Although AMD has not been very vocal about this, a cut-down version of the AMD RX 560 has been released that offers 896 cores instead of the full 1024. It is important to note that we had a similar situation in the past where there was the AMD RX 460 with the 895 cores. Later on, people were able to unlock the whole 1024 cores.
Keeping all this in mind, AMD later released a version of the AMD RX 460 that featured the full 1024 cores out of the box. When the AMD RX 560 first came out it featured 1024 cores but now there is a turned down version that is a cut-down version. This version of the AMD RX 560 will be priced lower as compared to the full version.
The AMD RX 560 has 14 CUs as compared to the full version that comes with 16 and features 4 GB of VRAM. This graphics card is ideal for 1080 gaming especially if you are planning on playing multiplayer online games like DOTA2, LOL and Overwatch. The graphics cards will also allow you to play some AAA games but you will need to turn down the settings in order to get some decent FPS.
Update: According to AMD:
It’s correct that 14 Compute Unit (896 stream processors) and 16 Compute Unit (1024 stream processor) versions of the Radeon RX 560 are available. We introduced the 14CU version this summer to provide AIBs and the market with more RX 500 series options. It’s come to our attention that on certain AIB and etail websites there’s no clear delineation between the two variants. We’re taking immediate steps to remedy this: we’re working with all AIB and channel partners to make sure the product descriptions and names clarify the CU count, so that gamers and consumers know exactly what they’re buying. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”
We also heard about the AMD RX 560D that is a mining oriented GPU and you can learn more about that here. AMD will need to make the difference clear on the box as well as the marketing material as users do not want to buy the slower version by mistake.
This should be a great graphics card for budget builders. We will keep you updated regarding the performance of this graphics card and how well it performs as compared to the standard AMD RX 560 as well as other graphics cards like Nvidia GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti.
Let us know what you think about this AMD RX 560 with the fewer cores and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these graphics cards.