AMD Rumoured to Release RX560D—Likely Aimed for Cryptocurrency Mining
Ben Jones / 3 years ago
Reliable Chinese tech rumour website MyDrivers suggests a new AMD Radeon video card might be heading for release. They suggest that it will most likely be the Radeon RX 560D. This is not surprising considering the large volume of existing RX 460 GPU which could be turned into an RX 560D with a BIOS update. Both AMD and NVIDIA have a long tradition of gimping or upgrading video cards through the BIOS. Even GPU cores are often disabled that way.
Radeon RX560D Made for Mining?
According to MyDrivers, these RX560D cards will feature the same 896 streaming processors as the RX 460, which itself is cut down from 1024 SPs. These cards seem to be also aimed for the Chinese market for now, which has a very large demand for GPU mining.
AMD also released an RX470D specifically for the Chinese market before. It was basically a cut down RX470 with 1792 Streaming Processors,while the core frequency remained unchanged from 926-1206MHz. It was available in 2GB and 4GB versions using GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus, but with a slightly lower memory frequency of 5.7GHz. This lowered the power consumption from 120W down to 110W.
Pricing and Availability
In terms of the RX560D, there is no information yet as to what GPU and memory clock speeds. According to MyDrivers, compared to a full blow RX560, the cut-down RX560D can save up to 50% less TDP. That actually sounds dubious unless the clock speeds are gimped too far down.
Like the RX470D, the RX560D will be available only in China, but could trickle out in some markets and OEMs. Due to the high demand for cryptocurrency mining GPUs however, do not expect to pay reasonable RX460/RX560 prices.