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Pros: Card been running like a champ.
Still very happy.,
Cons: No cons. Still loving my RX480's
Other Thoughts: This post to help the person who gave 2 stars because of power draw issues(which this card doesn't have that's why it 8 pin power). Unless your PSU can't supply proper amperage.
I had a friend who had a similar issue with RX470. His motherboard was running a bios version that shipped at release (over a year old). Updating his bios fixed it.
Please update your motherboards bios. Hope that helps
This review is from: NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch
Pros: High bandwidth 16 Port Switch
Easy to Setup
Easy to Understand (LEDs tell you speed on each port)
Can be wall mounted.
3 - Year Warranty
Cons: My only wish was that this model for having 16 ports that 1 or 2 would be POE ports (Power Over Ethernet). This use very handy to have and its too bad this product did not include it. Besides that the product is great.
Other Thoughts: Received the NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit switch for review.
For the unaware a switch is used to split up internet to many devices. (For example most home routers have 4 ports in the back) with this you can add a lot more Ethernet port capacity quickly. These are very common in commercial networking setups, its not uncommon to see 1-5 of these in small businesses that have a lot of high tech needs (doctor offices for example.
The GS316 switch came well packaged and undamaged. Setting it up is very easy, just plug the switch into the router and extra devices into the switch. Plug and play very easy. Each port has easy to under stand Green LEDs. 1 Green light of left means you have 100 Mbps active, both left and right Green LED on equals full 1000 Mbps connection.
The back of the unit has 2 Plus sign holes. These are used to wall mount the device, its very handy and makes cable management much easier. Tested at home with 6 PCs, 2 Printers, and 2 Powerline adapters all being plugged in at once, with no issues.
The product works well, and has no defects. The only weak spot would be it lacks POE (power over Ethernet) capability on this model. Having just a port or two with this added feature would be a great extra. Though that is just my wish, not worth taking an EGG off a great product.
If you have a large small office at home, or your business demands more Ethernet ports then your router can handle this is a great product. Very easy to setup.
Pros: Very Well Built
Quieter Compared to Reference Model
Much Lower Temp compared to reference
Performs roughly 8-10% in Games compared to Reference Design
Superior Thermals Compared to Reference
Cons: None, its a well built card, and performs much better then reference rx480 in all aspects of design, thermals, and performance.
Compared to the competitions new architecture Polaris aka RX480 does use considerably more power under load compared to PASCAL aka 1060 GTX.
Other Thoughts: Having both a Reference Sapphire RX480 8GB and this new Sapphire Nitro+ RX 8GB I was interested in seeing how they stack up.
The Nitro+ is a beautifully made card, and in all aspects is superior to the reference model.
* uses an 8-pin power plug, instead of the references 6-pin
* includes a DVI port which the reference model didn't have
* has a well made fan and heat pipe design along with a solid aluminium back plate.
* has a nice LED Sapphire logo on the side of the card which is a nice touch, which you can custom change the colors.
* It has black diamond chokes for superior thermals.
* Is much cooler and quieter while gaming compared to reference design
To see the difference in how the cards stacked up i ran 3dMark and many of its Benchmarking apps. Benchmarks were run 3-times each and average score of the 3 runs were taken to take into account the slight variations between runs.
i7-4790k running at stock for benchmark
16GB GSKILL DDR3-1886,
Samsung EVO SSD Windows 10 Pro
1 WD Black 2 TB 7200 64 Cache HD.
Reference / Nitro+
3906 / 4246
% Difference: 9.19%
10109 / 11341
% Difference: 8.91%
23931 / 27517
% Difference: 8.69%
Mantle 16 377 538 / 16 855 299
DX12 17 878 919 / 17 974 512
Max GPU Temperature During Firestrike Graphics Tests 1 & 2:
Ref / Nitro +
84c / 74c
10c is a HUGE improvement over the reference design, and goes to show what AMD GPU manufacturing partners can do with quality aftermarket designs.
While all games showed improvements in the max FPS, it was the min frame rates improvements that really impressed me.
For example in GTA V the MAX frame rates were (71 Ref / 75 Nitro+), but the MINs frame rates (45 Ref / 51 Nitro+).
Max FPS gains are always good but solid gains on the minimums are most important.
With RX480's being out of stock and in high demand, if you have the funds and see this card in stock buy it. This is a great choice and you wont be disappointed.