This was a hard one. SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ is a decent enough performance upgrade over AMD's own reference Radeon RX 480, but the overclocked and better cooled RX 480 Nitro+ from SAPPHIRE isn't much slower than the RX 580 Nitro+.
SAPPHIRE is positioned to sell the Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ to people who waited, and didn't buy the RX 480 - but it's not enough of an upgrade to only now jump in. You could buy cheaper, second-hand RX 480s that are cheaper now. SAPPHIRE's choice of a 6+8-pin PCIe power connector is another weird decision since the performance over the RX 480 isn't worth another PCIe power connector being used.
SAPPHIRE placing the PCIe power connectors on top of the card behind the massive heat pipes is an oversight, at least in my opinion - as you can't grab the PCIe power connectors as easily as you could on the RX 480 Nitro+ which had them placed at the end of the card. It was a neater position for a gaming PC to have the PCIe power cables not visible from the top of the PC. It was a nice touch that SAPPHIRE used on the previous-gen card.
So where is it positioned? I'm recommending SAPPHIRE's Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ to gamers who might have an older generation graphics card, and want to save $100-$200 on a Radeon GPU/FreeSync combo. There are some seriously cheap FreeSync gaming displays out there, and if you can't afford what I'm sure will be a much more expensive card in Radeon RX Vega, then the Radeon RX 580 is definitely a great purchase.
From that perspective, SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ is the perfect AMD Radeon graphics card for 1080p 60FPS gaming with all of the bells and whistles enabled, and it doubles as a 1440p 60FPS gaming card. Mixed in with Radeon Chill, you can have a power-efficient gaming experience without spending $300+ on a graphics card and an additional $100 average for the premium of NVIDIA's own G-Sync panel in displays.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||75%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||75%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||80%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||80%|
The Bottom Line: SAPPHIRE's new Dual-X cooler has two optional fans, and just 'good' performance. With no reference RX 580 to compare it to, it's not impressive on its own. New gamers with FreeSync displays needing a new Radeon, look no further - this is what you want, if you can't wait for Radeon RX Vega.
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