SAPPHIRE has another great custom Radeon RX 5700 XT on its hands with its new flagship RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC, something that would slot right into any gamers PC and give them a huge injection of awesome.
Not only does it look great, but the SAPPHIRE RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC also has better-than-reference performance. It's up there with the fastest custom RX 5700 XT graphics cards, so the purchasing decision is going to come to exclusive features and the look and style. This matters, because you're not just buying an old IBM machine anymore -- RGB and style counts now, yo.
When it comes down to exclusive features, that's an area where this time around SAPPHIRE has something very useful and actually provides more performance. It's not like SAPPHIRE's TriXX software just tweaks your RGB, but it has up to 15% more performance at 4K -- something I will be testing in more detail soon.
SAPPHIRE also has some nice touches like Fan Health Check which lets you check the health of the trio of fans on the RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC, with the TriXX software also letting you switch between the two BIOSes on the card as well as tweak the Nitro Glow ARGB lighting.
SAPPHIRE also offers an optional upgrade to the Radeon RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC with some ARGB fans, with the three fans featuring RGB lighting that better matches the card. I've reached out to SAPPHIRE about getting some of these fans, and then I'll have a follow up piece that'll give you a look at what the RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC looks like with the optional ARGB fans.
All-in-all, a stellar graphics card from SAPPHIRE -- it almost feels like a return to force from the company with the new RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC... and with all of the tweaks to the card in both style and design as well as in software -- I now want to see SAPPHIRE release a TOXIC version of the RX 5700 XT.
SAPPHIRE is reportedly working on a new custom Navi-based TOXIC graphics card that I'm sure would arrive in the form of the Radeon RX 5700 XT TOXIC... and in previous rumors was water-cooled. Slowly but surely SAPPHIRE could really come back into the game and fill out a family of kick ass Radeon graphics cards, the last of which we saw during the Hawaii-based R9 200 series cards.
SAPPHIRE -- it's great to see you back and swinging with the new RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC... a true treat for SAPPHIRE and Radeon gamers.
Performance (overclocking, power) 100%
Quality (build, design, cooling) 95%
General Features (display outputs, etc) 90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software 95%
The Bottom Line
SAPPHIRE's return to form: the new Radeon RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC is an absolutely stellar custom Navi graphics card. It offers great performance, some kick ass new features in its TriXX Boost software, and looks AWESOME. Nice work, SAPPHIRE!