Phantom Gaming: ASRock Unveils as an AMD GPU Partner
ASRock has officially introduced its first graphics cards. The Phantom Gaming family will initially include four GPU models based on the Radeon RX 500-series GPUs and are aimed at the mainstream market segment. The lineup of four boards will allow ASRock to understand its potential on the market, but will hardly pose a strong competition to other players.
ASRock’s Phantom Gaming family consists of four graphics cards running AMD’s Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs: the Phantom Gaming Radeon RX550 2G, the Phantom Gaming Radeon RX560 2G, the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX570 8G OC, and the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC. The cards will ship with default frequencies comparable to those recommended by AMD, but all of them support OC mode that can be activated using ASRock’s proprietary overclocking utility.
All of the Phantom Gaming graphics cards rely on PCBs and cooling systems developed by ASRock. The higher end Radeon RX 570/580 boards use large coolers featuring two fans as well as an aluminum radiator with a copper base and three heat pipes. The entry-level Radeon RX 550/560 adapters are compatible with Mini-ITX systems and feature basic aluminum radiators with one fan. The manufacturer says that it uses premium thermal grease as well as double ball bearing fans to maximize lifespan and efficiency of its cooling systems. To maximize compatibility, all the cards carry DVI-D, DisplayPort and HDMI outputs in order to connect to all kinds of displays.
|Brief Specifications of ASRock's Phantom Gaming Graphics Cards|
|Phantom Gaming Radeon RX550 2G||Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 560 2G||Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX570 8G OC||Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC|
|GPU Clock||Silent||1056 MHz||1103 MHz||1228 MHz||1324 MHz|
|Base||1100 MHz||1149 MHz||1280 MHz||1380 MHz|
|OC||1144 MHz||1194 MHz||1331 MHz||1435 MHz|
|Memory||Capacity||2 GB||8 GB|
|Clock||Silent||5760 MT/s||6720 MT/s||7680 MT/s|
|Base||6000 MT/s||7000 MT/s||8000 MT/s|
|OC||6240 MT/s||7280 MT/s||8320 MT/s|
3 × DisplayPort 1.4
|Launch Date||Q2 2018|
So far ASRock has not disclosed any plans to use AMD’s flagship Vega graphics processors, but since it is only entering the market of video cards for the first time, the company is clearly a bit cautious.
ASRock has not announced MSRPs for its Phantom Gaming video cards, but considering the fact that street prices of GPUs are high these days, it is hardly something surprising. Expect the newcomer to sell its products at prices that are competitive against established players.