AMD Radeon RX 560 benchmarks: the Red Team’s budget GPU simply isn’t powerful enough

At this point, we must ask ourselves: how many Radeon RX 560 are there on the market? When the graphics card was first released, there were 2GB and 4GB versions. Some models had additional PCI Express power, others did not. Some had factory overclocks, while others kept the original speeds. That’s confusing enough, but then a new version of the RX 560 appeared with only 14 of the 16 available compute units enabled: effectively a rebrand of the last generation RX 460. And then, multiple versions of that The low-end configuration was also unleashed on the market.

So let’s help explain the situation by offering some initial recommendations if you’re considering an RX 560. First, consider only the 4GB models of this card; The 2GB variants simply don’t have enough VRAM to be used in modern 1080p games. , and this will continue to be a problem in the future. Secondly, while the boost clocks for the RX 560 are in the region of 1220MHz to 1275MHz depending on the model, only cards with a PCI Express power input will be able to consistently achieve these speeds. We tested a Gigabyte board without PCIe power and found that clocks could drop to 1190MHz and then fluctuate, although increasing the power slider with the MSI Afterburner overclocking tool counteracted this behavior.

All of these variations make things excessively confusing for the uninitiated and even make it difficult for us to decide which cards we should really try. In the end, we decided to test the 14 and 16 compute unit models of the RX 560, with 4GB of RAM and equalized clock speeds. This should give you an idea of ​​the performance of the best RX 560 models on the market, with only the number of compute units setting them apart.

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The RX 560’s main competitors come from the other major player in the graphics card space, Nvidia, which also saw fit to offer a range of cards with slightly different specifications and capabilities. There are three cards to consider from Team Green: the GTX 1050 2GB, the GTX 1050 3GB, and the GTX 1050 Ti. None of the models we tested require a PCIe power input, making them a little easier to run on inexpensive power supplies. The more expensive Ti card is the fastest budget GPU on the market, while the stripped-down 2GB 1050 holds up remarkably well as the cheapest GPU in our range, but occasionally struggles in games with higher VRAM requirements (Battlefield 1). , we’re looking at you). The recently launched 1050 3GB seemingly offers the best of both worlds, performing anywhere from slightly worse to much better than the 2GB model at the same RRP, although retail availability in some regions is still clearly lower.

There are numerous RX 560 models available; We chose to test the best possible models that feature 14 and 16 computing units, with equalized and locked clocks.

Here’s our data for the nine titles on our current test list. Our benchmark system is quite advanced, but at the most basic level, bar graphs represent performance data expressed as an average and also at lower and higher frame rates. Click on the bar chart to switch between frame rate and percentage differentials with full mouseover support. That’s great, but if you’re viewing this page on a desktop PC and want to dig even deeper, play the relevant embedded video and watch the frame rate and frame time telemetry play out for each card. You can even use the controls on the right side of the video to add or remove different cards from the comparison in real time.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

We begin with Assassin’s Creed Unity, the 2014 release of the near-annual series set in Revolution-era France. The game can be a tough challenge for graphics cards with low VRAM amounts, but the 4GB of our RX 560 cards should be enough to overcome the challenge. However, the cards still fall compared to their Nvidia rivals, falling short of the playable standard of 30 frames per second. The GTX 1050 2GB, which lacks VRAM, comes in just a couple of frames per second behind the best RX 560, the GTX 1050 3GB is a few frames faster still, while the GTX 1050 Ti gets the best general result at a comfortable 37 fps.

AC Drive: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA

Ashes of the singularity

Next we have our first test of DirectX 12, the niche strategy game Ashes of the Singularity. This game was a popular benchmark as it offers a good stress test and includes a lot of options and settings to tweak. AMD cards tend to handle DirectX 12 a little better than their Nvidia equivalents, and in fact here we see the RX 560 cards outperforming the GTX 1050 2GB cards. However, the newly released GTX 1050 3GB performs much better, scoring seven percent faster than the best RX 560. The GTX 1050 Ti is still the overall winner at 32fps, 15 percent ahead of the best AMD card.

Ashes of the Singularity DX12: 1080p, extreme, no AA

Battlefield 1

Our third test is Battlefield 1, the 2016 title that focused on the trials of World War I. In addition to its signature large-scale multiplayer, the game also includes a short single-player campaign that provides a much more replayable benchmark. The AMD cards fare well here, with both types hovering around 50 frames per second with a slight three percent difference between them. The GTX 1050 Ti hits about 60 frames per second, while the GTX 1050 2GB shows its VRAM limitations with a terrible result: whether you’re playing in high or ultra-low DX12 mode, it’s a slideshow. The 3 GB GTX 1050 leaves the 2 GB model behind with a respectable 48 fps, almost matching AMD cards.

Battlefield 1: 1080p, Ultra, TAA

Crisis 3

Crysis 3 is still a difficult game to run smoothly, even five years after its release, especially at the very high preset we’re using in our testing. The RX 560 models fall behind their Nvidia competition here, with the most powerful card of the pair hitting just 37fps on average. In contrast, the GTX 1050 cards achieve around 43 fps and the 1050 Ti hits 47 fps. These cards should be able to hit 60fps by switching from very high to high settings, assuming your CPU is up to the task.

Crysis 3: 1080p, very high, SMAA T2X

The division

The Division is our next DirectX 12 benchmark. This 2016 game is set in post-pandemic New York, with stunning graphics and a compelling mix of MMO and third-person shooter mechanics. Our AMD cards again perform better here than in DirectX 11 titles, with a confident 20 percent lead over the GTX 1050 2GB, which simply doesn’t have the VRAM to do the job. However, the GTX 1050 Ti continues its unbroken reign with a solid 33 fps, closely followed by the GTX 1050 3GB at 31 fps.

The Division DX12: 1080p, Ultra, TAA

Far Cry Primal

Next up is Far Cry Primal, the tween game that falls between the fourth and fifth numbered entries in the popular open-world series. The RX 560s return to their usual position at the bottom of the stack, with both cards recording results of around 30fps. Meanwhile, the two Nvidia cards show their dominance with results close to 40 frames per second. Interestingly, we have the HD texture pack enabled here, but it doesn’t seem to bother the GTX 1050 2GB, at least in the benchmark. In fact, the 3GB version of the card shows worse performance at just 37fps, probably due to its limited memory bandwidth.

Far Cry Primal: 1080p, Ultra, SMAA

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is the latest (and most demanding) title in this version of our benchmark suite, thanks to a demanding ultra-tuning that surpasses anything we’ve seen before. Here, the GTX 1050 can outperform the RX 560 cards despite its limited VRAM, with the 16 compute unit version of the card placing 7 percent behind the 2GB GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 Ti is again even further ahead, recording a score of 40 frames per second, which is a 20 percent deficit for the AMD card.

Ghost Recon Wildlands: 1080p, very high, TAA

The Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider is the eleventh game in the Lara-led series that began in 1996. The latest title supports a ton of modern graphics technologies, ensuring a good workout for our GPUs using a very high preset ( with high textures). ) and SMAA. The top RX 560 is neck and neck with the GTX 1050 2GB here (although the experience is less stable there due to the lack of RAM), while the GTX 1050 3GB has a small but comfortable lead. Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 Ti advances with a lead of more than 15 percent over the RX 560.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 1080p, very high, SMAA

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 remains an incredibly popular title that also offers a unique graphical challenge, making it a good choice for our reference suite. Unfortunately, AMD Radeon RX 560 cards don’t perform well in this 2015 game, with a five percent gap to the GTX 1050 and a 15 percent gap to the GTX 1050 Ti. In addition to the low average frame rates, the RX 560 cards also have terrible stuttering, which simply doesn’t materialize in any of Nvidia’s offerings.

The Witcher 3: 1080p, Ultra, POST-AA, No Hairworks

Generational comparison

We’ll conclude with a look at how the RX 560 compares to members of the AMD family, including the high-end RX and Vega graphics cards and the older R9 Fury X. It’s worth keeping in mind that these are all high-end components than the RX 560, so don’t expect miracles even if some time has passed since its launch.

Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA

We hope these words, live graphics, and illustrative photos have made this confusing collection of graphics card models a little easier to understand. For more information, you can check out our review of the RX 460, the immediate predecessor of the RX 560.

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