ASRock Phantom Gaming White adds flair to Radeon RX 7900 XT

Feeling the chill.

ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XT in white livery with frozen ice background.

Don’t look at the weather forecast, folks. Here in the UK it’s cold and only getting colder. That’s the bad news. The good news is such climate lends itself to a snow-white build.

We’ve seen an explosion of pale PC components in 2023, and ASRock is adding yet another option. Enter the Radeon RX 7900 XT Phantom Gaming White 20GB OC.

The name’s a mouthful, but to be fair, the card is no shrinking violet, either. Based upon AMD’s second-rung RDNA 2 powerhouse, the 330mm x 140mm x 58mm board is quite the looker. It’ll occupy the best part of three slots and includes a colour-matched white backplate and metal reinforcement frame. A shame, really, that the PCB remains black, but beggars can’t be choosers. Besides, unless we’re mistaken, this is the first white RX 7900 XT on the market. The colourways of the best graphics cards haven’t caught much of a break in 2023.

Discussions with industry partners tell us demand for the top-end Radeons has climbed to an unexpected high, and shortages may soon follow. RX 7900 XT in particular is anticipated to see heightened demand with AMD belatedly adding AI development support.

ASRock 7900 XT with white backplate and black PCB

Circling back to ASRock Phantom Gaming White, you can look forward to triple-fan cooling, whereby the central blower spins in reverse to limit turbulence. We imagine top-notch cooling performance given the size of the heatsink, and there are thermal pads lining key components. A 0dB mode stops the fans from spinning at low load. And, as is the case with many white components, there’s onboard ARGB lighting for maximum contrast. Handily, ASRock also includes a dedicated toggle switch to turn the LEDs on or off.

There’s a mild factory overclock – from 2,400MHz to 2,450MHz for the 5,376 stream processors – while a generous 20GB of VRAM hums along at an effective 20Gbps. Three DisplayPort 2.1 and one HDMI 2.1 confirm the card is familiar in terms of features and performance. Yet, as a relative newcomer to the custom GPU space, we reckon ASRock ticks the right design boxes. It is rather pretty, wouldn’t you say?

All that’s missing is a price and firm release date. Both remain a mystery, but as a one of a kind, you just know Phantom Gaming White isn’t going to sit at the budget end of the 7900 XT spectrum.