Powercolor goes ITX with RX 5600 XT for $299by Dr. Ian Cutress on May 12, 2020 8:00 AM EST
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Small cards and small systems are always exciting to see, especially if there’s an avenue to create a nice PC within a small volume at multiple price points. There are a number of angles to go with this, from the silent runner all the way up to the overstated ‘look-at-me’ RGB custom builds that appear as part of marketing presentations at trade shows. It still requires having access to a good number of components in that form factor, which includes smaller and smaller graphics cards. Graphics cards built to work with the ITX form factor is part of that, going for a 17nm design that fits into any mini-ITX build (or with a riser cable, only just above the CPU slot), and Powercolor is launching its new RX 5600 XT option.
This new AXRX 5600 ITX 6GBD6-2DH GPU, set to retail at $299 from today, is 175mm in length and offers three video outputs: one HDMI and two DisplayPort connections. The dual slot card has three heatpipes and an unassuming façade – the GPU underneath is standard RX 5600 XT faire, with 2304 SPs, a 1355 MHz base clock, a 1560 MHz ‘game’ clock, and a boost clock up to 1620 MHz. The 8 GB of memory is rated at 14 Gbps, up from the 12 Gbps reference design, and the GPU supports PCIe 4.0 connectivity. It requires one 8-pin connector, and Powercolor recommends a minimum 500W power supply.
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Flunk - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkITX is a motherboard standard, this isn't ITX.
arsfeld - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkIn this case it's actually just a brand, which is for you to associate with Mini-ITX, the motherboard standard. Get over it.
nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkExactly, it's actually somewhat helpful branding so that you know that it will at least fit the length of a standard ITX board.
Hrel - Sunday, December 27, 2020 - linkMy mini-ITX case fits a GTX1080... there's absolutely no reason AT ALL to limit yourself to a tiny card with insufficient cooling just because you're using an ITX case. Bunch of marketing BS, as always. Their entire job is just lying!
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Spunjji - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link"Graphics cards built to work with the ITX form factor is part of that"
Sandbo - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkNot sure why this is an argument, you also just slapped thousands of chassis and their manufacturers connecting their chassis with "ITX".
Using ITX here is a rather clever naming strategy, plus with a length of 175 mm it definitely did not make a false claim.
nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkGiven that we can get RTX 2080, etc. in laptops, why can't we get more low-profile high end GPUs? Is the cooling capability of a laptop really that much better? Seems like we keep pushing this idea that computers/gaming PCs can be small, but then the GPUs are still chonky like this one.
DanNeely - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkMobile 2080 is 150W vs 215 for the desktop version. Closest power level is the 160W 2060; and there are short 2060's.
The 150W mobile 2070/80 are normally only found in fat laptops whose heatsink's are about the same thickness as a 2 slot desktop card; but are considerably louder because they're using smaller fans.
The 80W max-Q versions could be made as single slot cards or half height 2 slot ones if they were sold as desktop versions. Normal ~75 cards occasionally show up at this size; they're rare though because trying to dissipate that much power with a a tiny heatsink and a ~70x10mm fan or a pair of ~40x10mm fans is much louder than the 70x10mm fan with a thick sink behind it. The fact that there's never more than 1 or 2 of these per generation (if any) says that the market for them is really small. The half height version takes an extra hit on the cost front because it needs a custom PCB layout instead of being able to use a reference one.
Due to the need to keep the ram chips really close to the GPU, I'm skeptical that a half-height board would even be possible for cards with 192/256 bit GDDR busses. This might be why there doesn't appear to be a half height 2060.
Valantar - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - linkThere's no way to make an LP card with a die that large (even the 1660Ti would likely be impossible) - there simply isn't room in a HHHL card for the die, the VRAM traces and the VRAM packages where they need to be positioned, let alone the VRM and all other ancillary circuitry. That is the main reason there are no high end LP cards. LP cards need a small die and package (well, a large die on a small package could work I guess, there just aren't any) and 2 memory packages, possibly 4 with some very clever trace routing. But no more. Also, even a 6-pin PCIe power connector eats a lot of board area at those sizes, so going above 75W is pretty much a no-go.