A few weeks ago before going on vacation I took a look at the Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro and was impressed with its performance. Well as these things normally go, with that being the second RX 480 to come into the office, I did spend some time with both the Sapphire and our original reference RX 480 on the test bench to test out Crossfire performance. Sadly, I hadn’t had a chance to take a look at the numbers until today, though. So today let’s see how the RX 480’s perform in Crossfire for those wondering if picking up a second RX 480 in the future will be worth in.

Product Names: Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro and AMD’s Reference RX 480 8GB

Written by: Wes

Testing by: Wes

Amazon Links: Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro and AMD’s Reference RX 480 8GB


Links to our original Reviews

Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro

AMD RX 480 8GB


Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro Specifications

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

AMD Reference Specifications
Architecture Polaris
Compute Units 36
Stream Processors 2304
Clock Speeds (Boost / Base) 1266 MHz / 1120 MHz
Peak Performance Up to 5.8 TFLOPS
Memory Size 4/8 GB
Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s or higher
Memory Interface 256 bit
Memory Type GDDR5
Board Power 150W
AMD FreeSyncTM Technology Yes
DirectX® 12 Support Yes
VulkanTM Support Yes
VR Premium Yes
DisplayPort Version 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready



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garfi3ld replied the topic: #38206 06 Oct 2016 17:51
I finally get around to checking out the 480's in crossfire

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