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Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro 4GB and 8GB OC

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 July 2016, 14:01

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Hold up, what's going on here, then? Why are the Sapphire cards almost 20fps faster at 1080p than the reference RX 480? The release notes of the Crimson 16.7.3 driver show there's a performance uplift compared to older drivers, but we didn't expect this much. This is the only game affected in the transition between drivers, and it feels as if it's been 'Vulkanised'.

The uplift peters out at higher resolutions, however, yet it still serves to show the importance of software optimisations. The improvements put the RX 480 on a much closer footing against the GTX 1060.