Sap­phire RX 470 Nitr o+ OC 4GB

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware - www.sap­phiretech.com £210

Like Asus’s RX 480, Sap­phire’s RX 470 fea­tures a host of ex­tras, but here you also get bet­ter value and a smaller card. Where the Asus is a triple-fan af­fair, Sap­phire makes do with two, cut­ting the length to just 242mm and the height to 113mm. And those fans don’t buckle un­der test­ing ei­ther – they do a per­fectly fine job of stay­ing rea­son­ably quiet while keep­ing the card from roast­ing.

The fans are also re­mov­able and clever vent­ing on the back­plate means they help to push heat through the card and to the top of your PC, rather than hav­ing it cir­cu­late round the bot­tom – a gen­uine prob­lem once cards with this style of cooler are in­stalled in a PC. There’s a sturdy metal back­plate as well, which, along with a match­ing fan shroud and RGB back­lit Sap­phire logo, makes for a very tidy-look­ing card, even if the pat­tern on the back­plate isn’t quite to our lik­ing.

Like most of the other cards on test, it’s over­clocked out the box, with the de­fault RX 470 clock­ing in at 932MHz, while the Nitro+ ver­sion is 1260MHz. That over­clock­ing com­bined with solid start­ing per­for­mance means this card pro­vides de­cent bang for buck, sit­ting com­fort­ably be­tween the GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 in terms of price and per­for­mance.

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