ASRock takes care of the temperatures of its Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card easily, but it does so by putting some negative points in another area: noise. Sure, the 0dB silent operation is good when the card isn't under any heavy loads, but when it is the card is definitely one of the loudest Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics cards I've tested so far.
This isn't so much of a problem because the ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card is silent under low loads, so you can be watching TV shows or movies on Netflix, videos on YouTube, or listening to music and your graphics card will be silent. Once you dive into a game, you will traditionally have speakers or a headset on -- and won't hear the noise from the graphics card.
But seriously -- 60C under load is pretty damn amazing. It is the coolest-operating Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card by far, and one of the coolest graphics cards I've ever tested. Kudos on that, ASRock -- that's pretty cool, pun intended.
We are looking at identical power consumption to the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X -- with my entire Intel Core i7-8700K rig using 190W of power in total.
Another day, another custom Radeon RX 5500 XT to test -- what ASRock does differently here to the competition isn't much, it has a good-looking card that is priced inside of the sub $250 market powered by RDNA goodness from AMD.
There's no huge leap in performance between what ASRock has here with its Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming, and MSI's custom Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X -- both models offering virtually identical performance, as well as coming in the larger 8GB framebuffer model.
As I said in my review for the MSI card, I wouldn't buy the ASRock card just because it has 8GB of VRAM. You won't need that for the most part, and while there are some instances where the Radeon RX 5500 XT with 8GB is faster than the 4GB variant, it is a $30-$50 difference.
If there's one thing to nitpick that I'd like ASRock to look into for their next card -- is that the backplate should cover the entire card, without the heat sink overlapped at the end. Alternatively, does the heat sink need to be that big? I would prefer a thicker card if it meant it was more of a 'Nano' or 'Mini' offering, especially as there's no multi-GPU use going on here with the Radeon RX 5500 XT.
The Bottom Line
ASRock has a kick ass Radeon RX 5500 XT with its Phantom Gaming variant, the coolest-operating RX 5500 XT of them all. Impressive performance in a small package: an all-round win for ASRock with Navi and the Radeon RX 5500 XT.