ASUS is rolling out a new Radeon RX 560 video card. This new custom-design part is called Strix Radeon RX 560 DirectCU II EVO and what makes it so special is that it's powered entirely by the PCIe slot.
To achieve this, ASUS made some sacrifices in terms of the hardware and clockspeeds. Usually, these custom parts are clocked higher than the reference cards but this special edition is actually clocked lower than AMD's reference frequencies and has fewer stream processors. It's really a weird card and it almost looks like ASUS is recycling chips from AMD:
The card comes with clock speeds that are below AMD-reference clocks, with 1149 MHz core, with a restrained 1187 MHz boost, and a software-enabled OC mode, which runs the GPU at 1197 MHz, against AMD-reference clocks of 1175 MHz core, 1275 MHz boost. The memory ticks at 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective), which is below the 7.00 GHz reference clock. What's even more curious about this card is it features just 896 stream processors, and not the 1,024 that are standard to the RX 560. The card features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface.
The model has a dual-slot, dual-fan cooling solution and has no additional PCIe power inputs. Pricing and availability is unknown.