The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition eliminates Vega’s heat and noise issues with the most impressive cooling we’ve seen.
Four long months after AMD’s flawed Radeon Vega graphics cards launched, custom versions are finally starting to trickle out—and the wait was worth it. The monstrous, yet luxurious Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition relies on brute force to squash the most troubling problems that plague reference Vega cards. This beast sports the most wildly effective cooler to ever cross our test bench, and it manages to toss in a factory overclock while providing impressive tools for enthusiasts to push performance even further.
Curing Vega 64’s terrible heat and noise requires tradeoffs, though. Keeping the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition cool and quiet requires an awful lot of metal—and an awful lot of power. Then there’s the cost: At $659, this card is priced closer to a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti than Vega’s traditional rival, the GTX 1080. Is it worth the premium?
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