ASRock Arc A380 Challenger: Alchemist in Mini-ITX format ends AMD exclusivity

After the Gunnir Arc A380 (test), which gave the editors a week between laughter and tears, the ASRock Arc A380 Challenger is the second custom design based on the low-end alchemist and relies on the compact and space-saving mini ITX format. This means that ASRock is no longer an AMD exclusive partner for the first time.

Image: Bilibili

Alchemist in mini-ITX format

Videos for another custom design based on the smaller of the two Arc graphics processors, the Intel ACM-G11 with 1,024 Intel Xe HPG shader units, have appeared on the Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili for the first time. Twitter user @harukaze5719 first drew attention to this.

The small graphics card is in Mini-ITX format and is cooled by a single fan. Like the Gunnir Arc A380, which the editors had to face further tests with an AMD Ryzen and OC, ASRock is also based on the well-known Intel manufacturer’s specifications.

ASRock Arc A380 Challenger (Image: Bilibili)

The specifications are thus similar to the Gunnir Arc A380 and read as follows:

ASRock Arc A380 Challenger

  • Intel Xe HPG (“Alchemist”)
  • ACM-G11 with 1,024 shader units
  • 6GB GDDR6 @ 15.5Gbps @ 96-bit
  • 4.8 TFLOPS computing power (GPU clock 2,350 MHz)
  • 75 to 87 watts TBP
  • PCIe 4.0 x8

In a video on the Chinese platform, ASRock Arc A380 is run on a system with AMD Epyc 7T83, the OEM version of AMD Epyc 7763 on socket SP3 designed for servers, running in several scenarios and benchmarks with an AMD Radeon RX 6400 and compared to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090.

ASRock does not rely on AMD for the first time

The Arc A380 Challenger is the first custom graphics card from ASRock that does not have an AMD GPU. So far, the manufacturer from Taiwan was AMD’s exclusive partner when it came to graphics cards and only offered models with RDNA and RDNA 2 in its portfolio.

Arc A380 in July on the basis of exactly such import goods, and the large models Arc A750 and Arc A770 should follow shortly. Before Nvidia’s presentation of the GeForce RTX 4000, which is expected for the coming week, that shouldn’t happen anymore.

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