Sapphire offers factory-overclocked RX 470 video cards
The long time AMD partner Sapphire Technology has announced two new Radeon RX 470 video cards. The event has taken place on the same day of the RX 470 launch, which once again shows the strong connections between Sapphire and AMD.
The new Sapphire RX 470 video cards are called Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 470 OC and come factory-overclocked. The major difference between the two models lies in the frame buffer that they feature – the first model has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, while the second one features 8 GB of the same video memory. The 4 GB version runs its GPU at 1143 MHz base clock, while in Turbo Mode the clock speed rises to 1260 MHz. The memory speed in the 4 GB model is 7000 MHz. The 8 GB version runs its GPU at 1121 MHz base clock, while in Turbo mode the clock speed jumps to 1260 MHz. This one, however, has faster memory at 8000 MHz. As a comparison the reference RX 470 video card operates at 926 MHz/1206 MHz for the GPU and at 6600 MHz for the memory.
To cool the video card internals Sapphire has outfitted the two overclocked RX 470 video cards with Dual-X cooling solutions. They include two 95 mm cooling fans as well as three heat pipes. One of them is 6 mm wide, while the two other are 8 mm. The cooling fans only turn on when the GPU temperature exceeds 52 degrees Celsius so when the cards are idle or under insignificant load they are virtually silent. Furthermore to make the two RX 470 models nicer, Sapphire has added RGB lights to both of them. Users can adjust the colors of the lights by using the Sapphire TriXX 3.0 software or the red button at the back of the cards. In addition on their backs the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 470 OC video cards have a metallic backplate that spreads heat evenly. The cards need additional power that comes through an 8-pin power connector and at the back they offer two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and a single DL DVI-D port.
The Sapphire Radeon RX 470+ Nitro 4 GB sells for around USD 209, while the 8 GB version costs around USD 239.