Sep 112016


Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 480 8GB Review

Review Summary:

A ton of outputs, support for all the latest and greatest API's, a reasonable price, but can it keep up with today's games? Check out the review of the Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 480 8GB GDDR OC 11260-01-20G.

As a gamer and for all fellow gamers, we are bombarded with promises of upgrades will change our lives, and for the most part they don’t do much.  SSD’s and memory do help tons, but one of the things that get us as gamers are video cards, but they are ALWAYS so expensive.  Today I have the pleasure of bringing you my review of the Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 480 8GB GDDR OC 11260-01-20G.


Ohh…. I know,… I want to tear it open too, but let’s check out the specs first.

Spec’s and Features

  • Core Speed: 1208Mhz
    • Boost Engine Clock: 1342 (Seems to always run at this speed though)
  • 8192MB GDDR5 256 bit RAM
    • 2000Mhz
      • 8000Mhz Effective Memory Frequency
    • Compute Shaders: 2304
    • Supports Crossfire
    • 5 Output Maximum
      • 1 x DVI-D
      • 2 x HDMI 2.0b
      • 2 x Display Port 1.4
    • Resolutions Supported
      • DVD-D
        • 2560 x 1600 (60Hz)
      • HDMI 2.0b
        • 3840 x 2160p (60Hz)
      • Display Port
        • 3840 x 2160 (120Hz)
      • Quad HD Display 4K*K Support
      • Supported API’s:
        • OpenGL 4.5
        • OpenCL 2.0
        • DirectX 12
        • Shader Model 5.0
        • Vulkan API
      • Supported Features
        • FreeSync Technology
        • AMD Eyefinity
        • Dual Bios
        • AMD Liquid VR Technology
        • AMD Virtual Super Resolution (VSR)
        • AMD TrueAudio Next Technology
        • AMD Xconnect Ready
        • DirecX 12 Optimized
        • Radeon VR ready Premium
        • HDR Ready
        • Frame Rate Target Control
        • NITRO Fan Check
          • Dual X-Fans
          • Two Ball Bearing
        • NITRO Quick Connect System
        • NITRO Glow RGB LED
        • NITRO CoolTech(NCT)
        • NITRO Free Flow
        • Dual-X Cooling
        • NITRO Boost
        • Intelligent Fan Control III
        • Black Diamonds Choke
      • Power Consumption: 225Watts
      • System Requirements
        • 500Watt Power Supply
        • 1 x 8 Pin AUX Power Connector (Yes, only 1)
        • Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7
      • Form Factor
    • Length: 9.45in
    • Width: 4.9in
    • Depth: 1.6in
    • Shipping weight: 2.35 pounds

I know, I fell asleep too while I was typing it, too much info.  OK, let’s get into an unboxing and open this Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX480 8GB GDDR5 OC box up.


So yeah, you can hook up to 5 monitors, what kind of ports though?


As I mentioned in the long list of specs and features, we can connect 2 x Display Ports, 2 x HDMI ports and a single lonely DVI-D port.  Before you make fun of the DVI-D port, I still have a 27in monitor that has one, and yes it is an LED and it works fine, so there is no reason to get rid of it.  Thankfully they still keep that port there as well as provide a host of other ports to make your investments still worth it.

Another thing this does is that it allows you to not have to use adapters to connect monitors.  As you saw in the unboxing, Sapphire does not include any cables or adapters, so you have to fend for yourself on these.

Looking around the card, we find the “LED Mode Switch/V BIOS Switch”


The LED Mode Switch on this Sapphire card allows you to change the LED lights on the card; I will show you that a little later in the review.


A little closer, under the button, we find the V BIOS Switch.  This switch allows you to switch to a different BIOS or Firmware on the card where on one, you might have an overclock and the other, you might have a stock setting.  This comes in handy when working on overclocks and you might push one of the overclocks a little too high not allowing the system to turn off, at this point you can unplug the machine to let it discharge, flick the switch to the left (or the right), plug the machine back in and you are good to go.

Moving more to the right, we come to the back of the card.


Here we find a single 8 Pin PCI-E plug, yup just one.  This is not a power eater, but we will get into that also a little later in the review with some benches.

Turning the card around again, we come to the bottom of the card itself, where we find the PCI-e connector.


We also find 2 huge pipes to keep things nice and cool.


The top of the card has an Aluminum backplate with their own nice design, but it’s a little more than a design, there’s some function here as well.  I will get into this a little later in the review as well.

Alight, so now that we have seen the card, how do we install it?  Well I go over that it in the next chapter.

A ton of outputs, support for all the latest and greatest API's, a reasonable price, but can it keep up with today's games? Check out the review of the Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 480 8GB GDDR OC 11260-01-20G.
Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. The Arts, Gaming and New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion.
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  • Mark Graham

    i’ll take one…

    • Iggy

      Haha, Hello Mark, I would love to give you one too, but sadly I dont have any, what’s worse is I have to return this one. If I can get a ton of comments here and views on the views as well as comments on the videos, maybe Sapphire/AMD will arrange for a giveaway.

      • Mark Graham

        great review, i follow your content because it seems normal…lol, Ed is the best thing the Sapphire could have hired for PR.

        • Iggy

          Wow thank you so much for the compliments Mark, I truly appreciate it. Like you, I have been reading reviews for ever, some are just so outlandish and make you wonder why those people have jobs, I try to break it down like a regular human would use the product and bring the results to an understandable and usable ending. You cant provide a result and say its done, you need to talk about the result and have real word use, so I try hard to deliver that in my reviews, thank you for not only taking the time to come and comment on that, but also for noticing, it means a ton to me.

          And you are so right, Ed is amazing, a rare gem I would say in PR that actually knows the struggles some of us reviewers go through and because of that genuinely wants to help, because all the big shots were at one point nobody’s. They fought a long hard battle (some of them might have silverspooned it too) to get where they are at, Ed try’s to help make that battle a little easier.

          Thanks again.