AMD Issues Statement About Gimped RX 560
As we reported a couple of days ago, AMD quietly launched a new, slowed down version of the company’s entry-level RX 560 graphics card. The new variant comes with 14 CUs (Compute Units) instead of 16 CUs, like the full-fledged RX 560, throttling its power and making it a base copy of the RX 460, the card that was meant to be replaced with the RX 560.
The problem is that AMD didn’t notify anyone about the change, meaning that buyers could’ve bought the crippled version of the RX 560 without even knowing, which is bad, really bad. Fortunately, AMD decided to clean the mess it made and released a statement that they will make sure to clearly differentiate 14 CUs RX 560 from 16 CUs RX 560.
The company stated that:
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 (sic) 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.
Fortunately for potential buyers, AMD decided to make changes and made clear they will clarify the changes between two RX 560 versions. On the other hand, the fact remains that, if good people from Heise.de didn’t notice the change on AMD’s website, the company probably wouldn’t do anything to remedy the situation, since the statement above reads that the card in question launched during summer, and the change on AMD’s website was noticed just a couple of days ago.