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SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 100406L 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low power draw. Quiet under normal operation. Looks decently well. 6pin power connector.

Cons: I only took off an egg for multiple reasons that where generally cosmetic.

1. Has no backplate, Sapphire could have added one an charged 10 bucks more.
2. Plastic shroud, cost cutting I know.
3. Heastsink is just one chunk of aluminum with large spaces between fins, also has a copper core. Would have liked to see much denser fin design with maybe couple copper tubes, but again cost cutting.
4. Would have liked the Radeon logo to light up or pulsate.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these, for hype reasons. The cards work flawlessly, an I am not planning on overclocking since they do what I want them to do. These cards get warm, near 78C while playing WoW. Keep in mind, not all games support Crossfire, so get 2 at your own risk. Other then that AMD did a good job, and the cons where more cosmetic then anything, and some hardware.

If you are planning to overclock, wait for board partner cards or get some EK water blocks (will require a custom loop) to insure they stay cool. Also make sure to have a decent motherboard, even though as of writing this AMD has fixed the power draw problem, which wasnt a problem in the first place for none overclockers.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good color match
Quiet Operation
Decent Tubing
PWM Fan-Fan controller friendly
Pre-Applied Thermal Paste
Simple Instructions

Cons: Thin Radiator
No way to change LED to Solid color, always blinking
Has 1 fan for push or pull, would be nice to see 2 for the price of 60 Dollars.
Tubing is ribbed, would have liked smooth.

Other Thoughts: I didnt take any eggs off for the Cons because they are mainly cosmetic upgrades/additions I would have wanted. The unit is pleasing to look at in a windowed case with a red theme, the blinking 'pump housing' is cool to glance at. The tubing is an ugly ribbed version, not the smooth that corsair puts on theirs.
The pump worked right out of the box, instructions where simple and easy to follow. Kinda hard to mount the brackets when you cant touch the pre-applied thermal paste. Keep in mind that some cases have different mounting options for a 120mm fan. The hard points on my case did not support the 'recommended' install of the fan in 'Push' since my case has an inner lip so the 120mm holes did not match to the radiator. Still keeps stock clock speeds low in an exhaust role with an R9 Fury dumping its heat through the radiator. So far no leaks...passed 24hr operation.
P.S. You may or may not hear the pump making noise when you first install it, do not be alarmed as its the bubbles in the system getting worked out and may take up to 20min or more run time for the pump to work out the bubbles. Your mileage may very on that note as it was about 5-10min before mine went silent.

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 Fury DirectX 12 100379SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support TRI-X (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The card I have produces no coil whine, even playing FFXIV on max settings.

The fans are very quiet, and also vary efficient. The card will run 1 fan (the right most fan) at 70-73C and will kick in the left most fan at 74+C and then turn it off when its below 74C. Center fan will come on if temps exceed a point from what im guessing which will be a vary HOT day.

The card is vary rigid, has no sag whatsoever.

Cons: The only con i can think of is the length. But that is not enough to take an egg off for since its a Tri-X cooler and we know this ahead of time.

The other con is the color. The color the card is now is great, but maybe a Red theme next time Sapphire, Blue, and White would be nice to see. Again, no egg taken off since knew this going in.

Other Thoughts: The card runs well, I am impressed. Comming from an Nvidia 970 (still a great card) this is like night an day. FFXIV real water, sharper edges, rich colors. This card is just amazing. I would say buy what you preferr to have. AMD did well this time around just like Nvidia did with thier 980tis.


Josh R.'s Profile

Display Name: Josh R.

Date Joined: 12/05/13

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 12/15/13
  • Last Review: 07/10/16
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