AMD RX Vega 64 Sapphire Nitro Pictured & Tested – Features 3 8-Pin Connectors, 3 Fans & LED Lighting Everywhere

Nov 13, 2017

It appears the wait for custom versions of AMD’s high-end Vega graphics cards is nearing its end as more and more leaks surface of what potentially could be on-shelves in time for the holidays from the company’s add-in-board partners.

A couple of weeks ago we saw XFX tease its own custom RX Vega, today we get a glimpse at what Sapphire is working on, and it’s quite the beast.

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega Sapphire Nitro Is A Beast

So first things first, let’s talk about the exterior design of Sapphire’s new Nitro series for the Vega family. The new Vega Nitro is two and a half slot, triple fan, triple 8-pin affair with a massive heatsink. The heatsink itself appears to be a modified version of what Sapphire used in its R9 Fury Nitro designs. The fan array has also been improved, it now features two 95mm fans and one 85mm fan, in contrast to the previous triple 90mm fan design.  To keep all of that heft in check, the Sapphire includes a PCIe support bracket with these cards to prevent sag and/or damage to the PCIe slot due to the sheer weight of the card.

Sapphire has maintained the classic black, white and silver aesthetic of the Nitro series with a sleek looking detailed backplate. Nearly all sides of the card have some sort of LED lighting, including the top, the back and the side. In terms of I/O the card is slightly unique, featuring two DisplayPorts and two HDMI ports, instead of the standard three and one I/O of the reference Vega design.


The card that HWBattle got their hands on features the default RX Vega 64 clock speeds, a factory overclocked version of the Nitro is expected as well. Although, we don’t know what the clock speeds on that version will look like at the moment. With that being said, even at stock clocks the RX Vega 64 Nitro is able to boost to higher clock speeds than usual thanks to the significantly improved cooling.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon RX Vega Nano AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Reference AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Reference AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid
GPU Fiji XT Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET
Compute Units 64 TBD 56 64 64 64
Stream Processors 4096 TBD 3584 4096 4096 4096
Raster Operators 64 64 64 64 64 64
Texture Mapping Units 256 TBD 224 256 256 256
Clock Speed (Base) 1000 MHz TBD 1156 MHz 1247 MHz 1247 MHz 1406 MHz
Clock Speed (Max) 1050 MHz TBD 1471 MHz 1546 MHz 1546 MHz 1677 MHz
FP32 Compute 8.6 TFLOPs TBD 10.5 TFLOPs 12.6 TFLOPs 12.6 TFLOPs 13.7 TFLOPs
FP16 Compute 8.6 TFLOPs TBD 21.0 TFLOPs 25.2 TFLOPs 25.2 TFLOPs 27.4 TFLOPs
Memory (VRAM) 4 GB HBM1 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2
Memory Bus 4096 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s TBD 410 GB/s 484 GB/s 484 GB/s 484 GB/s
TDP 275W 150W 210W 295W 295W 350W
Price $649 TBD $399
($499 US Actual)
($599 US Actual)
$599 $699
Launch 2015 2018 2017 2017 2017 2017

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