ASRock Teases Phantom Gaming Graphics Series With Rumored AMD Radeon GPUs
However, ASRock today confirmed its intentions to produce a graphics card with a teaser video on YouTube. Unfortunately for us, there isn't really much to be seen in the quick shots that are interspersed throughout the 30-second clip. What we can see during this brief teaser, however, is that it appears that the graphics cards will have dual fans.
The other nugget of information that we can clearly see is that it will be launched under the Phantom Gaming brand.
In our previous report, it was rumored that ASRock's graphics card family will exclusively feature AMD-based GPUs, which we hope would include the Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64, and possibly the Radeon RX 500 Series. However, the video gives no indication on whether this AMD-only rumor is somehow based on fact. We'll just have to wait until the official release.
With that being said, it's an interesting time in the graphics card sector. Gamers are facing hugely inflated prices for graphics cards due to shortages caused by a cryptocurrency uprising. For example, the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition was priced at $699 when it launched in 2016. A year later, NVIDIA trimmed GTX 1080 pricing down to $499. Nowadays, you can't get a GeForce GTX 1080 [new] for less than $800 -- a PNY GeForce GTX 1080 8GB XLR8 Gaming will set you back $829.99, while the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 DUKE 8G OC costs $839.99. That's a crushing price to pay for a two-year-old GPU.
Whatever the case, we can only hope that ASRock's first graphics card offering will be value-priced like its other hardware offerings.