Well for a while there it seemed like all I was covering were cards from all of AMDs launches. I took a break and took a look at a few GTX 1060’s and a few other things around that office. But I’m now back at it again. Today I get to take a look at our first aftermarket RX480 and it’s an exciting one, the RX480 8GB Nitro+ from Sapphire. This is one of the cards that people have been especially excited for. Given how well the Nitro RX470 performed in my previous review I don’t blame them for being excited. So today I’m going to check out the card and see what it has going, then run it through our benchmark suite and see how it performs. While I’m at it I’m also going to take a look at the recently introduced revision to the Trixx software that adds proper lighting controls for the card. Let’s go!

Product Name: Sapphire RX480 8GB Nitro+

Review Sample Provided by: Sapphire

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE



2304 stream Processors

14 nm FinFET

4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN)

Up to 1342 MHz Engine Boost Clock

Interface PCI-Express 3.0

256 bit Memory Bus

GDDR5 Memory Type

2000 MHz Memory Clock

8192 MB Size

Displays Maximum 4 Outputs


2x HDMI 2.0b

2x DisplayPort 1.4


OpenGL® 4.5

OpenCL 2.0

DirectX® 12

Vulkan™ 1.0

Shader Model 5.1


AMD CrossFire (bridgeless)

AMD PowerTune

AMD ZeroCore Power Technology

AMD FreeSync Technology

AMD Eyefinity

AMD Tress FX technology

AMD Liquid VR technology

AMD TrueAudio Next technology

AMD HD3D Technology

Universal Video Decoder (UVD)

XConnect™ technology

Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ Support

High Dynamic Range (HDR) support

16K Hours Capacitor

Black Diamond 4 Chokes

Intelligent Fan Control III

10 mm Heat Pipe


NITRO Glow RGB LED lights


VR Friendly


Dual-X 95 mm fans

Two ball bearing

NITRO Free Flow redesigned airflow

NITRO FanSafe and Fan Health Check

SAPPHIRE Fan Service

SAPPHIRE Quick Connect system

Form Factor

2 Slots Occupied, ATX

240 X 120 X 42 Dimension /mm

Power Consumption 225W

Windows 10

Windows 8/8.1

Windows 7

System Requirement

500 Watt Power Supply (Suggestion)

1 x 8-pin AUX Power Connector

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for installing software

Before diving into testing, I did want to include a copy of the GPUz from the card. With issues popping up this year with manufacturers sending review samples that are turned up to their optional OC clocks I want to make sure we keep everything transparent. GPUz shows us the same 1342MHz base clock that Sapphire has in their specifications for the SKU I am testing today. So we everything looks good to go.



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garfi3ld replied the topic: #38192 14 Sep 2016 16:35
Well, the plan was to post this up last week but this LAN thing ended up getting in the way. But check out the 480 Nitro from Sapphire

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