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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX480 Review

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX480 Review

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Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-6950X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 10 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.

NVIDIA Driver: 368.64
AMD Driver: Latest Crimson Edition

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When we look at Sapphires version of the RX 480 against the reference design, overall we prefer the Nitro+. The overall look of the card is better, in our opinion, much sleeker. We like the idea of easily replaceable fans and of course, any enhancements to the quality of components used on a card are always welcome. The choice of display outputs is definitely an improvement as current consumers are more likely to need HDMIs than DisplayPort connectors and the higher spec power input is a nice bonus.

The card features are also good. DirectX 12, Async compute, support for VR, support for the latest video codecs, HDR, 4K, etc. All good and of course support for all the key game streaming/recording applications is a big thing for many gamers.

Moving to performance, in our original RX 480 review the card fared quite well against the GTX 970. When the GTX 1060 was launched a couple of weeks ago NVIDIA took the performance lead in this price segment. Now with custom, overclocked models of the RX 480 such as the Nitro+ we get a card which sits at the same performance level as the GTX 1060.  At resolutions up to 2560×1440 the RX 480 (Sapphires Nitro+ 8gb version) gives very impressive framerates with no compromises on the detail levels.

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Stuart Davidson