Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC Review

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC

A great graphics card, with real gaming chops at an affordable price. Available in 2 GB and 4 GB models.



Price (When Reviewed)

When we reviewed these two cards they were on sale at Amazon for £119.97 (4 GB) or £109.99 (2 GB). If you want to see all the deals and pricing we’ve sourced on the cards from sites other than Amazon skip to All Deals and Pricing.

Gigabyte AMD GV-RX560GAMING OC-2GD 2 GB GDDR5 128 Bit Memory DVI/DP/HDMI PCI Express 3 Graphics Card - Black

Last update was in: December 5, 2019 9:03 pm

GIGABYTE AMD GV-RX560GAMING OC-4GD 4 GB GDDR5 256-Bit Memory DVI/DP/HDMI PCI Express 3 Graphics Card - Black

Last update was in: December 5, 2019 9:03 pm
£246.94

Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC Review

The Radeon RX 560 sits at the lower end of AMD’s new Radeon RX 500 series (check out our full round up of the top 10 graphics cards of 2017). It fits in the performance gap between e-sports, such as GS:GO or League of Legends, and modern AAA titles which even the very top end cards can struggle to run in 4K at Ultra detail settings.

The Radeon RX 560 will give you a solid high frame rate for e-sports at maximum detail settings, and will give good performance on AAA titles although with the detail settings turned down a bit.

However, the best part is the price!

What's the Cost?

The AMD Radeon RX 560 OC will currently cost you £109.99 from Amazon for the 2 GB version or £119.97 from Amazon for the 4 GB version. These are both factory overclocked cards that are fitted with enhanced cooling so they cost a bit more than other RX 560 cards which are not overclocked out of the factory.

There is also the slightly less powerful Radeon RX 550 2GB OC which is currently available for £77.97 from Amazon. This is the baby brother of the RX 560, and will still offer solid performance on e-sports games but you will have to turn the graphics detail down slightly more on a AAA title.

Design and Features

The RX 560 looks very similar to the RX 550 2GB OC card which we included in our full round up of the top 10 graphics cards of 2017. The only obvious difference (visually) is that it also includes an additional 6-pin PCI-E power connector, although this has also removed on the second version of the RX 560 card.

The card itself has twin cooling fans which can be controlled by the Gigabyte software to provide variable cooling – Running from silent operation to maximum cooling depending on the load you are putting onto the card. There are no fancy lights but the card is solid and well built.

The RX 560 is slightly more expensive than the RX 550 but some of the specifications are almost doubled. Both cards are based on AMD’s Polaris technology, but the RX 560 features 1024 stream processors (compared to 512 on the RX 550) and both cards are available in 2 GB or 4 GB memory versions. The memory on both is GDDR5 providing 7 Gbps over a 128-bit bus.

The RX 560 also provides 64 texture units, compared to the 32 available on the RX 550, as well as an increased clock speed. The stock RX 560 runs at 1,275 MHz with boost enabled; while the Gigabyte OC version runs at 1,300 MHz when enabled through the Gigabyte software.

The RX 560 also provides a DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and DVI-D outputs which support high resolution and refresh rates. As well as supporting HDR, FreeSync and latest APIs such as DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0 and Vulkan.

Performance

The RX 560 is more than good enough for e-sports and tough enough to also run AAA games. For the money is performs extremely well and is a big jump in performance over the RX 550 for not a large jump in cost.

The scores in 3D Mark has it fitting in between the NVidia GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti cards, which is also roughly where it sits in price.

The Gigabyte cards are overclocked by default, but you can turn them back to stock speeds for silent running.

In real-world gaming with overclocking enabled, the RX 560 performs very well in Alien Isolation running well over 60 fps at 1080p with Ultra quality settings and will average around 46 fps when the resolution is cranked up to 1440p.

However, in a more demanding game such as Deus Ex Mankind Divided the RX 560 can only get to 60 fps with a resolution of 720p and the quality settings down on low. Taking it up to 1080p with Ultra quality sees the performance drop off to around 23 fps. So to get 30 fps at 1080p you’ll need to drop the quality settings down a bit.

Still a very respectable performance for a card that costs just over £100!

If you take the card down to silent mode you’ll see a performance drop of around 2-3%, which will likely mean a few frames per second. While this doesn’t sound like a lot it can make the difference between a smooth playing experience and some frame drop.

There are two versions of the card, the one we have reviewed here and provided links to is the version 1.0 card which comes with the extra 6-pin power connector. The version 2.0 card has removed this extra connector so it will fit into a slightly smaller case, but by removing the extra power the processor has been clocked lower at 1,176 MHz and overclocked to 1,234 Mhz. If you can, always get the version 1.0 card as it offers much better performance overall.

With lower end cards the memory doesn’t have as much of an impact on performance, but for the extra £10-20 we would recommend going for the 4 GB version as it will be much more future-proofed and you’ll find it lasts longer before needing to be upgraded.

Specifications

Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC V1.0:

  • AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU
  • Codename: Polaris
  • Process: 14nm
  • Core clock: 1,300 MHz OC mode, 1,275 MHz Silent mode
  • Memory clock 7,000 MHz
  • Memory bus width: 128-bit
  • Processor cores: 1024
  • Texture units: 64
  • ROPs: 16
  • APIs: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan
  • Memory type and capacity: GDDR5 2GB
  • Cooling system: Windforce 2x
  • Power connectors: 6-pin
  • Ports: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x Dual-link DVI-D
  • Maximum resolution: 7680×4320@60Hz, maximum HDMI resolution 4096×2160@60Hz
  • Simultaneous outputs: 3
  • Card width: 2 slots
  • Dimensions:190 x 37 x 111mm
  • Cosmetic enhancements: none
  • Recommended power supply: 400W
  • Warranty: 3 years

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