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SAPPHIRE launches NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56

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PRESS RELEASE

Vapor chamber is back with style showing off the most efficient cooling to date

Key features:

  • Factory overclocked, up to 7% faster vs. reference models
  • Vapor chamber for the most efficient GPU cooling yet
  • System Fan Control for chassis fan management
  • New RGB LED shroud backlight
  • Card Support Bracket included

December 15th, 2017 – SAPPHIRE Technology is launching a pair of highly anticipated high-end graphics card models from the SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series family. The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 Limited Edition cards bring out the best of Vega architecture with factory-overclocked performance and an advanced custom cooling solution enshrouded in a captivating design.

Enthusiast-level Performance

To drive the most demanding scenarios in gaming, the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega cards come factory-overclocked. The NITRO+ RX Vega 64 model features a GPU with 4096 Stream Processors running with 1611 MHz Boost Clock. For the NITRO+ RX Vega 56, the chip features 3584 Stream Processorsclocked in Boost at 1572 MHz. Both models come equipped with two stacks of 2nd generation High Bandwidth Memory, featuring 8 GB in total. The memory is clocked at 945 MHz – 1890 MHz Effective (Vega 64) and 800 MHz – 1800 MHz Effective (Vega 56). With these clocks, the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX Vega models achieve up to 7% better framerate compared to reference cards. If needed, both models can be easily switched to a 2nd BIOS for energy-saving Efficiency Settings using a hardware switch on the side of the card.

Vapor Chamber-based Cooling

A custom-designed cooling solution used on two new NITRO+ RX Vega cards is SAPPHIRE’s most efficient cooler to date. To get the operational temperatures of the GPUs down to the targeted 70°C, SAPPHIRE has brought back its innovative vapor chamber technology made famous through SAPPHIRE’s Vapor-X series of graphics cards. Using this instead of the copper base on the GPU and HBM2 memory has lowered temperatures by up to 5°C. The vapor chamber is combined with a set of six nickel-plated heatpipes (three 8 mm and three 6 mm) and a substantial, densely-packed heatsink. Robust VRM cooling is achieved using a separate module with a dedicated set of two 6 mm heatpipes. Finally, heat is dissipated by a trio of efficient fans – two, slightly bigger, on the sides, running anticlockwise, and a smaller middle fan running clockwise to ensure optimal airflow. With the board featuring 14 phase digital power design and a powerful vapor chamber cooling system, SAPPHIRE NITRO+ has been designed to unleash the full potential of the AMD RX Vega GPU.

All three newly designed fans feature dual ball bearings for longer life and SAPPHIRE Quick Connect 2technology for convenient fan swapping or service. By default, the fans start precisely at 56°C for the system to remain quiet under light load. 

System Fan Control

An original SAPPHIRE-designed PCB includes the brand-new Turbine-X system that can control up to two external PWM fans mounted inside the PC’s chassis. A dedicated hardware controller on the card intelligently adjusts the speed of connected fans based on the reads from five thermal sensors included on the PCB to improve the system’s overall airflow. 

RGB LED Shroud Backlight

The NITRO Glow system has been significantly expanded and improved in SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX Vega 64 and 56 Limited Edition models. The iconic black NITRO shroud has been augmented with two backlit acrylic elements around the left and right fan. Along with the SAPPHIRE logo at the top, these backlights are full-RGB LEDs and can be customized using an upcoming version of SAPPHIRE’s TriXX software tool. 

A solid backplate also features a new design with a translucent SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series emblem enhanced by a blue LED backlight. 

Card Support Bracket

With these NITRO + RX Vega Limited Editions, SAPPHIRE is including a useful accessory: the SAPPHIRE NITRO Gear Card Support Bracket. This elegant, black nickel-plated and heat-treated tool helps stabilize and maintain the correct position of longer graphics cards to prevent PCI-Express slot damage or PCB bending. Thanks to its smart mechanical design, the bracket doesn’t require any additional space and only touches the card by a movable knob with a rubber, soft top. 

The SAPPHIRE NITRO Gear Card Support Bracket will be available to buy separately. It’s compatible with the majority of graphics cards in the market. 

Availability

The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 Limited Edition cards begin shipping today, and will be available from selected SAPPHIRE e-tailers and retailers worldwide.

Specifications:

 

Model

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX Vega 64 Limited Edition

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX Vega 56 Limited Edition 

Memory

8 GB HBM2 2048-bit

8 GB HBM2 2048-bit

Stream processors

4096

3584

Compute units

64

56

Boost clock

1611 MHz

1572 MHz

Base clock

1423 MHz

1305 MHz

Memory clock 

945 MHz (1890 MHz Effective)

800 MHz (1800 MHz Effective)

Cooling system

2x 92 mm dual-ball bearing fans running anticlockwise (left & right)

1x 80 mm dual-ball bearing fan running clockwise (middle)

Nominal speed: 0~1500 RPM

Maximum: 3200 RPM

 

Main module: 

Heat pipes (3x 8 mm + 3x 6 mm) 

Vapor Chamber

 

VRM module:
Heat pipes (2x 6 mm)
CU base

2x 92 mm dual-ball bearing fans running anticlockwise (left & right)

1x 80 mm dual-ball bearing fan running clockwise (middle)

Nominal speed: 0~1500 RPM

Maximum: 3200 RPM

 

Main module: 

Heat pipes (3x 8 mm + 3x 6 mm) 

Vapor Chamber

 

VRM module:
Heat pipes (2x 6 mm)
CU base

Outputs

2x HDMI 2.0b 
2x DisplayPort 1.4

2x HDMI 2.0b 
2x DisplayPort 1.4

Interface

PCI-Express 3.0

PCI-Express 3.0

Power Design

14 Phase Digital Power

14 Phase Digital Power

Power Connectors

3x 8-pin

3x 8-pin

PCB Layers

8

8

Special features

Dual UEFI Bios

NITRO FanSafe and Fan Health Check

SAPPHIRE Quick Connect 2

Intelligent Fan Control III

Precision Fan Control

Black Diamond Chokes

NITRO Glow (RGB LED shroud & logo; blue LED backplate)

 

NITRO Gear Card Support Bracket included

Dual UEFI Bios

NITRO FanSafe and Fan Health Check

SAPPHIRE Quick Connect 2

Intelligent Fan Control III

Precision Fan Control

Black Diamond Chokes

NITRO Glow (RGB LED shroud & logo; blue LED backplate)

 

NITRO Gear Card Support Bracket included

Technologies

DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMD FreeSync, AMD CrossFire XDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMD LiquidVR

DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMD FreeSync, AMD CrossFire XDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMD LiquidVR

 

About SAPPHIRE Technology

SAPPHIRE Technology is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of innovative components and solutions for PC systems for both consumer and professional applications. From its origins in the design and manufacture of state-of-the-art graphics add-in boards, the extensive SAPPHIRE product range has grown to include a broad range of professional and embedded products. Founded in 2001, SAPPHIRE is a privately held global company headquartered in Hong Kong.

SAPPHIRE Technology is dedicated to maintaining a relationship with our community of customers and PC enthusiasts, by being present and active on various social network channels including FacebookSteamYouTube, as well as running a community blog SAPPHIRE Nation.