Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphics Card Review



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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphics Card Review

The latest AMD Radeon Rxx cards have been launching at quite an aggressive pace this last few weeks, and we’ve already reviewed quite a few of them from Sapphire already too. We’ve already tested the affordable yet surprisingly powerful Pulse RX 570 4GB, and the Pulse RX 580 8GB, However, today is a little more exciting than that, as we take a look at the big brother to the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 4GB we reviewed last week, with the Nitro+ RX 580 8GB!

“For the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 580 Limited Edition, we’ve cherry-picked the very best chips to allow maximum factory overclock and even leave some headroom for your own tuning.” – Sapphire

Nitro+ or Pulse?

The Pulse offers the same underlying hardware but is designed to be a little more affordable. The Nitro+ cards, like the one we’re testing today, are the best pick of the bunch, overclocked even higher, have a more powerful cooler, and while they come with a slightly bigger price tag, they promise to be the best RX 5xx cards that Sapphire have to offer right now.

“Built on the future-proof Polaris architecture, the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card plays your favorites at a smooth 1080p and beyond, from the latest eSports games and MOBAs to the most popular, graphically-intensive AAA titles. The evolution of the FinFET 14 process has allowed the new RX 500 Series to achieve higher clocks versus previous generations.” – Sapphire

Equipped with the new Dual-X cooler, which features 2 x 95mm removable fans (and even two extra fans in the box). Double the surface area, and four large heat pipes (2 x 8mm and 2 x 6mm). It’s easy to understand how Sapphire have been able to get good overclocks from their latest GPU.

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Check out the full specification here.

Packaging and Accessories

The box is very nicely designed, with a cool graphic on the front, as well as details of the included features; Radeon Chill, FreeSync 2, Relive, and more!

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation and drivers, as well as two frosted clear fans.

You can remove the stock black fans for these clear ones, they serve no other purpose than aesthetic changes, but it’s also nice to have some spares should you need them.


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  • Eric Gloege

    No way is the price going to save me money in 4 years of over 100 watts more the the 1060 i could just wait for a good sale on the 1060 and win and save 8 bucks a month in electricity. That is 106 bucks a year and in 4 years that is 424. I could step up 2 tiers and go from an nvidia 60 to an 80

    • mascotzel

      Your calculations are for a 24/7 load on the video card. For a couple of hours of gaming a day it’s considerably lower.
      Anyway, it doesn’t have enough power to last for 4 years.

      • Eric Gloege

        Well what else do you do when you do not watch tv and game 4 to 6 hours day and use the pc an added 4 to 6 more hours a day and no my calculations are for heavy gaming and do i smell a fanboy

        • mascotzel

          I don’t use Radeons for now, also because of the power consumption, but not related to cost, but to cooling power and noise.
          Regarding your calculations I used the average electricity cost provided by Google for the US, and the results show that 8 dollars is roughly the extra cost for running that card 24/7 for a month, as estimated by you.
          When we look it the real way :
          – it’s about 80w more than a conservative GTX1060, 60w more than a more decently overclocked GTX1060 that is competitive
          – 4-6 hours of gaming every day, is no more than 25% of those 8 dollars, so 2 bucks at most
          – 2*12 is at most a 24$ a year difference (8*12 is not 106, it’s 96)
          – Radeons seem to age better for now, an they have more memory
          – the best single card ( not mainstream) that launched 4 years ago was GTX770, which now has less power than a GTX1050Ti, so keeping a card like this for 4 years if you’re a gamer doesn’t seem a lot
          – you seem to live in the US, where VGA’s are cheap and there seem to be GTX1060’s that are cheaper without a sale, so why rant ?
          🙂

          • Eric Gloege

            Yea that is why i bought a galaxy 670 gtx 4gb and the community thought i was nuts. Now think whos throttling at 2.5 gb vram who cares if i am only pumping out 40 fps at 1080p. That alot better then 32 fps due too throttle… And sorry i was underestimating the 580rx i thought everyone was needing to overclock them and whine it gets too hot just too keep up. But then again overclocking adds watts so i measured that in. Just somewhere in my dumb head said nvidia would not use as much too over clock… Then where do we take the trump card. I mean magic is not real, so nvidia steals another. Not buy much but i wish nvidia let third parties mod to add more ram like they used too. Then again nvidia learned that lesson when