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

Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 560 4GB Gaming OC Edition

Specifications

Asus uses the same matte graphite shroud that we've seen on its previous models. It's not particularly conservative, but it doesn't jump out at you either. A back-lit logo is perhaps the most eye-catching highlight, and you're able to control its color output via software. There are also a couple of stickers in Asus' bundle for adding flair, if you feel like tacking them on.

There’s no backplate, which we find a little surprising given this particular card's price tag (expect to pay ~$150, whereas the least-expensive Radeon RX 560s sell for $130).

A six-pin power connector is found on the card's top edge, all the way at its back.

The thermal solution's cooling fins are oriented vertically, meaning waste heat is directed down toward your motherboard and out to the side of your case. Fortunately, Polaris 11 isn't a particularly hot GPU.

Display outputs include one DP 1.4 connector, an HDMI 2.0 interface, and one DVI port, all three of which can be used simultaneously. DVI is fine, though it's really falling out of vogue. We imagine it makes the most sense on an entry-level graphics card like this one that might go into a lower-end machine without a brand new monitor.

Board and Power Supply

Asus uses a custom PCB sporting 4+1 power phases. Its design looks a little unconventional from the front and back. Case in point, the memory's VRM is over there on top-right, below the six-pin power connector.

On the back and behind AMD's GPU, you'll find a number of surface-mount components that generate a significant thermal hot-spot in our infrared images. The BIOS is in the same vicinity, and it heats up quite a bit as well.

GPU Power Supply

PWM Controller
Digi+ EPU
Realtek
ASP1206

VRM
M3056M
UBIQ
High-side
1x per phase

M3054M
UBIQ
Low-side
2x per phase

N-channel MOSFETs


Coils
SAP II
Super Alloy Power
Ferrite Core Chokes

Memory Modules & Power Supply

Memory Modules
H5GC8H24MJR-ROC
SK hynix
4x 8Gb module
7 Gb/s

PWM Controller
uP1540
uPI Semiconductor
Synchronous-rectified
Buck converter
Single-phase
VRM
M3056M
UBIQ
High-side

M3054M
UBIQ
Low-side

N-channel MOSFETs


CoilsSAP II
Super Alloy Power
Ferrite Core Chokes

Other Components

Fan Controller
8915FN
ITE
Fan control
Monitoring
BIOS
Winbond 25X20
Kynix Semiconductor
EEPROM
BIOS


Other Features

Additional Features
- 1x six-pin auxiliary power connector
- Regulated fan connection for case fan

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  • 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
    Anonymous 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
    Quote:
    ...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
    Anonymous said:
    Quote:
    ...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:
    Quote:
    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.
  • nukedathlonman
    I had flashed my XFX RX-460 to an RX-560 (no issues in doing this simple BIOS flash) - I got no complaints about it. Performs well (60FPS is all I aim for given my older 60hz non-freesync display) in gameing at 1920x1200 at high (Deus Ex Mankind) or medium high settings (GTA V) with an overclocked Phenom II x6 backing it up. GPU is still the bottleneck, buy I don't care given the systems age and how little I've spent on it.
  • nukedathlonman
    I flashed my 4GB XFX RX-460 to an RX-560 - got no complaints about either RX-460 or RX-560. I only aim for 60fps (older 60hz panel, no freesync) and get that with high or medium high settings at 1920x1200. I do like how quiet my card is.
  • cryoburner
    Anonymous said:
    Did you read the review?

    At the beginning of the conclusion:
    Quote:
    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.

    But they said they "couldn't wait" to review it, when they apparently could. : P

    And technically, the RX 560 was released in the spring, not the summer, though it's possible that they might not have got a unit in for review until a bit later. It is worth pointing out that the GT 1030 came out around the same time though, and they had no problem getting a review up for that over two and a half months ago.

    It also seems like an RX 560 review might have been worth prioritizing, in light of the fact that any higher-end cards from AMD have been priced out of the market for months due to cryptocurrency mining. Had it not been for the miners, the RX 570 would have likely been available for not much more than $150 by this point.
  • cangelini
    Anonymous said:
    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.


    Good catch--should be 75W. Fixed!
  • cangelini
    Anonymous said:
    Quote:
    ...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


    We didn't get RX 560s for our U.S. and German labs until recently--after all of the other craziness this year.
  • damric
    As someone pointed out, you can unlock the shaders on the RX 460 to full equivalent RX 560. Was figured out when all of the Mac versions of the RX 460 were already shipping fully unlocked.
  • bit_user
    Anonymous said:
    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.

    It's actually not bad, if you look at the benchies. Particularly in DX12 and Vulkan, it's very close to the more expensive 1050 Ti. Even beats it, in one case.

    As to your question about how this came about, the game changer seems to have come when Nvidia switched to tile-based rendering, in Maxwell (900 series). Ever since, AMD hasn't been able to catch up.
  • Cryio
    RX 560: As fast or faster than 1050.

    If we add Tessellation Override to x16 or x8 in driver: Substantially universally faster than 1050, probably on the same playing field or faster than 1050 Ti.

    Conclusion: Must buy as a low-end GPU.
  • logainofhades
    It is like AMD isn't even trying, due to their focus on Ryzen. Oh well, they make miners happy I guess.
  • cryoburner
    Anonymous said:
    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.

    Anonymous said:
    It is like AMD isn't even trying, due to their focus on Ryzen. Oh well, they make miners happy I guess.

    I don't think it's so much that they're not trying, it's that their cards were found to be better for cryptocurrency mining than Nvidia's, resulting in them being in short supply, and prices rose accordingly. From the launch of the RX 400 series last year, up until earlier this year, they were offering very good performance per dollar, and had compelling products readily available at the levels most people buy.

    Just six months ago, you could find plenty of RX 480s for well under $200, offering performance close to a GTX 1060 for considerably less. At times, some 4GB RX 480s even went on sale with rebates bringing them down near $150-$160, about what you would currently pay for a 1050 Ti with far less performance. The only real reason to consider a 1050 Ti then would have been if you had a pre-built system with an underpowered PSU or small form factor, since for a little more you could get an RX 470 or 480.

    They did take too long to fill in the high end of their range with Vega though. And I suspect that Vega would have been a much more impressive launch had it not been for mining messing up the market. Vega 56 and 64 might have had significantly lower official launch prices, and the cards would have probably been available for those prices, and not marked up further. Considering that their official launch price for the 8GB RX 580 was $229, it wouldn't have surprised me if Vega 56 would have been around $329 to $349, and Vega 64 around $429 to $449.

    I would definitely like to see AMD work on their efficiency though, since Radeon cards used to be quite good when it came to that, often better than Nvidia. I'd rather not have the noise and heat from a 200+ watt graphics card in my system if possible, and Nvidia currently has them beat on that. Of course, with the recent mining shortages, having better efficiency at a similar performance level could have actually made availability even worse.