ASUS ROG Strix RX560 Gaming 4GB – Unboxing


The ASUS Strix Radeon RX 560 Gaming is a mid-range graphics card by AMD, launched in April 2017. Built on the 14 nm process, and based on the Baffin graphics processor, in its Baffin XT variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0. The Baffin graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 123 mm² and 3,000 million transistors. It features 1024 shading units, 64 texture mapping units and 16 ROPs. AMD has placed 4,096 MB GDDR5 memory on the card, which are connected using a 128-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 1326 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1336 MHz, memory is running at 1750 MHz.

Over the previous RX 460, the RX 560 has two more compute units enabled, 896 vs. 1024 streaming processors. The TDP went from 75 Watts on the RX 460 to 80 Watts with the RX 560, with this Strix card having a 6-pin PCI-E power connector. AMD views the RX 560 more as a replacement to the R7 360 than the RX 460.

Display connectivity options include a DVI port, HDMI port and t DisplayPort.

A dual 6mm nickel-plated heatpipe and aluminum heatsink  takes away heat from the GPU core so the dual fans can dissipate it.

The ASUS STRIX Radeon RX 560 uses two IP5X dust-proof fans, similar to what ASUS uses with the rest of their STRIX video card line. It is capable of turning off when the load is minimal for complete silence.

Let’s move on to take a closer look at the components on the PCB which are hiding under the cooler. On the left, we have the I/O backpanel containing the three digital video outputs, followed by the graphics processor in the middle surrounded by four pieces of GDDR5 memory chips. The left side of the PCB sports a number of voltage regulation components (MOSFETs) and controller and total up is 4+1 power phases. You may find the list of components below.

Components Brand Model
4 x 1GB DDR5 Video Memory Micron 60A47
10 x Low-side N-Channel Mosfet QFN M3056M67615E
5 x High-side N-Channel Mosfet QFN M3056M67936E
Choke ASUS Custom Unknown
7x Taiwanese Soild Capacitors AP-CON 5KX01 820 -2.5V
5x Japanese Capacitors NIPPON CHEMI-CON G6D2270 – 16V
DC input/output current buck controller Digi+ ASUS Custom Unknown
Mosfet switches IC Unknown Unknown

The 4+1-phase Super Alloy Power II system, encompasses the capacitors, chokes, and co-packaged MOSFET solutions. The electronic components are touted to offer longer lifespans and improved temperature or efficiency performance.

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