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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  • johnthacker - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    Eh, I feel like mini-ITX boards do well enough for most people. You can always pair a mini-ITX board with a mATX case purely for the graphics card room. Every mATX case I've seen makes it easy to mount mini-ITX as well. Reply
  • Brane2 - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    Which can't be reasonably cooled within that form-factor.
    mini-ITX is good enough for an APU, perhaps with low-profile extra card, like 10G Ethernet or something.
    Reply
  • bananaforscale - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    Actually, you're demonstrably wrong. All it takes is engineering. Reply
  • Reflex - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    Noctua does a fine job. The Dan A4-SFX also supports water cooling if that is your thing, all in a 7.2L case. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    100% completely false info. Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    I've seen ebough tiny builds with 2080Tis (and 1080Tis before that) and various high end CPUs to know for a fact that is entirely false. Go over to the SFF Network forums and have a look. You'll learn something. Reply
  • Reflex - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    Yup, I've got the Dan A4 with a Ryzen 2700X, 32GB PC3000 & MSI GTX1080 from early 2018. It's nearly silent and slays anything I throw at it.

    There is no need to compromise in this space.
    Reply
  • Koenig168 - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    mATX is neither here nor there. ITX for a sleek profile or ATX for a full-sized rig makes more sense. Reply
  • deil - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    Yup. Most people want EITHER small or powerful. Not many can compromise in kind of smaller but em not really. And itx to mATX is not gaining much as they both end up with 240 water AIO at best.
    a bit less hassle with cables, but 22l itx box with custom cables provided is even easier to build than full atx.
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  • AdditionalPylons - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    It is of course a matter of personal needs, but I quite like mATX. I often find the single PCIe slot of mITX limiting. But I still think you are right about most people choosing either mITX or ATX.
    Then there are also a few ATX cases which are smaller than many mATX cases. I remember making a nice i7-3770 build many years ago in the cheap and compact CoolerMaster Elite 361, which is a 25.6L ATX case! It had its PSU cleverly located in the front.
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