AMD is selling some of its graphics cards of the RX 560 family with worse specifications than those theoretically shared by all these models. Some models have 14 CUs and 896 Stream Processors – which characterized the RX 460 – instead of the usual 16 CUs and 1024 SP. That makes in the market we are facing products that are called in essence in essence (Radeon RX 560), but that differ significantly in specifications and features. AMD has made this “reclassification” of their cards without any prior notice.
When AMD launched the RX 500 family with its GPUs based on the Polaris 11 architecture, it did so with those RX 560s in which the 16 computing units (Compute Units) were active. This was one of the clear differences with respect to the Polaris 11 architecture of the RX 460, which operated at a lower clock frequency, and also had fewer computer units and Stream Processors.
However, things seem to have changed for AMD, which has now “upgraded” some RX 460 by renaming them as RX 560. This has been seen on the AMD website, which has been quietly including some of those cards.
The consequence of this change is that there may now be confusion among users, since potential buyers will find that name for both models, and will have to be very attentive to the specifications if they want to have a “real” RX 560. For this, it is necessary to pay attention that they have the aforementioned 16 CUs and 1024 SP.
AMD issued a statement in this regard:
“We apologize for the confusion generated with the Radeon RX 560.”
“It is correct that two models of Radeon RX 560 are available: one with 14 Computation Units (14 CUs = 896 Stream Processors) and another with 16 CUs (1024 Stream Processors). We present the version of 14 CUs this summer to provide the market with more options of the RX 500 series. We have noticed that on certain websites there is no clear delineation between the two variants.
We are taking immediate steps to remedy this: we are working with all channel partners and custom model makers to make sure descriptions and product names clarify the CU count so that players and consumers know exactly what who are buying. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”
The Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 560 EVO has been selling for months in Spain and is a Radeon RX 460, for example.
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