Friday, February 8th 2019

ASRock Launches Its Radeon VII Phantom Gaming Graphics Card

The leading global motherboard, graphics card and mini PC manufacturer, ASRock, launches the flagship level product - Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card, featuring AMD's world's first 7nm Radeon VII gaming GPU and 16GB 4096-bit HBM2 memory with powerful computing performance, plus full instruction set support such as DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 and Vulkan for the latest AAA-rated games, virtual reality (VR), 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation computing workloads. It provides a great experience for enthusiast gamers and professional creators.

The Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card is equipped with the Radeon VII gaming GPU built on the latest 7nm process technology based on the next-generation Vega architecture, achieving a base/boost frequency of 1400/1750 MHz and with 16GB 4096-bit HBM2 memory which is twice the capacity of the previous generation Radeon RX series, while the 1TB/s maximum memory bandwidth that is 2.1 times of the previous generation. The average game performance increased by 29%, and the average content creation efficiency increased by 36% compared with the previous generation Radeon RX series.
With the increased architecture and performance, coupled with the support of DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, and the latest Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technologies, enthusiastic gamers can enjoy the seamless, high-refresh HDR gaming experiences at highest resolutions; creators can also run the next-generation photo and visual creation applications on the 8K monitors. In addition, the card uses a triple fan design to optimize the heat dissipation, ensuring a long-time, stable operation. It also has three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports to support up to four displays for multi-monitor output that can deliver a greater flexibility in use for gamers and creators.

"ASRock is pleased to partner with AMD to launch a flagship product such as the Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card." said Mr. LL Shiu, President of ASRock. "Whether you are an enthusiastic gamer or a professional content creator, you can get a great user experience by the outstanding performance provided by this graphics card."

Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card is also included in ASRock's Radeon graphics cards promotion with AMD: from Februrary 7th, 2019 to April 6th, 2019, each customers who buy the ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics cards will also be qualified to get three bundled games for free (worth $180 in total): Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. For more information, please visit: https://www.asrock.com/news/events/2018AMDRISEGAME/

Overall, ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card is equipped with AMD Radeon VII - the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, and 16GB large capacity 4096 bit HBM2 memory, to provide a powerful and comprehensive performance for gamers and professional creators with the latest process and technologies. The bundled activities of the three AAA games also bring a higher added value. From this point of view, ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G graphics card is undoubtedly an excellent choice in the current flagship graphics cards.
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20 Comments on ASRock Launches Its Radeon VII Phantom Gaming Graphics Card

#1
kastriot
It seems nobody wants to bother with custom design.
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#2
net2007
Good for them. We need competition. Nvidia's getting greedy.
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#3
gamebynight
So... all of these "customs" are literally just sticker swaps, is that right?
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#4
EarthDog
Well, AMD stated no partner cards, then powercolor showed a version with their cooler on it......... who knows.

I'd rather have this site (any site) reach out to AMD and see if they can get a real answer than copy/paste news about a sticker change.
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#5
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
kastriot, post: 3990564, member: 165334"
It seems nobody wants to bother with custom design.
Might be a hold on the 3rd party designs like with vega64/56

gamebynight, post: 3990657, member: 177160"
So... all of these "customs" are literally just sticker swaps, is that right?
Erm this is a reference pcb...

Vega56/64 were on hold for awhile before custom designs came out.
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#6
TesterAnon
gamebynight, post: 3990657, member: 177160"
So... all of these "customs" are literally just sticker swaps, is that right?
Heatsinks are different.
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#7
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
TesterAnon, post: 3991017, member: 184515"
Heatsinks are different.
Erm no, PCB are different in AIBs, this card is the same as Sapphire, Power Color-All reference.
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#8
Chloe Price
They should release a version with a waterblock factory installed. Probably some manufacturer will, sooner or later.

eidairaman1, post: 3990712, member: 40556"
Vega56/64 were on hold for awhile before custom designs came out.
As did R9 290 series. The hairdryer was the only solution if you didn't want to wait for few months. And R9 Nano/Fury X didn't have customs at all (at least not on TPU GPU database), only the normal Fury had.
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#9
dicktracy
net2007, post: 3990608, member: 107278"
Good for them. We need competition. Nvidia's getting greedy.
Except there's none...
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#10
Robcostyle
dicktracy, post: 3991154, member: 173119"
Except there's none...

Exept that other resources show it IS close to 2080/1080 Ti, and I can’t say absence of RTX is no-go, considering the level of perfomance + yeah, no competition at all
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#11
NC37
Did not know ASrock got into GPUs.

Dunno if I'd trust the quality. Have only ever had mixed success with their boards.
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#12
krykry
Robcostyle, post: 3991172, member: 176192"
Exept that other resources show it IS close to 2080/1080 Ti, and I can’t say absence of RTX is no-go, considering the level of perfomance + yeah, no competition at all
And they literally made "very quiet in idle" a minus.
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#13
XXL_AI
so, R&D comes down to replacing fan stickers nowadays. good. keep on hating Nvidia, at least at the end of the day they have a lot to show for their work.
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#14
NdMk2o1o
XXL_AI, post: 3991455, member: 182013"
so, R&D comes down to replacing fan stickers nowadays. good. keep on hating Nvidia, at least at the end of the day they have a lot to show for their work.
No difference from FE cards from Nvidia which came out before aftermarket cards from AIB's but nice attempt at trolling.

NC37, post: 3991191, member: 61225"
Dunno if I'd trust the quality. Have only ever had mixed success with their boards.
Not sure when you last had one but for the last 4-5 years they have been top notch, before that it was a mixed bag however, I believe that's when they were the budget friendly sub brand of Asus. I buy Asrock over Asus these days.
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#15
Super XP
kastriot, post: 3990564, member: 165334"
It seems nobody wants to bother with custom design.
According to NewEgg, these cards are Sold Out. Hmmm
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#16
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Wasnt it the case that AsRock was only able to distribute their cards within Asia?? I swear to god their announcement last year alluded to that
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#17
Super XP
FreedomEclipse, post: 3992093, member: 38411"
Wasnt it the case that AsRock was only able to distribute their cards within Asia?? I swear to god their announcement last year alluded to that
Ya I remember something like that a year or so ago. I found this off Reddit. Hmmm

ASRock clarified the info with Forbes: " What I've been told -- and I confirmed this twice over the phone and again via email -- is that in Europe, ASRock has decided not to sell Phantom Gaming graphics cards commercially. They won't appear in online or brick-and-mortal PC retail shops. They are only intended for miners and industrial use.
Source.
Original post:
The VGA products are only sold at first in South America and APEC (exclude China, Hong Kong and Taiwan)."
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List of APEC countries:
Australia
Brunei
Canada
Chile
China (excluded from AMD's contract)
Hong Kong (excluded from AMD's contract)
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Mexico
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan (excluded from AMD's contract)
Thailand
United States
Vietnam
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#18
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Robcostyle, post: 3991172, member: 176192"
Exept that other resources show it IS close to 2080/1080 Ti, and I can’t say absence of RTX is no-go, considering the level of perfomance + yeah, no competition at all
1080ti competitor, 2080/ti are not that big of an improvement over the 1080ti...
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#19
Crustybeaver
eidairaman1, post: 3992277, member: 40556"
1080ti competitor, 2080/ti are not that big of an improvement over the 1080ti...
Except Vega II isn't really much of a competitor to the 1080Ti, it loses out to it in most games. The 2080Ti is 20-30% faster than the 1080Ti, which is about standard for a generation upgrade. If you're an AMD fan or just flat out refuse to buy Nvidia then the Vega II is going to appeal. For everyone else it's another fail from AMD. Yes we can talk about driver support to improve perf, but waiting 3 / 6 / 12 / 24 months for those gains to come doesn't sound appealing. The problem AMD has is they need a solution which will make people switch from Nvidia, the Vega II is not that solution.
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#20
Super XP
dicktracy, post: 3991154, member: 173119"
Except there's none...

* Power is high and its noisy due to the air pressure being pushed. That I agree with. Hopefully custom options will rectify this.
* Raytracing? Completely useless at the moment and not required. This isn't a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination.
* Looking at TechPowerUp reviews along with another 10-12 other sites, the Radeon VII isn't all that far off from the RTX 2080. And the VII does very well in DX12 too. Driver optimizations coming, because that fast 16GB isn't being fully utilized as it should.
* AMD did admit this card was re-purposed into a Gaming Card. Not sure why they did this, but there is clearly a "SMALL" market for it. Mainstream Navi will be the real deal IMO.

It's not all doom and gloom, its simply giving people a choice. Do you want the most powerful Radeon card ever built to date? Or do you want to go with an Nvidia equivalent i.e. RTX 2080 that costs a little more, but justifiable for its performance bump over the Radeon VII.

Seriously, AMD is coming out with a brand new GPU design. Its being tested as we speak, but its not ready for launch. So this is what we have to go with for now.

Crustybeaver, post: 3992371, member: 175410"
Except Vega II isn't really much of a competitor to the 1080Ti, it loses out to it in most games. The 2080Ti is 20-30% faster than the 1080Ti, which is about standard for a generation upgrade. If you're an AMD fan or just flat out refuse to buy Nvidia then the Vega II is going to appeal. For everyone else it's another fail from AMD. Yes we can talk about driver support to improve perf, but waiting 3 / 6 / 12 / 24 months for those gains to come doesn't sound appealing. The problem AMD has is they need a solution which will make people switch from Nvidia, the Vega II is not that solution.
The 1080Ti is on average 5% faster over the Radeon VII. And no the Radeon VII is not a fail.

Nvidia Cards Faster by % over the Radeon VII
1080Ti at 5%
2080 at 5%
2080Ti at 40%

Radeon VII faster by % over Nvidia & Vega..
1080 at 16%
2070 at 8%
2060 at 32%
Vega 64 at 16%
Vega 56 at 29%
Radeon RX 580 at 100%

And there's 10-12 Review Sites that comply with above results. Including UserBenchmark's Comparison by actual users.



1440p High Quality Settings. I choose 1440p at 100Hz to 144Hz because I believe its the standard for HD PC Gaming. 4K at above 60Hz is still years away IMO. Despite the Radeon VII doing better at 4K. It's simply too expensive at the moment. 2K HD is cost effective and doesn't break the bank. 1080p? What's that? No Thanks
These Benchmarks are similar all across the various review sites for the Radeon VII.
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