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Intro

The Radeon RX 560 is an entry/mainstream video card from AMD, based on Polaris architecture. It has 1024 processing cores and 4 GiB of RAM. Let’s see if it’s faster than its competitor, the GeForce GTX 1050.

The Radeon RX 560 is based on the Baffin XT chip, which is a new version of the chip used in the Radeon RX 460, with more cores, and a higher clock rate. As its predecessor, it is manufactured under 14 nm technology.

The standard clock for the Radeon RX 560 is 1,175 MHz, with a turbo clock of 1,275 MHz. However, the tested video card, model “ROG-STRIX-RX560-O4G-GAMING” from ASUS, uses a 1,326 MHz base clock and a 1,336 MHz turbo clock, which means an overclocking of 4.8%.

The tested Radeon RX 560 has 4 GiB of GDDR5 memory (there are also 2 GiB models), running at 7 GHz with a 128-bit bus. Thus, it has a bandwidth of 112 GiB/s.

It is important to note that the Radeon RX 560 GPU uses a PCI Express 3.0 x8 connection, and not x16. However, this does not cause a performance decrease.

Being an average-entry video card, the Radeon RX 560 is aimed at less demanding games, like “E-sports”, “free-to-play”, MOBA titles, and casual gaming. It is not targeted at gamers that want to play “AAA games” with high resolution and/or high image quality.

Using price as a parameter, the competitor of the Radeon RX 560 is the GeForce GTX 1050 from NVIDIA. However, the model we tested from ASUS is above average price for Radeon RX 560 cards.

In this review, we compared those two video cards. We also included the Radeon RX 550 and the GeForce GT 1030, which are less expensive video cards.

The Radeon RX 560 supports DirectX 12, Vulkan, and hardware H.265 video decoding and encoding, also being compatible with FreeSync (to synchronize framerate on compatible displays), Eyefinity (multiple display support), and XConnect (video card on an external case) technologies.

Figure 1 shows the ASUS Radeon RX 560 video card.

ASUS Radeon RX 560Figure 1: The ASUS Radeon RX 560 (ROG-STRIX-RX560-O4G-GAMING)

In the table below, we compare the main specs from the video engines included in this review.

Video card

Core clock

Turbo clock

Effective memory clock

Memory bus

Memory bandwidth

Memory

Processing cores

TDP

DirectX

Price

ASUS Radeon RX 560 (ROG-STRIX-RX560-O4G-GAMING)

1,326 MHz

1,336 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

4 GiB GDDR5

1024

80 W

12

USD 140

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini

1,354 MHz

1,455 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

2 GiB GDDR5

640

75 W

12.1

USD 100

Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 (GV-RX550GAMING OC-2GD)

1,206 MHz

1,219 MHz

7.0 GHz

128 bit

112 GB/s

2 GiB GDDR5

512

50 W

12

USD 80

Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 (GV-N1030D5-2GL)

1,227 MHz

1,468 MHz

6.0 GHz

64 bit

48 GB/s

2 GiB GDDR5

384

30 W

12.1

USD 70

 

Now let’s take a closer look at the tested video card.