SAPPHIRE Nitro+ RX 470 Video Review

Keith May
Posted Sep 4, 2016
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Back when the Radeon RX 470 was announced I made the statement that a decently overclocked RX 470 should be able to match an RX 480 in games.  Well, we finally have our hands on an aftermarket version of the RX 470 in the form of the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470

 

The Nitro+ RX 470 is indeed a charged up version of the RX 470 coming in at a boosted TDP of 175w over the normal 120w of the RX 470 and the 150w TDP of the RX 480.  It comes packing 3x 10mm heatpipes to remove the heat from the cut down Polaris 10 core and is blown away by two Dual-X 95mm fans.  Sapphire has also revamped their TriXX 3.0 software to now support the full RGB lighting found on the Nitro+ RX 480 and their new ‘Fan Health Check’ that allows users to check the status of the fans on the card.  Should one of the fans be defective or in need of cleaning they can easily be removed for easy cleaning/replacing thanks to the new Quick Connect Service.

The Card is clocked at 1121MHz base with a 1260MHz boost clock on the core and the 4GB model we’re looking at has a memory clock of 1750MHz for an effective 7000MHz memory speed on a 256-Bit bus.  Ditching the traditional I/O in favor of a more flexible design the Nitro+ RX 470 features 2xHDMI 2.0b, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, and a sinking Dual Link DVI-D output to satisfy almost any configuration.

 

This RX 470 overclocked quite well, above is an example of running the TriXX 3.0 software while dialing in an overclock.  I had no issues running synthetics at the show numbers, but in games it wasn’t stable.  Found 1425MHz with +25mV and +50% Power Limit to be an excellent sweet spot for this card.

 

But how well does this card perform, well join us in our video review as we take a look at the card, it’s features, as well as where it stacks up against other cards in the 1080p gaming space.

 

 

AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 GPU Lineup:

Graphics Card NameAMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon RX 470AMD Radeon RX 470 SE/DAMD Radeon RX 460
Graphics CorePolaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 11
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Die Size232mm2232mm2232mm2123mm2
Transistors5.7 Billion5.7 Billion5.7 Billion3.0 Billion
Stream Processors2304 SPs2048 SPs1792-1536 SPs?896 SPs
Clock Frequency1266 MHz1206 MHz~1200 MHz1200 MHz
Compute Performance5.8 TFLOPs4.9 TFLOPs~4.3 TFLOPs?2.2 TFLOPs
VRAM4/8 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR52/4 GB GDDR5
Bus Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit
Memory Speed8 GHz6.6 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s211 GB/s224 GB/s112 GB/s
TDP150W120W110W<75W
Launch Date29th June4th AugustNovember?8th August
Launch Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$179 US (4 GB)$149 US$99 US (2 GB)
$119 US (4 GB)
New Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$169 US (4 GB)$149 US (4 GB)$99 US (4 GB)
$89 US (2 GB)

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