Sapphire RX 480 Nitro OC+ Review

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It's been a while since we've seen rendered things on our graphics card boxes and we kinda missed them so it's nice to see Sapphire giving us a new take on an old school design. The Nitro itself looks identical to the RX 470 Nitro we reviewed, and we feel the same as we did then. It's got a nice solid look to it.

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The one thing that perhaps surprises us, particularly given how warm we know the Polaris GPU runs at these kind of clock speeds, is how few vents there are in the Nitro shroud. Even the heatpipe side has plastic tucked into every nook and cranny. It's almost monolithic. So much so we keep expecting Also Sprach Zarathrusta to blare across our speakers.

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We've often mentioned how little attention manufacturers give to the backplates given how it's the bit of your graphics card you actually see on a regular basis, but and we think that the Sapphire Nitro OC+ really looks the part. Neutral enough to fit into any colour scheme, busy enough to not be a slab of blackness.

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As you would expect from a card boasting clock speeds at this level, the RX 480 uses an 8 pin PCIe power input. Still only 175W TDP though, which is good news for those of us with bills to pay. We also like the multitude of display output options. AMD were slightly guilty of forgetting how many monitor types there are in their 3xx series, and whilst we wouldn't expect a VGA port it's great to see they've redressed the balance.

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Most Recent Comments

20-08-2016, 15:30:37

Tolemac
It was actually forum member Kong that made this happen not me so props go to him for making this happen. I have just spoke to Sapphire Ed on his discord and he passes on his many thanks for a well done and fair review and he is a big fan of yours TTL Quote

20-08-2016, 19:14:09

Dicehunter
That is a sexy card and would be perfect for a LAN rig aiming for 1080P.Quote

20-08-2016, 19:21:37

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
That is a sexy card and would be perfect for a LAN rig aiming for 1080P.
Even good enough for 1440p tooQuote

21-08-2016, 06:07:02

AlienALX
From what I read Tom they designed it so that the back plate would get cooling too. And it works, apparently. But yeah, that may explain the closed design.Quote

21-08-2016, 06:08:18

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
From what I read Tom they designed it so that the back plate would get cooling too. And it works, apparently. But yeah, that may explain the closed design.
Personally I prefer closed design GPU's, Just looks so much cleaner than having everything on show Quote
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