What you need to know
- Taichi is ASRock's premium branding usually attached to motherboards.
- The Taichi RX 5700 has a whopping six outputs, including four DisplayPorts.
- Price and availability as yet unknown
This chunky boy, obtained by the folks at Videocardz, is the ASRock Taichi RX 5700 XT, one of the new breed of third-party Radeon Navi-based graphics cards, and it's pretty spectacular in a couple of ways. For starters, this mammoth card will require 2.5 slots in your desktop PC, and comes encased in a huge three fan custom cooler, with the center lighting up.
More impressive than just the size of the thing is that it has a total of six outputs, four for DisplayPort and two for HDMI. Either ASRock is targeting VR users with this, or people who sit in front of a setup reminiscent of that the Architect had in The Matrix.
The Taichi RX 5700 XT also comes bearing a label for "OC+", so presumably there's a factory overclock applied, but aside from what it looks like and what's on the front of the box, there's not much else to go on right now. Oh, but it does come with a full backplate, and if you're also using a Taichi X570 motherboard the two will go quite nicely together.
Given the potential of the RX 5700 series in reference form, it's exciting to see that the third-parties are getting stuck right in and offering a lot of choice. Let's not forget, AMD has reportedly passed NVIDIA for the first time in five years when it comes to market share, so it's a good time to be a PC gamer. The competition has never been stronger, and there are plenty of options to be found in our roundup of the best graphics cards available now.
AMD is back in the big leagues
The RX 5700 series brings AMD right back into the game, and while the 5700 XT doesn't challenge the highest-end from NVIDIA, it's a pretty safe bet at 1440p and below.
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