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ASRock is first to the gate with custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger

by Vyncent ChanJuly 18, 2019
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If you have been reading reviews of the Radeon RX 5700 XT but have promised yourself to never pick up a blower-style card, ASRock has gotchu fam. The ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger might very well be the first custom Radeon Navi card to be revealed.

Considering that ASRock would probably release their higher end custom designs as part of the Phantom Gaming brand, the Challenger series should be ASRock’s lower-end series. The cooler design looks pretty beefy though, with two fans and four thick 8mm heatpipes to dissipate the heat from the Navi 10 XT GPU.

It would be interesting to see how will AMD’s AIB partners price the cards. It should be priced around the same as AMD’s reference cards, although you should be able to enjoy much better performance with custom cards because blower coolers are just downright inefficient.

The ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger will come out of the factory with a mild 50 MHz overclock in the Game Clocks, but it does looks ready for some impressive overclocks. In place of the reference design’s 8-pin + 6-pin PCIe power connectors, ASRock’s design comes with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger Specs

  • AMD Navi 10 XT, up to 1905 MHz, 7nm FinFET
  • 40 CU, 2560 stream processors
  • 8GB GDDR6 @ 14 Gbps, 256-bit memory interface
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2 x 8-pin power connectors

Custom Radeon Navi are expected to roll out starting August 2019, so let’s see how much will these cards cost, and also how will they fare. There has been reports that the Radeon RX 5700 XT nips at the heels of a GeForce RTX 2080 when put under liquid cooling, so AMD’s partners will have a field day optimizing their cooling to deliver better performance!

Pokdepinion: What an apt name for the series. Challenger to the GeForce RTX GPUs. 

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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