Sapphire has announced its flagship 500-series card the RX 580 NITRO+. Let’s take a closer look at the card’s features, and how it differs from the RX 480 series card.
AMD’s announcment of a refresh of the 14nm Polaris chipset comes a couple of months out from the release of its high-end Vega GPU, which is expected to compete alongside Nvidia’s GTX 1080 video card and above.
The Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+ Limited Edition is a great card to look at, featuring twin fan Dual-X cooling, housed within a stylish gun-metal grey shroud.
Cosmetically, it also benefits from a customizable RGB LED lighting system, that allows you to adjust the look of the Sapphire Nitro logo to match the look of your own rig.
As well as looking good it benefits from high factory overclocks, with the Limited Edition version hand-picked to offer fast performance out of the box.
Factory overclocked cores of the standard Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+, both 8 GB and 4 GB memory versions, run with a boost clock of 1411MHz, while the Limited Edition boosts even higher, up to 1450MHz boost clock.
The Limited Edition card is only available in an 8GB memory version.
Equipped with 2304 stream processors, the Radeon RX 580 easily handles games in full HD (1920×1080) and beyond, and also delivers a solid VR experience, surpassing all of the minimum specifications needed to run an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset.
The Dual-X cooling in Sapphire’s RX 580 has undergone a complete overhaul.
Designed for an increased power limit, the cooler is up to 12 decibels quieter but still achieves significantly lower temperatures compared to the previous series.
This is because of a redesigned heatpipe system, a larger heat dissipation surface of 54 fins and robust VRM cooling.
Sapphire has also improved the Intelligent Fan Control III system, increasing the precision of the fan controller.
The differences in RPMs from fan to fan were brought down from 10% to 3.2%, increasing the cooler’s accuracy.
The Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition is not only the best performing card of the NITRO+ series, but it’s also the best-looking.
The dual fans are translucent and backlit with cool blue LEDs.
In addition, Sapphire includes a pair of default black fans with the video card, which are interchangeable with the translucent fans, and which can be switched without voiding your card’s warranty using Sapphire’s Quick Connect system.
The Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+ is available now for around $300.
Time to build
The Sapphire RX 580 is a great choice for a new PC build.
But if you’ve never built a gaming PC before and you’re unsure where to start, I’ve pulled together a comprehensive step-by-step guide, and a series of short and simple to follow videos.
Check out the playlist below.
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