AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB Review: 1080p Gaming On The Cheap

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Cooling & Noise

Thermal Solution

Asus’ cooler is quite simple. It consists of an aluminum body with fins, which is made using continuous casting. Below it, there's a separate sink for the GPU’s VRM. Meanwhile, the memory VRM doesn't receive any cooling.

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Cooling Solution Overview
Type of CoolerAir cooling
Heat SinkAluminum; two partially-flattened, pressed-in heat pipes
Cooling FinsAluminum block; continuous casting
Heat Pipes2x 6mm, nickel-plated
VRM CoolingOnly via separate (small) sinkCooling for MOSFETs-only
RAM CoolingNone; indirect via fan airflow
Fan2x 7.5cm fan assembly11 rotor bladesControlled; semi-passive

The big heat sink has wide slits cut through it, allowing air to pass through to the PCB from both sides. Two heat pipes are partially flattened and pressed into the cooler’s body; this is supposed to improve heat transfer from the GPU throughout both sides of the sink.

That VRM heat sink we mentioned is more than ample. It doesn't have much headroom for cooling, though. Our highest overclock necessitated a manual fan speed increase to keep the VRM continuously under 100°C.

Fan Speeds & Noise

The fan curves suggest a conservative and noise-optimized profile. There’s no sharp initial impulse to get the fans spinning, and no clear hysteresis. Asus' semi-passive mode is simply a product of the fans’ mechanical/electrical limits and the corresponding voltages. This is what causes the fans to start and stop. It’s a simple, but not very elegant, solution.

The stress test results are similar., though the fans spin a bit faster due to the card’s higher power consumption.

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Fan Speed & Noise Measurements
Fan Speed (Open Benchtable, Maximum)2058 RPM
Fan Speed (Open Benchtable, Average)2050 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Maximum)2222 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Average)2214 RPM
Noise (Air, Maximum) 41.7 dB(A)
Noise (Air, Average)41.2 dB(A)
Noise (Air, Idle)0 dB(A)
Noise Characteristics /Subjective ImpressionsAlmost no low-frequency bearing noisesClearly audible motor noises <1 HzAudible air/airflow noises

What follows is a high-resolution graph of our measurements that covers the entire frequency spectrum, illustrating our subjective acoustic impressions.

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Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • firerod1
    Cute the price of the 560 by 20$ than it will work.
  • RomeoReject
    Cutting it by $20 would make it a $100 card. They'd likely be losing money at that price point.
  • firerod1
    20235344 said:
    Cutting it by $20 would make it a $100 card. They'd likely be losing money at that price point.

    I meant this card since it’s 1050 ti price while offering 1050 performance.
  • cryoburner
    ...we couldn’t wait to see how Radeon RX 560 improved upon it.

    Is that why you waited almost half a year to review the card? :3
  • shrapnel_indie
    20235672 said:
    ...we couldn’t wait to see how Radeon RX 560 improved upon it.

    Is that why you waited almost half a year to review the card? :3

    Did you read the review?

    At the beginning of the conclusion:
    The pace at which new hardware hit our lab this summer meant we couldn’t review all of AMD’s Radeon RX 500-series cards consecutively.
  • Wisecracker
    4GB on the Radeon RX 560 = "Mining Card"

    The minimal arch (even with the extra CUs) can't use 4GB for gaming like the big brother 570. The 2GB RX 560 even trades blows with its 4GB twin, along with the 2GB GTX 1050, at the $110-$120 price point for the gamer bunch.

    Leave the RX 560 4GB for the "Entrepreneurial Capitalist" crowd ...

  • bit_user
    I think your power dissipation for the 1050 Ti is wrong. While I'm sure some OC'd model use more, there are 1050 Ti's with 75 W TDP.

    Also, I wish the RX 560 came in a low-profile version, like the RX 460 did (and the GTX 1050 Ti does). This excludes it from certain applications. It's the most raw compute available at that price & power dissipation.
  • senzffm123
    correct, i got one of those 1050 TI with 75 W TDP in my rig, doesnt have a power connector as well. hell of a card!
  • turkey3_scratch
    My RX 460 I bought for $120 back in the day (well, not that far back). There were some for $90 I remember, too. Seems like just an RX 460. Well, it is basically an RX 460.
  • jdwii
    Man Amd what is up with your GPU division for the first time ever letting Nvidia walk all over you in performance per dollar, performance per watt and overall performance, this is very sad.

    Whatever Amd is doing with their architecture and leadership in the GPU division needs to change. I can't even think of a time 2 years ago and before where nvidia ever offered a better value.