Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ & RX 580 Nitro+ LE
We and other reviewers were not really satisfied with the Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+, because the cooler was disappointing and produced a lot of noise. Despite keeping the same design, Sapphire changed the internals of the cooler quite a bit. According to Sapphire the heatsink is twice as big as the previous generation and we also count one more heatpipe, namely four instead of three. The card is also less ‘closed’ at the top, so all-in-all we expect a lot from these cards.
We test the RX 580 Nitro+ in two variants, namely the regular one and the Limited Edition. The LE is more expensive, but houses the previously mentioned Polaris 20 XTR-chip. This should result in more overclocking potential. Another unique aspect is that you receive a second set of transparent fans with the Limited Edition. In contrast with the standard black fans, these are equipped with blue led lighting.
You can change the colour of the Sapphire-logo at the top via the software, but integration with other system lighting is not offered by this manufacturer right now. As with ASUS and MSI we see the ‘VR-friendly’ combination of monitor connectors: 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort and one DVI. The Limited Edition-card has a dual-BIOS-switch: if you flip it, the clock speed increases even further.
All specifications of the two Sapphire RX 580s can be found in the table.