AIB-GPU manufacturer BIOSTAR is preparing to launch two custom graphics cards from the RX 5000 series, aimed at the price-conscious manufacturer, as VideoCardz has already determined today.
BIOSTAR is reported to launch custom models of the Navi 14 AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (VA55T6XF81) and Navi 10 RX 5700 XT (VA57T6XM82) under the new branding Extreme Gaming, which VideoCardz jokingly calls the Batman Forever font. The two models represent BIOSTAR’s first attempt to develop tailor-made designs for AMD products. All previous offerings religiously adhere to reference designs and specifications.
According to press photos of the packaging and cards, the Radeon RX 5700 XT has a custom aluminum fin stack arrangement with three fans. The Radeon RX 5500 XT model uses a compact, custom setup with two fans. These custom cooling solutions seem to sit on PCBs with a reference design.
Apparently contrary to the name Extreme Gaming, both GPUs run at reference clock speeds. The extreme probably refers to custom cooling and, in the case of the Radeon RX 5500 XT model, to converting the display outputs – DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI instead of the three standard DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. DVI is undoubtedly a strange function that has to be implemented by today’s standards, but shows who BIOSTAR addresses with the card, namely players who breathe new life into older builds.
The RX 5700 XT seems to stick to the three DisplayPort / HDMI arrangements. Apart from these minor changes, BIOSTAR keeps it simple both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of customer-specific improvements: no fancy RGB lighting show, no unpleasant board frills and no overclocked silicon. It raises questions about why BIOSTAR would release models so late in the life cycle of the GPUs. But we won’t complain about other options.
In terms of specifications, the RX 5700 XT offers 8 GB of GDDR6, 256-bit memory, 2560 cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, a base clock rate of 1605 MHz, a game clock rate of 1755 MHz and a boost clock rate of 1905 MHz. and 14 Gbit / s memory. It also supports Radeon Media Engine, DirectX12, AMD FreeSync, PCI 4.0 and Radeon VR Ready Premium.
BIOSTAR Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB (VA57T6XM82) graphics card
|GPU||Navi 10 XT|
|Basic clock||1605 MHz|
|Boost clock||1755 MHz|
|Memory clock||14 Gbit / s|
|memory||8 GB GDDR6 256b|
The RX 5500 XT has 4 GB GDDR6, 128-bit memory bus, 1408 cores, 88 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 1607 MHz base clock rate, 1717 MHz gaming clock rate, 1845 MHz boost clock rate and 14 Gbit / s. The technological support corresponds to the more powerful model RX 5700 XT.
BIOSTAR Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB (VA55T6XF81) graphics card
|GPU||Navi 14 XTX|
|Basic clock||1607 MHz|
|Boost clock||1717 MHz|
|Boost clock||14 Gbit / s|
|memory||4 GB GDDR6 128b|
There are currently no retail lists for either card, so we still don’t know how much they will price us back. The lack of bells and whistles suggests a competitive price, but we have to wait for the official word before making a judgment on it. BIOSTAR is not exactly known for pumping out wallet-breaking PC components, and we doubt that they will deviate from this well-trodden path this time.
The same applies if we can get our hands on the custom Radeon RX 5500 XT (VA55T6XF81) and RX 5700 XT (VA57T6XM82) – not yet a word on a launch date.
Visit our GPUs page to see how these new cards fare against the other options available.