AMD targets esports audience with new Radeon RX 560 graphics card

amd rx 560 debut rx560 01
Gigabyte/Newegg
Although AMD fans may be eagerly awaiting its Vega graphics cards, the red team isn’t quite finished with its RX 500 series just yet. It’s quietly debuted a new card called the RX 560, which it claims offers “smooth esports performance,” and is ready for AAA gaming.

One of the hallmarks of games aimed at mass adoption, especially with a competitive, esports flavor to them, is that they aren’t too taxing on a system. Yes they can be prettier with high-end graphics cards, but they don’t need that to look good or hit high framerates. That’s what AMD is banking on with its RX 560, which is much more impressive than its predecessors, but hardly set to break any records.

That’s not what it’s designed for, though. In marketing material, AMD highlights that it’s capable of offering as much as 2.5 times the performance of an RX 360 from two generations past. It is also said to be capable of hitting 110 frames per second in Overwatch when running on ‘epic’ settings at 1080P.

The testing saw the card paired up with an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU and 8GB of DDR4, which helped deliver frame rates above 70 on average in Hitman and Battlefield 1, as well as 68 and 65 FPS in Doom and Civilization VI, all on medium settings.

amd rx 560 debut 560results
AMD

The card itself sports 16 compute units, giving it 1,204 stream processors. As Hexus points out, the more apt comparison, with the RX 460, shows it adding a pair of CUs which gives it that extra 128 stream processors.

The clock speed has also been increased over its last generation counterpart, though that’s been a hallmark of the RX 500 series. It’s now 1,175MHz at base, with a boosted clock speed of 1,275Mhz, which works out to 85Mhz and 75Mhz more than the RX 460.

That added performance has raised the power requirements, too, though only by five watts. The new RX 560 demands just 80w of power to operate. Memory wise, buyers will have a choice between a 2GB and 4GB version, both using GDDR5.

The price tag for the RX 560 is around $100, though partner versions ranging up to $120 are already available if you want more advanced cooling and factory overclocks.

Computing

AMD Threadripper 2990WX hits 6GHz under liquid nitrogen overclock

AMD's Threadripper 2990WX was already powerful when it debuted with 32 cores and 64 threads, but one overclocker has used liquid nitrogen to push a single core up to 6GHz for a new world record.
Computing

Intel teases new dedicated graphics card slated for 2020 release

Intel has confirmed plans to launch a dedicated graphics card in 2020. Although precious few details exist for the card at this time, it was silhouetted in a recent Intel video showcased at Siggraph 2018.
Computing

AMD’s new 32-core Ryzen Threadripper chip is out, and you can get one for free

AMD’s 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX CPU is now available for $1,800. It’s compatible with motherboards packing the TR4 socket and the X399 chipset. The only other new Threadripper chip arriving this month will be the 2950X.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses - something no phone…
Deals

Best Buy drops the price of MacBooks for its anniversary sale

It's not every day you see a MacBook sale like this, so you'll definitely want to consider these savings -- especially if you're a student. Students can save an additional $150 just by signing up for Best Buy student deals.
Deals

Walmart Back to College sale: Save big on computers, TVs, tablets, and more

Walmart's Back to College sale is your chance to score big discounts on name-brand electronics, so whether you're getting ahead of the new school year or just doing some shopping, we've picked out the best deals that can save you hundreds…
Computing

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 chip appears in benchmarks with improved performance

A benchmark for Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 850 processor show a less-than-stellar increase in multi-core performance over the previous 835 chip. Introduced in June, the Snapdragon 850 promises up to 30 percent better performance.
Computing

These 30 apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find for the latest MacOS and how they can help out your…
Computing

Apple’s rumored entry-level MacBook may appear in September starting at $1,200

Apple may reveal new products in September including an entry-level 13-inch MacBook based on Intel’s seventh-generation processors. Apple originally intended these units to rely on Intel’s now-delayed 10nm “Cannon Lake” processors.
Mobile

AirDrop makes sending files to Apple devices easy -- here's how

Want to send files or photos to your friends when you're standing directly beside them? Instead of texting or emailing, why not learn how to use AirDrop? Here's everything you need to know about using AirDrop on both iOS and MacOS.
Deals

Stay safe on the web and save up to $70 with McAfee Total Protection

If you don't have some sort of protection on your phone, tablet, or computer, you're basically leaving the door open for anyone looking to do some cyber burgling. Protect yourself for a year with McAfee Total Protection for just $30.
Computing

PDF to JPG conversion is quick and easy using these simple methods

Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.
Product Review

Recent production woes make the Eve V a worse buy than it once was

Our Eve V review looks at a crowdsourced detachable tablet that checks some boxes for its backers. Its delay in making it to the market holds it back in some areas, and Eve Technology is an unknown quantity.
Computing

With Q#, Microsoft is throwing programmers the keys to quantum

Quantum computers aren’t yet practical, but Microsoft has already developed a programming language for them. Q# works inside Visual Studio, just like most other languages, and could offer a gateway into the weird world of quantum physics.