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AMD Radeon RX 560 vs. GTX 1050

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Last year, AMD introduced the first Polaris generation of GPUs. With it, AMD delivered many new features, along with great performance in the latest games and greatly improved efficiency. Since launch, AMD has been hard at work delivering continued support by updating/adding features and improving our driver ecosystem.

Still, many users have graphics hardware that is more than two years old and have yet to move to the most recent technology. Thanks to the Polaris architecture and a mature 14-nm FinFET fabrication process, the Radeon™ RX 560 offers a rich mix of performance and capabilities for around 100 euros. This makes the RX 560 the ideal upgrade from an older graphics card or an integrated graphics solution that can't keep pace with the latest games – be it eSports or AAA titles.
  • Best value for money at around the 100 euros price point
  • Consistently smooth animation in the world's most popular games at 1080p
  • Avoids the performance pitfalls caused by running out of video memory due to 4 GB models being available
  • Reduces wasted energy and cuts input lag via the motion-adaptive Radeon Chill algorithm
  • Brings variable-refresh gaming to the mainstream when paired with affordable FreeSync™ displays
The Radeon RX 560 Series Graphics plays gamers' favorites at a smooth 1080p, from the latest eSports games and MOBAs to the most popular, graphically intensive AAA titles. As more games adopt DirectX 12 and Vulkan™, combined with frequent software updates by AMD, the RX 560 will also continue to deliver in the future. In addition, AMD FreeSync 2 takes gaming to the next level by bringing to the masses yet more premium features, such as the variable-refresh technology and HDR.

For only around 100 euros, the Radeon RX 560 outperforms the competition at this price point while showing the significant difference of upgrading from a previous generation.

AAA games are generally designed for gaming enthusiasts and push the GPU to its limits. Thanks to available 4 GB variants, the Radeon RX 560 performs well against its main competitor across a wide range of AAA titles:

Radeon Chill saves power during games

The Radeon Chill algorithm monitors user inputs in order to determine whether or not quick motion is happening on the screen during a game, and dynamically regulates the framerate based on that information. During peak gameplay, Radeon Chill works to deliver the full framerate potential of Radeon graphics. As in-game movement decreases, Radeon Chill reduces your gameplay framerate, enabling high-performance graphics when you battle and saving power when you explore.

Some of the biggest eSports titles, such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends and Overwatch, are ideal candidates to pair with Radeon Chill. Radeon Chill has a minimum and maximum FPS range that can be configured through Radeon Settings. This prevents FPS from ever dropping below the preferred threshold while lowering the power consumption, heat production, temperatures and cooling noise - without perceptibly altering the gaming experience.

*Test environment specifications

Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 1st 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4 GB DDR4-2667 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.1.1, NV WHQL Driver 378.49 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1080p: Civilization 6 (Medium Presets, DX12), Mass Effect: Andromeda (Low Preset, DX11), Resident Evil 7 (Medium Presets, DX11), DOOM (Ultra settings, Vulkan) and Hitman (Medium Presets, DX12). The Radeon™ RX 560 (4 GB) scored 64.5, 69.8, 65.4, 67.5 and 62.5 respectively. The ZOTAC GTX 1050 scored 48.5, 50.4, 63.4, 56.8 and 42.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and as an average of three runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.
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