Joined on 03/24/04
The gold standard of GPU design
Pros: - Runs cool and quiet even at full load - Very sturdy backplate - DP, HDMI and DVI output options - Only requires a single 8 pin power connector
Overall Review: Compared to all other AMD GPUs I've owned the Sapphire RX 480 is hands-down superior when it comes to power consumption, heat generation, and sound level at full load. Sapphire has really put an incredible level of detail into the engineering into the RX series including the heatsink and fan design. Looking forward to Sapphire's Vega cards when they come out.
Does the job for CUDA apps
Pros: - Pascal with CUDA: good for CUDA accelerated applications - Single 6-pin connector
Cons: - Cheap build quality - Inferior Vulkan and DX12 support compared with AMD
Overall Review: The reason I bought this card is to run CUDA enabled applications where AMD APP is not possible. After purchasing many GPUs from Nvidia and AMD in the past few years I'm not impressed with Nvidia cards these days. They have cheap build quality compared with the AMD cards, especially compared to the Sapphire RX series. Not a big fan of Nvidia's drivers either. They're always trying to push their garbage like GeForce Experience down your throat. I find myself only installing the base driver for that reason. For my gaming PCs I've been sticking with the RX series. I've found AMD's Crimson drivers far more powerful and flexible and definitely superior for DX12 and Vulkan enabled games.
Great value @$399
Pros: - Can be undervolted for significant performance gains and power savings - Good 4k performance - HBM2
Cons: - extreme price volatility for Vega cards in general
Overall Review: Bought to replace my aging Sapphire Fury. Hard to find these @ the $399 price point. Personally I think Sapphire makes the best AMD based cards. The Pulse Vega 56 is no exception. Running the card at stock settings so far and getting excellent performance across the board at ultra settings in games. Haven't experienced the coil wine others have mentioned. The temps and noise are low.
Great for 4K gaming
Pros: - Excellent cooling - Low fan noise even under full load
Cons: - Large and heavy
Overall Review: Bought this to replace my R9 Fury's I was running in Crossfire. No problem getting it in my case (Thermaltake Core V51) and I didn't have to use the included support bracket. This is a fantastic card for 4k gaming. Averaging >60FPS for most games at 4k which is better than my R9 Furys in Crossfire. Hard to beat for the $499 price since 4K is where this card really shines.
Ordered a table from "FurnitureMaxx" (otherwise known as RoundHill Furniture based in Ohio). The company claimed the item shipped, charged my credit card, and unbelievablly falsified a FedEx tracking number. When I contacted RoundHill they adimited to never having shipped the item claiming it was still on backorder (hence also admitting to falsifying the tracking number). I have demanded an immediate refund of the purchase.