Sapphire lays out a full house of Radeon RX 500 cards

Sapphire has been selling Radeons as long as it has existed, and so it should come as no surprise that the company has the widest variety of graphics cards based on AMD's new Radeon RX 500 series, at least so far. The gemstone guys are making no less than nine cards for the new family, split between the classic Nitro+ series and the new Pulse series.

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition

The new cards comprise five Radeon RX 580s and four RX 570s. Starting from the top, we have the Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5 Limited Edition. Sapphire says the GPUs that go on this model are hand-picked for high efficiency, and that they should be top performers for serious overclockers. The card will boost to 1450 MHz right out of the box, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Nitro-family backplate

Stepping down from those lofty heights, Sapphire is selling RX 580 cards with 4GB or 8GB of memory under both Nitro and Pulse branding. Both of the Nitro cards will boost their Polaris 20 GPUs to 1411 MHz. The Pulse cards are more conservative and will hang back at 1366 MHz. In both cases, the 4GB cards run their memory at 7 GT/s transfer rate.

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580

For the slightly slower RX 570, Sapphire offers four cards. The Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 8GD5 model in particular is an unusual one, since it's an RX 570 with 8GB of memory. It will boost to 1340 MHz, as will the otherwise-identical 4GB version of that card. Meanwhile, the Pulse family offers a very similar RX 570 4GB card that boosts to 1284 MHz.

Pulse-family backplate

All of the above cards require a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and include a metal backplate. They also all share the same output cluster of one DVI port, two DisplayPort jacks, and a pair of HDMI ports. That could make them a better choice for VR users who wish to use an HDMI display alongside their headset.

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX

Perhaps the most unique among Sapphire's new cards is the Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX. This is the first card of its kind that we've seen from the RX 500 family. It packs an RX 570 GPU and its 4GB of memory into a card just 6.7" long that is satisfied with a six-pin power connector. Sapphire had to sacrifice some of the display connections to do so, leaving this card with one each of DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI connectors.

As with the other RX 500 cards we've looked at lately, Newegg has all of Sapphire's finest up for sale already. That fancy Nitro+ RX 580 Limited Edition card rings in at $280. The standard Nitro+ RX 580 8GB is $250, and its Pulse cousin is $230. The 4GB cards come in at $220 for the Nitro+ and $200 for the Pulse. For the RX 570 cards, expect to shell out $220 for the Nitro+ card with 8GB of memory, $195 for its 4GB cousin, $180 for the Pulse version, and just $170 for the Pulse RX 570 ITX.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    At first glance one would wonder why a card vendor would embellish the back side of a graphics card; traditionally it’s left bare or there’s just a plain backplate there hiding the PCB. But on second thought, that’s the part of the card that’s actually easier to see if you have a windowed case in most circumstances. The side with all the fans and whatnots usually faces down. Good thinking, whoever thought of that. It’s so simple it’s not obvious.

    • Bensam123
    • 2 years ago

    Gonna go the complete opposite on this, out of all the AMD cards I’ve mined with Sapphire have the best coolers, clock the best, and are the most reliable. Sucks they only have two year warranties, but there aren’t many cards with nearly as beefy construction or four pipe cooler.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      My personal experience with the only Sapphire card I ever had, an HD5670, was a bit of a downer, as the card would always throttle down, making it actually run games noticeably choppier than my older Palit HD4670. Before the issue the Sapphire played games very well, until the time I noticed something was wrong. A reformat didn’t fix the issue. The card was just around 2 years old when it started doing that. As I’ve mentioned that was just my personal experience and I’m certainly not speaking for anyone else but myself but that kinda left a negative impression on me. It’s the only card I had that I had hardware issues, and many cards I had were in use for much longer. Not ruling Sapphire out the next time I buy though.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Did TR ever get a Sapphire RX480 Nitro+ to test? General consensus on those cards was that they were clocked too high for their coolers to handle. Since I see TR got a RX580 Nitro+ for their review, I’m wondering if they’ve changed/improved anything to combat the added power/heat of the RX580.

    [Edit] Found it. [url=http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/stefan/sapphire-rx-480-nitro-oc-4gb-8gb-review/3/<]RX480 Nitro+[/url<] and [url=https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/RX_580_Nitro_Plus/4.html<]RX580 Nitro+[/url<]. Looks like they added a heatpipe and it seems maybe a few more fins. Also 6 phase VRM as opposed to 5 phases on the RX480 Nitro+

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      Ooooh! [url=https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/66392i/saphire_rx580_vs_rx480_cooler_massive_improvement/<]here's a side-by-side courtesy of reddit[/url<]

    • jackbomb
    • 2 years ago

    It’s not a full house without Bob Saget.

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