration.
Cast your mind back to July and you may remember AMD launching a Radeon RX 560D for the Asian market. It featured a cut-down GPU with 896 Stream Processors, versus the 1024 Stream Processors found on the standard Radeon RX 560. It now appears that much the same version of this graphics card is being phased into markets around the world, although you’ll have to pay close attention to make sure you’re picking up the higher end original model.
Unsurprisingly, the cut-down Radeon RX 560’s launch hasn’t been treated to a PR fanfare from AMD. Nor was the original Radeon RX 560 to be honest, which was kicked out the back door in the summer. It’s a minor improvement over the Radeon RX 460, increasing the GPU clocks from 1090 MHz Base / 1200MHz Boost to 1175 MHz Base / 1275 MHz boost, as well as increasing the core count from 896 to 1024 Stream Processors.
This latter change is the one that’s been undone, so we’re now left with a slightly modified graphics card that sits somewhere between the Radeon RX 460 and the Radeon RX 560 (1024 SP). If I had to guess I’d suggest this is AMD looking to clear out excess stocks of its older GPU, bundling it onto the market under the same name as the full-fat RX 560.
The problem now stems from various retailers playing fast and loose with the specs. Some conveniently refer to the new model as the Radeon RX 560D, yet others don’t, so if you’re going to pick one up, be sure to inquire first to ensure you get the more powerful model.
From the looks of it, there doesn’t seem to be any price differential between the two models. It’s disappointing AMD hasn’t taken steps to ensure the two graphics cards aren’t going to get mixed up as those not in the know may find themselves shafted.
What are your thoughts on this marketing mix-up? Should more be done to inform consumers which GPU they’re buying? Let us know!