Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphics Card Review



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A Closer Look


The Nitro+ is a gorgeous looking card, with a dark grey finish that has a matte finish, with an almost brushed metal look to it, despite being made from plastic. It feels robust, with chunky materials used everywhere, and that dotted design on the shroud looks great too.

 

There are two 92mm fans fitted in the top, which should be able to shift quite a lot of airflow with relative ease. Of course, this is good news, as behind them, you’ll find a pretty significantly sized heat sink. It features four large heat pipes feeding heat from a large contact plate, which covers all the key hardware components, forming a complete cooling solution for the GPU, memory and VRM.

There’s a nice amount of ventilation around the back, as well as five video outputs; 2 x DP, 2 x HDMI, and 1 x DVI.

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A thick metal backplate on the back of the card certainly adds some style, but it also gives the card a lot of added strength, as well as some passive cooling improvements for the back of the PCB.

Around both sides of the card, you can see exposed heat pipes. That includes the larger 8mm ones, which are so big, that they need a cutaway in the side of the shroud.

Towards the rear of the card, there is a bios switch, which is certainly handy if you’re tinkering with more advanced settings.

The card is quite power hungry too, and it’ll require 1 x 8 and 1 x 6 pin PCI connectors.


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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

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