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Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 November 2020, 14:01

Tags: Sapphire, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Conclusion

...it's a great card for high-resolution gaming thrills and spills.

Sapphire rightfully has high expectations of the Radeon RX 6000 Series GPUs. Releasing Pulse and Nitro+ air-cooled cards, the aim is to improve upon the reference models in every meaningful way, which is no mean feat considering AMD has really upped its game on that front.

The Nitro+ version arrives armed with a higher core frequency that provides an extra four per cent framerate at higher resolutions. Not much, you might say, but understandable as AMD runs Big Navi pretty high from the off.

Faster speeds make it roughly performance equivalent to aftermarket Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 cards, and Sapphire manages this with minimal noise, great temps, and RGB that's attractive and restrained rather than gaudy and blinding.

It's a tough ask to recommend cards other than the base reference board from AMD - it really is good - yet Sapphire nails it with the Nitro+. On the rather large assumption you can find one in stock, anywhere near the Ā£700 SEP, this side of Christmas, it's a great card for high-resolution gaming thrills and spills.

Bottom line: a fine interpretation of of the Radeon RX 6800 XT, the Sapphire Nitro+ is a solid and dependable choice for the well-heeled gamer.

The Good
 
The Bad
Great perf at QHD and UHD
Super-quiet
Solid temps
Nice RGB implementation
Standard power cables
 
Stock issues
Ray tracing not up to RTX levels
Memory not overclocked



Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+ 16GB

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Are you able to run any tests with Zen 3 + SAM enabled?

Good to see AMD competing up there with Nvidia.

AMD need to sort their stock out. So do Nvidia, it seems they're selling at higher prices to crypto-miners instead of gamers at the moment.
The final page of the review is bugged

When I try to post a comment to it, it submits a blank and loops back to itself with nothing posted
Did the card have any coil whine?
availability: this time next year or x2 its original price with scalpers
what's the point of this review anyway
liquidflower
Did the card have any coil whine?

i think it said early on not much coil whine detected. (see first page)

hexus
there's not much to complain about in the coil whine department.