AMD Radeon RX 570 & RX 580 round-up: Polaris update

10 models of ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire tested

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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.

Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8GB Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition 8GB
The RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition is slightly lighter in terms of colour than the regular Nitro+.

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.

Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition 8GB
Both Sapphire RX 580s have a backplate.

All specifications of the two Sapphire RX 580s can be found in the table. 

General
 
BrandSapphireSapphire
Product nameRadeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8GBRadeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition 8GB
Product code11265-01-20G11265-00-40G
DetailsProduct infoProduct info
Chip
GPUAMD Radeon RX 580AMD Radeon RX 580
GPU seriesAMD Radeon RX 500AMD Radeon RX 500
GPU brandAMDAMD
Clock frequency - GPU1411 MHz1450 MHz
Clock frequency - Turbo1411 MHz1450 MHz
Aantal rekenkernen23042304
Memory
Memory amount8192 MB8192 MB
Memory clock frequency2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Memory cooling
Memory brandSamsungSamsung
Functionality
DirectX versionDirectX 12DirectX 12
nVidia SLI compatible
AMD Crossfire compatible
Design
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0 x16PCI-Express 3.0 x16
GPU coolingActive (2x)Active (2x)
Extra power connector
Power connector type(s)PEG6+PEG8PEG6+PEG8
Number of slots22
Length26.3 cm26.1 cm
Width12.7 cm11.9 cm
Height4.6 cm4.2 cm
Low profile
Connections
D-Sub connector
DVI connector
DVI output (amount)11
HDMI output
HDMI version2.0b2.0b
Number of HDMI connectors22
DisplayPort connector
DisplayPort version1.41.4
Number of DisplayPort connectors22
Interne HDMI aansluitingen00
Included
DVI -> D-Sub convertor
DVI -> HDMI plug
HDMI -> DVI plug
Remote control
DVD softwareDriversDrivers


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