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ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming Review (Page 1)

ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming Review

ASRock expands its Phantom Gaming series with its new custom Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card. Here's our full review of it.

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 18, 2020 at 10:38 am CDT - 2 mins, 34 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRockModel: B0841KK57Y

Introduction

ASRock entered the custom Radeon graphics card market with its Phantom Gaming series of cards back with the Polaris-based Radeon RX 500 series, and has been steadily introducing new members to that Phantom Gaming series since.

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Fast forward to today and the Navi GPU architecture, we have AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 series and Radeon RX 5600 series both launching, with ASRock deploying Phantom Gaming variants of both of those series of cards -- and now, the lower-end Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card.

I've already checked out the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT PULSE OC (with 4GB of VRAM) and the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X (with 8GB of VRAM), but today we're looking at ASRock's entry with the Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming -- which like the MSI GAMING X variant, has 8GB of framebuffer.

AMD's new Navi range of graphics cards have PCIe 4.0 support, something I plan to test out after this wave of Radeon RX 5500 XT reviews. Inside, the Radeon RX 5500 XT uses the Navi 14 GPU on the 7nm node, which packs 22 RDNA compute units, 1408 stream processors, 88 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory at 14Gbps on a 128-bit memory bus.

ASRock provides its Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming series graphics cards with factory overclocks on the GPU, cranking the GPU clocks up to 1737MHz Game Clock, and 1845MHz boost.

Detailed Look

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The packaging isn't that flash, I don't think this would attract eyes to the shelves/online -- but thankfully the card looks good in the flesh.

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ASRock goes for a cheaper-looking style with its Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming series graphics card, with its dual-fan cooler and stylish backplate. It doesn't look super-expensive, but it's not a cheap looking card by any means. I actually dig the simplicity ASRock has gone with here on the Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card.

The two fans ASRock is using on the Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming series graphics card drop down to 0dB under low loads, offering some silence between those gaming sessions.

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The company has use d a thermal pad on the back of the card to help with thermal efficiency, so it's not just a fancy looking backplate -- but rather a functional, stylish backplate.

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The ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming series graphics card from the top, where we can see it is a nice and thin dual-slot card with the 'Phantom Gaming' branding at the top between the fans.

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Once again from the bottom, where we can see some of that heat pipe goodness peaking through.

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You will need just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector to get the ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card up and running.

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We have 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 and a single 1 x HDMI 2.0 connector on the card.

It wouldn't be a new graphics card without some RGB lighting, with ASRock using ARGB LEDs with Polychrome SYNC meaning you can get your RGB lighting synced on a supported ASRock motherboard.

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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