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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  • TheinsanegamerN - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    What are you talking about? No motherboard is reference, there are not AIBs working with GPU PCBs. ITX is a standard just like ATX. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    Ugh why can I not reply to comments. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    Perhaps. But unless you go HEDT, top end boards dont have as many benefits anymore.

    Theres very little OC headroom in consumer CPUs, with the possible exception of the max core count parts. Onboard sound is OK, and external DACs are quite reasonably priced. 10GBE and loads of M.2 slots are niche features.
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  • flyingpants265 - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    To any low-income people reading this comment, please open up ebay or craigslist, and get a RX570 for as low as $65 USD.

    To people with well-paying jobs, they would prefer to spend their expendable income on a brand new product. But people lacking $$$ should be looking squarely at the used market. There's never been a better time to go used IMO (even despite the virus). Ex-miner cards are not even a big issue.

    I got an RX580 in late 2018 for $80 USD, used it for a while, traded it for $80+1050Ti which I then sold for another $80 USD.

    RX570 for $40 USD locally. The other choice was a brand new 1660Ti for like $250.... it's not really worth the upgrade for a 1080p screen!

    Ryzen 2600 for $75 USD. A brand new 3600 cost almost 3x that in Canada... for a 15% performance increase, no thanks!

    So $115 USD, versus what would have been roughly $450, for just those 2 parts.

    If I went the super cheap route, I could have gotten a 2600/16GB/570 system, including all components, for about $330 USD. But I went Tomahawk max, 850W seasonic PSU, WD SN500 nvme, corsair air 740. Gets up to 400fps in CS:GO. Brand new games run fine except Metro which I would never play anyway. I'm in a great position to drop in a 2070S or something, if I ever feel like it.
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  • brucethemoose - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    980 TIs were golden deals for awhile, but it looks like they've dropped of CL.

    Every time I look on eBay, its just full of scalper listings :/. I do see some pretty cheap 570s, but TBH thats a pretty low end card now, as its slower than the 5500 and the comparatively ancient GTX 980.
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