Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition review: Taming Vega's flaws with brute force

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Next up: Ghost Recon: Wildlands ($60 on Amazon), a stunningly beautiful and notoriously punishing game based on Ubisoft’s Anvil engine. The Ultra graphics settings at 4K absolutely kneecaps graphics cards, so we test at Very High, which “is targeted to high-end hardware.” It’s a game that includes some Nvidia GameWorks features, but again, we test with those disabled.

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Vega’s seen some slight frame rate improvements in this game since launch, too. The Nitro+ Limited Edition falls between the Vega 64 air-cooled and liquid-cooled models yet again.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Here’s another graphically punishing game, but this one favors AMD hardware. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ($60 on Amazon) replaces Hitman in our test suite since its Dawn engine is based upon the Glacier Engine at Hitman’s heart. We dropped all the way down to the High graphics preset for this one, and tested in DirectX 12 alone as that mode performs better on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

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Next page: Rise of the Tomb Raider

At a Glance
  • The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition eliminates Vega's heat and noise issues with the most impressive cooling we've seen.

    Pros

    • The most effective GPU cooler we've tested
    • Very quiet fans
    • Overclocked and built to overclock more
    • GPU support bracket included

    Cons

    • Gargantuan size
    • Some coil whine
    • Performs like GTX 1080, priced like GTX 1080 Ti
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