Introducing the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480

AMD Radeon RX480 Graphics designed for VR gaming

The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480 Gaming Series is designed for high-quality 1440p gaming. It features a 4th generation Graphics Core Next chip with an improved geometry engine, increased caches and native asynchronous shaders. The NITRO+ RX 480 8GB version comes with 2304 GCN-based stream processors that run with a factory-overclock boost clock of 1342 MHz. The model comes with a full 8 GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 2000 MHz on a 256-bit interface. The NITRO+ RX 480 4GB version delivers a factory-overclock boost clock of 1306 MHz with 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1750 MHz.

VR Ready Graphics Card

Powerful specs and VR-specific architectural optimizations, as well as the use of AMD LiquidVR™ technology, provide a premium Virtual Reality experience (scoring over 6.3 in a Steam VR Performance test), previously available only on significantly more expensive cards. The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ version is even more VR-friendly, with two HDMI ports: allowing the user to have both an HD monitor and cutting-edge VR headset running at the same time.

Graphics Card Cooling Perfected

One of the most innovative parts of SAPPHIRE’s first custom-designed Polaris card are the fans. The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480 features improved Dual-X cooling with two 95 mm dual-ball bearing fans that have an 85% longer lifespan compared to fans with sleeve bearings. The improvements to the fan blades means the solution is up to 10% quieter than the previous generation.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480 fans use the Quick Connect system. This means they’re easy to remove, clean, and replace, with just one screw holding them securely in place – without the need to disassemble the shroud or other parts of the card.

Improved Intelligent Fan Control III system turns off the fans completely in a low load situation and, with the help of the additional NITRO CoolTech, the fan starts precisely at 52 degrees Celsius to smartly balance performance against fan noise.

RGB Lighting

Just as important as the performance nowadays are the aesthetics of the hardware inside a user’s PC. Equipped with new NITRO Glow, the NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480 comes with a tasteful shroud design augmented by RGB LEDs. The user can customize the colours of the LEDs via software using the SAPPHIRE TriXX 3.0 utility or through hardware by pressing the red button on the back of the card. The system contains a set of five different modes, including Fan Speed Mode, GPU Temperature Mode or the colourful rainbow mode.

Durable Metal Backplate

The all-aluminum backplate provides additional rigidity that guarantees nothing bends and dust stays out. It also helps cool your card by increasing heat dissipation.