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SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 NITRO+ Review: 3 x 8-pin PCIe?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 18, 2017 2:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: SAPPHIRE

Final Thoughts

 

SAPPHIRE has built the best Radeon RX Vega graphics card bar none, including the ASUS ROG Strix variant and even AMD's own Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition. The LCE version is great and all, but it's still a huge watercooler compared to the stock triple-cooler on the new NITRO+ card from SAPPHIRE.

 

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Even with the RX Vega 64 NITRO+ mining Ethereum, we had a maximum of 70C. Now this might sound like a lot, but the liquid cooled variant from AMD was running at 65C in an air conditioned room, while the air-cooled RX Vega 64 (the worst of them all, and the loudest by far) was running at 79-80C.

 

SAPPHIRE's card is a work of art throughout the entire process while under load, with its fans barely making any noise - and silent when next to the air-cooled RX Vega 64. With the fans manually cranked to 100% you can begin to hear them but again, when compared to the air-cooled RX Vega 64 it's not a problem.

 

You'll never need them at 100% in anything you do, unless you're overclocking the card to the limit - and even then, the triple-fan, 3-slot cooler is good enough to handle it.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)80%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software80%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: This is the Radeon RX Vega 64 to get, with SAPPHIRE's beyond-impressive TRI-X cooler keeping the steaming hot Vega/HBM2 mix cool. FreeSync monitor owners should be all over this card.

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