Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 480 8GB OC Review

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Let’s check out the Pros and Cons of this card and its contents.

 Pros

  • Tons of ports to fit almost any monitor
  • Supports 4 x 4K displays
  • FreeSync Support
  • Supports DX12
  • Fan Check is a nice touch
    • Ability to easily replace the fans
  • 0DB Fan mode
  • Quick Connect Fan Replacement
  • Aluminum Backplate (For Better Cooling)
  • NITRO Glow RGB is a nice little toy
    • LED BIOS Mode Switch in case you don’t want to install Sapphire TRIXX 3.0.
    • While a cute touch, the RGB on the cards seems a little gimmicky, though some people like that. Everyone is on that bandwagon.
  • Great GPU/Memory Speeds
  • Relatively affordable for the speeds provided
  • Sapphire TRIXX 3.0 is a nice Utility
  • Dual BIOS support

Cons

  • Does not include any adapters or adapter cables
    • Could be important for people that have 2 x DVI Monitors, 3 x HDMI Monitors, 3 x DP monitors, etc…
  • While a cute touch, the RGB on the cards seems a little gimmicky, though some people like that. Everyone is on that bandwagon.

 This card is packed full of features and some nice accessories, though virtual accessories since they are only software packages that you can get on a CD or just download off of http://www.sapphiretech.com/Default.asp?lang=eng, no real adapters, cables or things of that nature.  One can say it is not really needed since all the output are available on the card, but what if you have 2 x DVI monitors, or 3 HDMI monitors, etc… they might be needed.

The card stays cool and quiet, though you can raise the fan speed and even the card speed as well to better suite your gaming or professional needs.  It cannot handle the highest end of games at everything maxed out and give you 60FPS or higher but for a relatively affordable card, it does a good job at it, maybe I didn’t overclock it enough.  It’s got plenty of room surely to overclock more.

The card is amazingly priced right and the price can only go down, which is the best way for a price to go.  There is little bad that can’t easily be fixed, as for the missing adapters part, you may even have them lying around.  That being said, if you don’t have them laying around, you can find yourself in a predicament where you need to go to a store and buy one that can be around $50 additional, or you can buy one cheap online….. and wait.

Because of all of this, I have no choice but to give this card a 5 out of 5, Editors Choice.  With this performance at this price, you just can’t get any better.

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Great job Sapphire.

 

 

 

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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