AMD RX470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review

Test Setup

ASUS RX 470 Strix
Sapphire RX 470 Nitro

Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair LX 512GB OS
Corsair LS 480GB x2 Raid0 Games
Corsair H100i V2
Windows 10

Listed Clock Speeds

ASUS have got a slightly faster GPU than the Sapphire, but the Nitro has 100MHz extra pace on the GDDR5. It will be interesting to see whether the small GPU boost or the big memory boost has the better effect in our results.

ASUS Strix

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review  

Sapphire Nitro

Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review


Average Clock Speeds  

These are the important numbers to compare because as you will see later in the review the ones above are pretty much meaningless (just like the reference cards were). So the difference between the two averages here is 70MHz which doesn't sound a lot but as you will see it later it makes a huge difference in the results. Its all link to the temperate target and the power target for the cards, Asus has opted for a 60c target and Sapphire have gone for 75c. Problem is the temperature and the power are linked so by aiming for lower temps Asus are effectively holding back their card and as you can see by the below screenshots it actually makes their 'overclock' pointless because the card isn't being given enough power to actually get anywhere close to it.


Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review


Radeon RX 470 - ASUS Strix and Sapphire Nitro Review  

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Most Recent Comments

04-08-2016, 09:44:02

Brilliant little cards!

For those on a budget, these are really good cards. -performance on par with the 290x in some games-

Btw, have you recieved any RX 460 s yet Tom?Quote

04-08-2016, 09:50:20

Absolutely awesome. The Nitro seems to be kicking the Asus into touch too. Got to be one of the best looking GPUs ever made too (the Nitro). It just has everything.

Is the 470 Nitro the same size as the 480 one, Tom? I'm waiting for the 460 Nitro myself to complete a Linux rig.

Nitro = £164.99

Strix = £188.99.

Sigh Asus. Sigh.Quote

04-08-2016, 09:55:12

I noticed the Sapphire has a 8 pin while the Asus has a 6 pin power socket. price wise they are both the same price on OC UK.

being a bit of fan of asus I feel they let this 1 down with the looks and power limit.

Glad to see you get the Sapphire card in hope they will send you more in futureQuote

04-08-2016, 09:57:10

I got that wrong. £164.99 for a basic stock card, £188.99 for both the Strix and the Nitro.

I'd still take the Nitro though.Quote

04-08-2016, 10:31:02

Excellent review TTL the Nitro is well worthy of the award Quote

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