AMD RX470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review

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Both ASUS and Sapphire have taken very different approaches with their cards. ASUS follow the Strix mantra of something that resembles F117s or even F35s. They've also used a six pin power input. Sapphire by comparison have gone for an "all ninety degree angles, all the time" approach. However a keen eye will spot they've also endowed the Nitro with an eight pin PCIe power input.

ASUS Strix

Regular readers of our reviews here at OC3D will be familiar with the ASUS Strix range. It's quickly established itself as one of the premium brands around, whether it's a price/performance thing or just the looks of their DirectCU III cooler. The RX 470 Strix is obviously cut down when compared to the nVidia and other Radeon cards we've seen under the Strix banner, but it's still a good looking card.

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review     Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review  

We weren't expecting to find a backplate at this price point, and sure enough the Strix is old school in its baring of the solder points and smooth heatpipes.

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review     Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review

Sapphire Nitro

So many graphics cards have angles and swoops and cutouts that we really like the rectangular looks of the Nitro. It's purposeful. Exactly as big as the IO part of the graphics card and no bigger. Sapphire have utilised every available bit of space to give the best cooling performance.

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review     Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review  

Having just said we didn't expect a backplate at this price and Sapphire come along and metaphorically bop us on the nose with a newspaper. The Nitro looks fantastic. Really seriously good. It might be affordable but that doesn't mean that there are any concessions to looks.

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review     Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review   

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04-08-2016, 09:44:02

Thelosouvlakia
Brilliant little cards!

For those on a budget, these are really good cards. -performance on par with the 290x in some games-

Btw, have you recieved any RX 460 s yet Tom?Quote

04-08-2016, 09:50:20

AlienALX
Absolutely awesome. The Nitro seems to be kicking the Asus into touch too. Got to be one of the best looking GPUs ever made too (the Nitro). It just has everything.

Is the 470 Nitro the same size as the 480 one, Tom? I'm waiting for the 460 Nitro myself to complete a Linux rig.

Nitro = £164.99

Strix = £188.99.

Sigh Asus. Sigh.Quote

04-08-2016, 09:55:12

Greenback
I noticed the Sapphire has a 8 pin while the Asus has a 6 pin power socket. price wise they are both the same price on OC UK.

being a bit of fan of asus I feel they let this 1 down with the looks and power limit.

Glad to see you get the Sapphire card in hope they will send you more in futureQuote

04-08-2016, 09:57:10

AlienALX
I got that wrong. £164.99 for a basic stock card, £188.99 for both the Strix and the Nitro.

I'd still take the Nitro though.Quote

04-08-2016, 10:31:02

Tolemac
Excellent review TTL the Nitro is well worthy of the award Quote
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