Computex has been an absolute blast this year with AMD being the star of the show with the 3rd generation of their Ryzen CPU’s featuring 7nm. AMD is already a favourite among a considerable population of PC enthusiasts with their approach to hardware development. However, it seems that ASRock wanted to join in on all the enthusiasm and presented their versions of the Radeon RX 5000 line of GPU’s which feature AMD’s Navi architecture.
As they’ve only just been announced at computex, there isn’t much to be said about the specific of these cards. However, it is certain that they tackle both the mainstream and high-end gaming markets. This is a pleasant deviation for AMD who focused primarily on the mainstream, budget market with their RX 470/480 and RX 570/580 line of cards with their high-end cards (Vega 56 and Vega 64) being too unmatched with the competition in terms of price to performance ratios.
Two of the cards will be part of ASRock’s Phantom Gaming series, which is their high-end and mainstream line of cards, and 1 will belong to their Taichi series of cards, which comprises only on their mainstream cards.
There isn’t much deviation from convention in terms of design, all 3 cards will have a triple fan design and will have bulky shrouds which will make them take abit more than the standard 2 pcie slots. All 3 cards have excellent heatpipe configurations with Aluminium fins which should help tremendously with cooling.
ASRock has taken an interesting approach with their Graphics Card design this time around, the RGB lighting around the shroud and on the backplate should provide sufficient illumination to complement most builds out there. Furthermore, even with the lights off, the silver and black metal aesthetic of the cards does not disappoint. Hence, if you plan on picking one of these up for aesthetics, they will not disappoint. Speaking of picking these cards up, it is speculated that these cards will hit the shelves by September of this year.
Radeon’s RX 5000 Graphics Cards
If you hadn’t heard of the RX 5000 series prior to this, don’t hold yourself to it. The RX 5000 series was announced with the preview of the ASRock designs for the card. The RX 5000 series will be based on AMD’s Navi architecture, as mentioned previously. It is said that there will be 2 variants of the card, a 180W and a 150W TDP variant. in the demo presented at computex, The RX 5000 series card was 10% better than an RTX 2070 and at the same TDP. Furthermore, it is expected that the card will be significantly cheaper than the Turing-based competition. More details to come at E3 2019.