Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT Overview
Sapphire has done with a new design for their RX 5000 series of Nitro+ graphics cards. This is a pretty large card with a length of 309 mm and has some pretty decent weight to it when you first pick it up, which is a good sign.
Sapphire has gone with a mainly black design with a few silver accents on the main side of the card. This card makes use of triple-fan cooling solution that sits above a large fin stack with multiple heatpipes. You’ll notice that the two fans on the outsides are larger than the center fan. These run anti-clockwise, while the center fan runs clockwise to ensure optimal airflow.
Looking at the card from the side we can see the two heatsinks below the cooling fans. There is a main heatsink for the GPU itself and another heatsink for the power delivery components. These heatsinks are connected 5 copper heatpipes. On the opposite side we can see the Sapphire logo, which will light up with RGB lighting when you have your system powered on. The card gets power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors.
Flipping the card over we can take a look at the full-cover metal backplate. Sapphire has definitely designed this to be more flashy than the other side of the card as it is a combination of black, white, and silver. There is also a Sapphire Nitro+ logo that will light up when you power your system on. With the card flipped over there are a few things to notice, first towards the front of the card there is a small BIOS switch. Sapphire has equipped this card with a “default”, “performance” and “quiet” BIOS. The switch was set on “default” when we received the card. At the other end of the card there is a 3-pin addressable RGB header so you can connect the RGB elements of the card to your motherboard to control them via the motherboard’s RGB software.
When it comes to display outputs you two DisplayPort 1.4a’s and two HDMI 2.0b ports.