ASRock has announced its latest ITX graphics card for small form factors, the Radeon RX 5500 XT Challenger ITX. This new mini-ITX card is based on AMD's Navi 14 GPU and offers 8 GB of GDDR6 memory attached to a 128-bit bus, with the same core and memory clock speeds as a reference model.

Finding a graphics card for a small form factor system can be tiresome with very little on the market to choose from. One of the big trade-offs of graphics cards designed for small form factor systems is that beefier models such as AMD's RX 5700 XT, and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are too large in design to accommodate such a small PCB, which is where smaller cards designed particularly for the ITX form factor come in.

Focusing on the ASRock RX 5500 XT Challenger ITX 8G, it is very small for its power with dimensions of 190 x 139 x 42 mm, meaning that it is just under 7.5 inches in length. It features a single 10 cm cooling fan on its front, embedded in a white and silver dual-slot cooler, which is designed to direct hot air out of the rear of a chassis. The cooler on the ASRock RX 5500 XT Challenger ITX 8 G is actually longer than a reference model (7.5 vs 7.1 inches) but is still much smaller than most aftermarket designs from other vendors.

Physical size aside, the card is very similar in specifications to other 5500 XT cards on the market. The Challenger ITX ships with a base core clock of 1607 MHz and acn boosts up to 1845 MHz. Meanwhile the effective memory core clock speed of 14 Gbps. Unsurprisingly then, with its reference-like clocks, the card is targeted towards 1080p gaming.

As for display outputs, ASRock has outfitted the card a trio of DisplayPort 1.4 connectors as well as a single HDMI 2.0b port. Feeding the mini monster is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX PCIe power connector, which is more than sufficient to meet its 130 W TDP.

ASRock hasn't announced when the Radeon RX 5500 XT Challenger 8G will be available at retailers, nor has it provided any information about its price.

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  • Kohlhagen - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Here is an example of some of my Mini-ITX builds over the past few years.
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  • Kohlhagen - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Example of some of my Mini-ITX Builds
  • Valantar - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    While I do applaud OEMs making more ITX GPUs, calling this "very small for its power" is a bit misleading. There are RTX 2060s in the same size class after all. Nonetheless good to see some AMD ITX GPUs hit the market, as they have been few and far between since the (amazing for its time) R9 Nano. Reply
  • StrangerGuy - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    ITX or not the only reason 5500XT with wonky PCIe 8x only and driver issues can even move stock now is only because NV GPUs has mostly become unobtanium thanks to COVID. During normal times I for one would gladly pay the $50 extra for a 1660S in a heartbeat. Reply
  • jtd871 - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    It's a RX5500. I doubt this card would saturate even a x8 connection.

    Please go ahead and buy whatever card you like, for whatever reason, at whatever price you're willing to pay. Nobody's holding a gun to your head forcing you to buy a card you obviously don't like.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    The x8 connection has already shown to be a serious issue when used on 3.0 connections and the 4GB VRAM config. It was all over the internet at launch. I guess you missed it. Reply
  • Valantar - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    ... The 1660S is a much higher tier GPU, and if you're looking at that kind of price range, why not then go a bit further and get an RX 5600 XT? The driver issues are also seriously overblown - the vast majority of initial bugs were fixed early, and what remains is generally a tiny but loud minority. Not that exisitng bugs shouldn't be fixed ASAP, but rare and difficult to reproduce bugs take time to fix, and that situation is exactly the same for Nvidia. As for PCIe x8: how does that matter? Only the RTX 2080Ti is noticeably bottlenecked by an x8 link anyhow, so you'll never notice a difference. Also, remember that the 5500 XT is a PCIe 4.0 card and thus has the same bandwidth as any 3.0 x16 card. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link


    A point few seem to have brought up: mATX boards and cases are cheaper than ATX and ITX, and their full ATX PSUs are cheaper than ITX PSUs. Hence mATX is the best choice unless you want an absolute top-end rig, or if looks/space are a critical priority.

    ITX SHOULD be cheaper... but its not :/
  • Valantar - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    ITX is more expensive because it's small enough to make engineering more challenging, which can significantly drive up costs. mATX isn't. Also,premium ITX boards are common, premium mATX boards are rare as chicken teeth. Reply
  • amnesia0287 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    To be more specific it’s a non-reference design which means they had to engineer their own pcbs. ANY non-reference design is gonna cost more, performance oriented or not. Reply

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