AMD promised us that it wouldn't be long before we saw the first round of custom Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards from its OEM partners, and true to its word, the first trickle of cards is starting to see the light of day. The first of these new arrivals comes from ASRock, which has announced the Radeon RX 5700 Challenger 8G OC Series.
Right now, there are two cards that are available in the series:
- Radeon RX 5700 8G OC
- Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G OC
Both cards are obviously built around AMD's 7nm Navi RDNA graphics architecture, but they ditch the reference blower cooling setup in favor of a twin-fan arrangement and a metal backplate. There are four heat pipes to help wick heat away from the GPU along with dual 8-pin power connects to fuel the beast.
Given the custom design, what many people want to know is how these cards will perform compared to their AMD reference card counterparts. Luckily, we should see slightly improved performance across the board. The standard Radeon RX 5700 has base, gaming, and boost clocks of 1465MHz, 1625MHz, and 1725MHz respectively. The ASRock Radeon RX 5700 Challenger 8G OC cranks those speeds to 1515MHz, 1675MHz, and 1725MHz respectively.
As for the Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger 8G OC, its base/gaming/boost clocks climb to 1650MHz/1795MHz/1905MHz respectively compared to 1605MHz/1830MHz/1980MHz for the standard card.
All other specifications should mirror those of the standard AMD reference cards, which means that you'll find 8GB of 256-bit GDDR6 memory, three DisplayPort connectors and a single HDMI connector. At this time, ASRock has not announced pricing for the Radeon RX 5700 Challenger 8G OC Series, but they should be available in August from your favorite retailer.