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Sapphire Nitro+ RX580

Design and Build Quality

The redesign hasn’t resulted in a new look, and we happen to think this is a good thing. Sapphire’s Nitro+ design, to our eyes at least, manages to maintain a neutral colour scheme (important in these days of RGB Everything) without being boring. The matt black plastic shroud has a dotted pattern on, while the silver, grey, and, black aluminium backplate adds a bit of flair to the part of the card most will see through a window. Having nickel-plated heat pipes complements the look as well. Notable absences from the previous design include the dual-BIOS switch and RGB LED control button for the top Sapphire logo; the company now takes a software approach, allowing you to set multiple OC profiles and control RGB lighting (including settings where it is synchronised to PCB temperature or fan speed) directly through its overclocking utility. There’s a new custom PCB for the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ with a new Dual-X cooler that features 2 x 8mm heat pipes as well as 2 x 6mm heat pipes, with 54 fins. It’s designed for up to 300W of power, which explains the 8+6-pin PCIe power connectivity. Installation requires two slots in your system.

Features

The HDMI port is version 2.0b, and DisplayPort has been updated to 1.3 HBR3/1.4 HDR-ready, which enables support for 4K @ 120 Hz and 5K @ 60 Hz, or 8K @ 60 Hz with two cables. GPU-accelerated encoding is now supported for H.264 at up to 4K30, and HEVC is supported at up to 4K 60hz. Accelerated decoding is supported for HEVC at up to 4K 60hz Main-10, VP9 is supported at up to 4K, and H.264 works at up to 4K 120hz. The out of the box frequency can be changed by toggling between two different BIOS modes using a switch. Silent sets the core at 1411MHz while Boost ups this to 1450MHz. Since it requires minimal user effort to enable the faster Boost setting, we tested throughout our review using this mode. AMD CrossFire has been running over the PCI-Express bus for a few generations now. The Polaris Series is no different. Sapphire is using a 6-pin and a 8-pin power connector. This input configuration is specified for up to 300 watts of power draw. The GDDR5 memory chips are made by Hynix and they are specified to run at 2000 MHz (8000 MHz GDDR5 effective).

Benchmark

3dMark:

Score: 12,119

Unigine Heaven:

Score: 2,373

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1080p @ DX12 (Very High Preset)
Min: 76fps
Max: 80fps
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1080p @ Very High Preset
Min: 15fps
Max: 85fps

Specifications

  • Engine Clock: Up to 1411 MHz (Boost)
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5 8000 MHz Effective.
  • 2304 Stream Processor.
  • 1440p Gaming.
  • Dual-X Cooling.
  • NITRO Glow, Quick Connect.

Conclusion

SAPPHIRE’s new Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ is a decent enough performance upgrade over AMD’s own reference Radeon RX 480. The RX 580 Nitro+ should do its job done when playing with a resolution of 1080p or you can either push it up to 1440p gaming with slight toned-down of graphical settings so it is definitely a great choice for gamer’s where budget is limited but wants to enjoy every game they’re playing.

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