It looks like AMD has updated the specifications of its Polaris-based, low-end Radeon RX 560 graphics card. Oddly, the updated specifications was announced rather quietly. Only the specifications on the official product page of the RX 560 was changed; no press release was issued by the red company.
So, let’s see what has changed. Earlier this year, Radeon launched the RX 560 that featured 16 CUs (compute units). This time round however, the company has now introduced a slower variant of the RX 560 with 14 CUs. Besides that, the “new” RX 560 variant also comes with 896 Stream Processors – 128 less compared to the “original” RX 560.
The aforementioned differences between both variants of the RX 560 should translate in a noticeable gap in performance. Other specifications of the new RX 560, however, is kept similar to the original variant. That said, we do expect the less powerful variant of the RX 560 to come at a slightly lower retail price.
There is, unfortunately, one minor issue that may occur once this new RX 560 is introduced to the market: confusion. A general consumer who simply walks into his/her favourite PC hardware store to look for a RX 560 graphics card may not be able to determine which variant is faster/slower. This is because both variants carry the same name: Radeon RX 560. Because of this, we’d advice our dear readers to consult retailers regarding the specifications of the RX 560 that they’re selling before actually buying the card.