ASRock is no longer an exclusive partner for AMD after the company announced its own custom Arc GPU. The ASRock Arc A380 Challenger is an entry-level card with a custom PCB design featuring a dual-slot and single-fan design.
ASRock posted a review of their new custom Arc A380 Challenger ITX graphics card on Weibo.
The custom GPU is a factory-overclocked model with a GPU clock of 2250 MHz. However, when tested, the clock measures higher than specified, reaching up to 2.300 MHz in Furmark and even 2.450 MHz in games.
This is the same speed as GUNNIR’s custom A380 Photon OC model. The A380 Challenger comes with a single 8-pin power connector; the TDP for the SKU has not been confirmed yet.
Under heavy usage, the CPU fan speed can go up to 1683 RPM, with the temperature touching 85°C. The board power in Furmark is 54.9W which is less than the reference specification for the A380(75W).
The card was also reviewed in synthetic tests. The 3DMark software does not list Intel’s Advanced Performance Optimizations as enabled. The core appears invalid as the testing ended early.
Here’s the gaming performance for the A380 Challenger, tested at 1080p:
- League of Legends (High Quality): 166.9 FPS
- CS:GO (High Quality): 160.1 FPS
- DOTA 2 (High Quality): 146.2 FPS
- APEX Legends (Medium Quality): 91.5 FPS
- PUBG (Low Quality): 83.1 FPS
- Gears of War 5 (High Quality): 63.1 FPS
- Eternal Calamity (Medium Quality): 62.3 FPS
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (High Quality): 56 FPS
- The Division 2 (High Quality): 53 FPS
- Watch Dogs: Legion (High Quality): 49 FPS
- Cyberpunk 2077 (Medium Quality): 47.51 FPS
The games tested included some popular AAA titles with support for DirectX12 API, modified for Arc graphics architecture.
ASRock Inc. is a Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards, industrial PCs and home theatre PCs. Led by Ted Hsu, it was founded in 2002 and is currently owned by Taiwanese electronics company Pegatron.ASRock was originally spun off from Asus in 2002 in order to compete with companies like Foxconn for the commodity OEM market. In 2010 it became part of Pegatron. ASRock currently produces consumer, server, workstation and HTPC motherboards.