Today, we will be taking a look at the ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics card.
When AMD announced the the launch of their Radeon RX 7000 series of graphics card late last year 2022, many AMD fans and gamers were excited, including myself.
It was a graphics cards that offered increased performance and better improvements over AMD’s previous generation, the Radeon RX 6000 series. What’s more the highest-end RX 7900 XTX, needed no changes or upgrades to your existing PC … just replace your old graphics card, plug in the standard PCIE power cable in to the new card and away you go! … and get all this for under a thousand dollars at only $999. Now that’s pretty impressive.
However, the Radeon RX 7900 XT/XTX isn’t without its problems. Soon after launch around December 2022, customers started receiving their graphics cards from AMD (based on their reference design). But reports started to flood in, with regards to over-heating and performance throttling. They later found the cause of the issue to be an unusual hotspot on the GPU die with temperatures reaching 110 degrees Celsius! Most of these cards based on the reference board designs had to be returned back to AMD for further diagnostics and testing.
Now, with that said … I’m not too worried about this, as I know many manufacturers such as ASRock, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Sapphire, Powercolor etc., produce their own custom Radeon RX 7900 XT/XTX using their own cooling solutions. This should hopefully help reduce the temperatures of the GPU hotspots.
Ok, now let’s back on track with this review and take a look at the ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics card. This is the first high-end custom Radeon graphics card we’ve tested from ASRock. It features their Phantom Gaming 3X cooling solution which includes 3 fans and a mssive heatsink with 6 heatpipes. Hotspots? What hotspots!? LOL! … It will be fun to see how well this card will perform in our test rig.
I would like to thank ASRock for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ASRock has to say about themselves on their website:
ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.
ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.
Here’s a quick comparison between AMD’s Radeon RX 6750 XT, RX 6900 XT, RX 7900 XT and ASRock’s lastest Radeon RX 7900 XTX (in red).
|Radeon RX 6750 XT||Radeon RX 6900 XT||Radeon RX 7900 XT||Radeon RX 7900 XTX|
|Base/Game Frequency (MHz)||2495/2495||1825/2015||1500/2000||1855/2300|
|Boost Frequency (MHz)||2600||2250||2400||2500|
|Memory Type||12 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6||20GB GDDR6||24GB GDDR6|
|Memory Speed||18 Gbps||16 Gbps||20 Gbps||20 Gbps|
The Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics card uses AMD’s Navi 31 XTX GPU which features 96 compute units, 96 Ray accelerators and 6,144 stream processors. The Typical Board Power is rated at 355 W, so we recommemd a power supply of 800W or higher.
Now the ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics card is factory-overclocked and operates on a Boost Clock speed of up to 2,615 MHz (the default is 2500 Mhz), while the Game Clock speed is now at 2,455 MHz (default is 2300 Mhz).
It comes with 24GB of GDDR6 ram on a 384-bit memory bus with a memory speed of 20 Gbps, giving you a total effective bandwidth of up to 3500 Gigabits/second. WoW!
Being a custom Radeon card from ASRock, it now comes with some unique features including ASRock’s Phantom Gaming 3X Cooling System, Reinforced Metal Frame, Striped Ring Fan and of course Polychrome SYNC.
I’m super excited to see what the card can do for us in terms of performance. I’m particularly interested to see how it will compare against the RTX 3090.
We’ll be testing this card using an Intel Core i9-13900K along with a Z790 motherboard, to see how it performs against the Radeon RX 6750 XT and our GeForce RTX 3090.
Let’s dive straight in and start by taking a look at the specifications of the graphics card on our next page. You can buy the ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX Phantom Gaming graphics card for around USD $1,499 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3SQgyup
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106º is pretty bad, my MBA model stays at 80º on the hotspot
We tested the card at 100% load … no throttling and no issues, plus it uses an overclocked GPU. It peaked at 106 but averages around 100, which i think is acceptable.
Winston i heard that several users I dont own this have tighten screw on backplate and got better hot spot temps cause the backplate werent properly seated i dont know if its true . I test a XT tuf hotspot is 79c . Thanks for a good reveiw buddy though.
Ok let me check… maybe I should tighten the backplate a little more 😆