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ASRock Launches Custom Radeon RX580, 570, 560, And 550 GPUs

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A few weeks ago, rumors of ASRock entering the graphics card market swept the internet. We have to admit that we didn’t think they were true, but ASRock later posted a teaser that all but confirmed them. What was once rumored has become true: ASRock launched its Phantom Gaming line of AMD Radeon graphics cards. There are four products in total. From highest- to lowest-end, they are the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC, RX570 8G OC, RX560 2G, and RX550 2G. All of them feature ASRock’s custom cooling and clock profiles. We’ll go over them in pairs because the higher- and lower-end cards share some similarities with each other.

Before we get into the individual cards, however, we should go over what we’ve gleaned of ASRock’s GPU philosophy. All of the cards, regardless of whether they have “OC” in their name, have an OC, default, and silent mode. This is set from ASRock’s companion software, Phantom Gaming Tweak. We’re not quite sure what the “OC” term actually denotes. As we show below, the two cards with the label run above AMD’s reference clocks in default mode, but the two cards without the label run below reference clocks in all modes.

Beginning with the higher-end cards, ASRock’s Phantom Gaming X RX580 and RX570 use a custom dual-fan cooling solution. The heatsink is a direct contact type with three heatpipes, and the fans use double-ball bearings. For video outputs, the cards have three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, a HDMI 2.0 port, and a dual-link DVI-D port. Both cards use a single 8-pin connector for power. We’ve broken down how the clocks of ASRock’s RX 580 and RX 570 compare to AMD’s reference in the table below.

ProductPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OCAMD RX 580 ReferencePhantom Gaming X Radeon RX570 8G OCAMD RX 570 Reference
OC Mode1,435 / 8,320MHzX1,331 / 7,280MHzX
Default1,380 / 8,000MHz1,340 / 8,000MHZ1,280 / 7,000MHz1,244 / 7,000MHz
Silent Mode1,324 / 7,680MHzX1,228 / 6,720MHzX

At the lower end of ASRock’s new GPUs are the Phantom Gaming X RX560 and RX550. These cards have simpler cooling solutions with one double-ball-bearing fan and no heatpipes. They have one Displayport 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, and one dual-link DVI-D connector for video output. In all modes, both of these cards run at clocks that are significantly below AMD’s reference. We’ve broken down how their clocks compare to AMD’s reference in the table below.

ProductPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX560 2GAMD RX 560 ReferencePhantom Gaming X Radeon RX560 2GAMD RX 550 Reference
OC Mode1,194 / 6,240MHzX1,144 / 6,240MHzX
Default1,149 / 6,000MHz1,275 / 7,000MHZ1,100 / 6,000MHz1,183 / 7,000MHz
Silent Mode1,103 / 5,760MHzX1,056 / 5,760MHzX

All in all, ASRock’s new graphics cards don’t bring anything that we haven’t seen already. They don’t have any RGB lighting frills, don’t have an over-the-top cooling solution, and aren’t crazily over-built for overclocking. With rumors circling of anti-competitive marketing practices by Nvidia, it can only be a good thing for AMD to strengthen its partner branding by signing on new AIB OEMs such as ASRock.

Currently, we have no pricing or availability information on ASRock’s Phantom Gaming X graphics cards. With the cryptocurrency-mining craze still going strong, though, you probably shouldn’t expect to acquire these cards at their MSRP anyway.

ProductPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OCPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX570 8G OCPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX560 2GPhantom Gaming X Radeon RX560 2G
GPU (Codename)Polaris 20Polaris 20Polaris 21Lexa
Shader Units2,3042,048896512
Base & Boost Clocks1,380MHz (Boost)1,280MHz (Boost)1,149MHz (Boost)1,100 MHz (Boost)
Memory Size & Type8GB GDDR58GB GDDR52GB GDDR52GB GDDR5
Memory Clock8,000MHz7,000MHz6,000MHz600MHz
Memory Bandwidth256GB/s224GB/s96GB/s96GB/s
Fans2 x unknown diameter2 x unknown diameter1 x unknown diameter1 x unknown diameter
Ports1 x HDMI 2.0, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x dual-link DVI-D1 x HDMI 2.0, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x dual-link DVI-D1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x dual-link DVI-D1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x dual-link DVI-D
Power Connectors1 x 8-pin PCI-e1 x 8-pin PCI-eXX
Dimensions (L x H x D)278.81 x 126.78 x 41.91mm215.14 x 128.98 x 43.65mm169.58 x 130.89 x 42.05mm169.58 x 130.89 x 42.05mm
WeightUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Warranty1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    ASRock nice!
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  • alextheblue
    Here's hoping the article I read about an Eth-capable ASIC miner is true. Might help bring mid-to-high end graphics prices back down to earth.
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  • zodiacfml
    I hope they compete with Sapphire's implementations, that is, huge heatsinks and fans. My Sapphire RX 570s have lower temps at lower fan speeds compared to other brands. If you get lucky, they also overclock higher.
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  • ZRace
    I like the (kinda) old school cooler design, but the clock speeds don't have me confident for now.
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  • cryoburner
    Warranty: 1 year
    Having once had a graphics card fail after a little more than a year, with only a 1 year warranty, I now try to avoid cards with such short warranties. At least if a card fails after a couple years or more, there will likely be substantially better hardware on the market, so you can think of it as a good excuse to upgrade. Most cards now offer 2 to 3 years of coverage, so it would be nice to see ASRock do the same. It doesn't show much confidence in their hardware if they don't appear to be reasonably sure that it will last at least 2 years.
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  • MadOver
    Excited to see them finally on the VGA side of things. All motherboard players have them but Asrock.
    Will be interesting to see what they will do in the future, as they always been very innovative with their motherboards.
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  • Loadedaxe
    When are these suppose to hit the streets?
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