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Sapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+ Limited Edition – better than GTX1080?

Rating: 7.5.

Almost four months ago to the day, AMD launched its flagship consumer graphics card: RX Vega 64. Now, after what has felt like an age, we can present our first review of an aftermarket Vega 64 card – the Sapphire Nitro+ Limited Edition model. Measuring 31cm long, and 5.4cm thick, it is nothing short of a monster. It even requires THREE 8-pin PCIe power connectors to function and comes with a support bracket to prevent GPU sag. Could this be the aftermarket card we were all hoping for when Vega 64 first launched?

With pricing still uncertain, however, we will have to see what performance boost – if any – the Sapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+ Limited Edition can bring when compared to AMD’s reference design. After all, the latter card is actually very hard to come by, and we’ve only found it listed online as out-of-stock.

Nvidia’s GTX 1080 cards are now cheaper than ever, too, with some models starting for as little as £499.99 – and from our initial testing, we know that a GTX 1080 is the faster card. With that in mind, Sapphire definitely has its work cut-out for its Nitro+ Limited Edition card.

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GPU AMD RX Vega64 Liquid
AMD RX Vega64 Air
AMD RX Vega56 Nvidia GTX 1070 Nvidia GTX 1080 Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti
GPU Name Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 GP104 GP104 GP102
GPU Cores 4096 4096 3584 1920 2560 3584
Base Clock 1406MHz 1247MHz 1156MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1480 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1677MHz (Avg) 1750MHz (Max) 1546MHz (Avg) 1630MHz (Max) 1471MHz (Avg) 1590MHz (Max) 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1582 MHz
Total Video Memory 8GB HBM2 8GB HBM2 8GB HBM2 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X
Texture Units 256 256 256 120 160 224
Texture fill rate 429.3 GT/s 395.8 GT/s 330.0 GT/s 180.7 GT/s 257.1 GT/s 331.5 GT/s
Memory Bit Rate
1.89 Gbps effective 1.89 Gbps effective 1.60 Gbps effective 8 Gbps effective 10 Gbps effective 11 Gbps effective
Memory Bandwidth 484 GB/s 484 GB/s 410 GB/s 256.3 GB/s 320 GB/s 484 GB/s
Bus Width  2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
ROPs 64 64 64 64 64 88
Manufacturing Process  14nm 14nm 14nm 16nm 16nm 16nm
TDP 345 W 295 W 210 W 150 W 180 W 250 W
Power Connector(s) 2x 8-pin 2x 8-pin 2x 8-pin 1x 8-pin 1x 8-pin 1x 6-pin + 1×8-pin
Launch MSRP $699 (Radeon Aqua Pack) $499 $399 $449 (FE) $699 (FE)  $699
Pricing (Dec 2017)
Approx £670+ Approx £540+ Approx. £530+ Approx. £380 Approx. £499 Approx. £680

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