Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 Comes in Two Versions With Different Boost Clocks
Sapphire has unveiled its long-awaited Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480, a Polaris based card featuring a custom PCB, a beefy twin-fan cooler along with a robust backplate.
The NITRO design from Sapphire was one of the first-ever custom cooled Radeon RX 480 cards to hit the web. That was over a month ago, and now the card is finally here being offered in two versions that not only vary based on the amount of memory fitted but also by factory overclock GPU boost speed. Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 8GB features an out of the box boost clock of 1342MHz while the 4GB model offers boost clock of 1306MHz.
Both versions employ the improved Dual-X cooler with two 95 mm dual-ball bearing fans designed to create 10 per cent less noise than the previous generation. Further, Sapphire’s Intelligent Fan Control III system offers semi-passive cooling operation with fans shutting down under low loads, and at temperatures under 52 degrees Celsius.
The Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 is also integrated with essential enthusiastic features including NITRO Boost switch that increases the boost clock and power limit, as well as Black Diamond Chokes that lowers coil temperatures. Also, the card requires an 8-pin power connector for greater OC headroom.
The shroud design features the new NITRO Glow customizable RGB LED lighting system. Last but not the least, the card offers support for HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4, and a full 8GB GDDR5 memory.
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 Specs
- Graphics processor: Ellesmere XT
- Manufacturing process: FinFET 14nm
- Memory: 8GB GDDR5 256-bit / 4GB GDDR5 256-bit
- Stream processors: 2304
- Compute units: 36
- Engine clock: 1342MHz (8GB) / 1306MHz (4GB)
- Memory clock: 2000MHz (8GB) /1750MHz (4GB)
- Cooling system: Dual-X, two 95 mm dual-ball bearing fans
- Outputs: 2x DisplayPort 1.4 ready, 2x HDMI 2.0b
- Interface: PCI-Express 3.0
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 is set to ship by the end of this month. Pricing details are not known yet.
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