Punish your motherboard with the hefty Sapphire RX Vega Nitro+

Sapphire’s RX Vega Nitro+ is one hefty gal!

When a graphics card ships with an anti-sag GPU support bracket, you know it’s gonna be good. Or at least heavy. The RX Vega Nitro+ by Sapphire is said to weigh in at just over 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lbs), or about one and half times the weight of a MacBook. That’s potentially a lot of strain on your motherboard. Hence the bracket. It’s also no shorty at 310 mm or 12.2 inches long. You might want to measure your case beforehand, just in case. Did I mention it also has three 8-pin PCIe power connectors? Time to upgrade to that 750W+ fully modular power supply.

So what do you get for all this extra mass and power consumption? Like the regular Vega 56s/64s, the Nitro+ versions feature 3584/4096 processing cores and 8 GB of HBM2 memory. Their clock speeds, however, get a nice little boost: the core base clock has been upgraded from 1156/1247 MHz to 1305/1423 MHz, with a similar gain to the core boost clock, and a memory clock upgrade from 800 to 945 MHz.

In addition to speed enhancements, the card also features a decent-looking RGB illuminated triple-fan cooler and custom backplate. The RGB lighting can be controlled manually or adjust automatically in response to temperature or fan speed.

The two cards are priced to fit in between NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti at $659 for the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 NITRO+ and $569 for the RX Vega 56.

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