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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  • npz - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    I have not seen any small footrpint ITX cases that can fit full size cards, double slot but short like this videocard, or plain full size. All of the ITX cases for full size cards are big, just as large a footprint as mATX. All the cube size ITX are big, they may be short, but still wide footrpint. I have a small slim area under my desk -- a horizontal slot sized space between the top desk and its bottom cabinet -- and a vertical slot area in between my desk and cube sized ITX cases just won't fit. But I did buy a slim SFF/mATX case that would allow me to use the space effectively and have all the expansion I need. All of the OEM slim desktops in mATX form factor would also fit too.
    While there are slim ITX cases that would also fit, what's the point of giving up expansion, when slim mATX cases would do just as well fitting in these constricted areas?
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  • Reflex - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    Dan A4-SFX is 7.2L, one of the smallest ITX solutions on the market. Reply
  • Valantar - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    Well, then you obviously haven't been looking very hard. Sure, there aren't many (or really any) mainstream case manufacturers making truly SFF ITX cases. But there are _tons_ of boutique/low volume/enthusiast-made ones. Dan A4, Loque Ghost, Velkase (the Velka 5 stands out, though the 3 is also amazing), Lazer3D LZ7 XTD, Ncase M1, Sidearmd T1, anything from K. Sliger - I could go on. The NFC S4 Mini is also worth a honorable mention even if it (outside of rather serious modding projects) needs an external power brick.

    Most mainstream ITX cases (like the NZXT H2x0 series etc.) are >2x the volume of these, though you have some decent console-style cases from Fractal and others, and the NZXT H1 is a great recent effort for a non-boutique SFF case. The Lian Li TU150 and In Win A1 are also decent if imperfect. Mainstream mATX cases are typically barely smaller than ATX cases, and are definitely nowhere close to SFF.

    Of course there are also tiny mATX and even ATX cases if that is your goal - the Cerberus/Cerberus X stand out there - the ATX Cerberus X has nearly 7l less volume (that's an entire Dan A4!) than the ITX NZXT H2x0 series. At 19l it's exceptionally small for a full ATX case, especially one that actually lets you use all its expansion slots.
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  • TheUnhandledException - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    Sure nobody said it wasn't useful it is just a question of HOW useful. It would be nice if there was a size between mATX and ITX. Two expansion slots and two m.2 slots is really all I want. It would also be nice if there was some modernization of connectors. The ATX power connector is massive and wastes a lot of space and most of those pins go unused on modern boards. Likewise replacing 4 SATA ports with a single SFF-8643 (mini SAS HD connector) would save space. Not much chance of that happening but it would be nice. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    I mean... mATX has what you describe. The size difference is almost nothing. It would be 10inch square, 6 inches high, supporting 2 cards.

    I used to be a mini-ITX fan, but then I realised having really really small computers is a little pointless outside of fashion and other specialized applications. mATX is near-perfect, it supports everything you need, and it's smaller. Should be the new standard, IMO..
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  • Reflex - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    I haven't needed a second expansion slot in probably ten years now. mATX is a waste of space for people like me as it offers nothing else. Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    "Size difference is nothing". The Dan A4 SFX is 7.2 l in volume. The Cerberus, which is the smallest mATX case of note, is 18.2 l. The Cerberus obviously has more room for cooling etc, but the Dan can still house pretty much any system configuration as long as you don't need an overclocked flagship CPU.

    Also, "small computers are pointless outside of fashion and other specialized applications"? That statement can easily be entirely reversed - for the vast majority of users, who have a single GPU, no other PCIe devices, a mid-range CPU and 1-2 drives, there's absolutely no need for anything larger than SFF ITX. Thus _large_ computers become pointless outside of fashion (RGB 4 lyfe?) and other specialized applications (those needing more expansion etc.).
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  • Reflex - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    I agree with all except the mid-range part. You can stick a 16 core Ryzen 3900X in a Dan A4-SFX pretty easily. That's top end. That said we may be defining high end differently, I don't really include those Xeons sold as Core series chips, those are in a different space IMO. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    I basically agree. mATX is a better choice and only adds a couple inches in exchange for the whole extra PCI-E slot.

    The case for mini-ITX: it can support 4 DIMM slots, boards like this exist, but it should be standardized. Maybe add an extra inch lengthwise (not height) if it's so hard. 2 slots may be useful, but I think most things can be done thru USB-C. And storage is M.2.

    The real problem is that graphics cards are poorly cooled and strangely oriented. The GPU PCB should be aligned with the motherboard PCB, PCI-e connector on the SIDE, so they form a single board that looks like an Xbox360 board. Then both chips have tower coolers and wind tunnels so no heat builds up inside the case. Easy peasy.

    _[x]_._[x]_ <--front view of the board, each [x] is a cooler/wind tunnel that can handle 300+ watts. This should have been the standard for decades, only reason we're still stuck on ATX is that manufacturers are lazy.
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  • Reflex - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    Many of the mITX cases available solve the cooling issue via a sandwich layering with the GPU and motherboard back to back and a PCIe extender to connect it. Works well and is a superior cooling solution even compared to full ITX due to the ability to put a barrier between them. Reply

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