Software & Lights
When we took a look at Sapphire’s Pulse RX 5700 we got a chance to see a developmental build of Sapphire’s new Trixx software. Well it looks like this software has been completed and has a lot more functionality than the developmental build we saw a few months ago. When you first open the software you are brought to the “Dashboard” tab. Here you can see all of the information on the card you are running, you can select which BIOS you are running, and you can see a live view of your GPU clock, memory clock, GPU temperature, GPU load, and GPU voltage.
“Hardware Monitor” is what you would expect it to be. You have live graphs for all of the vital information of your card.
The next tab is “TriXX Boost”, this essentially allows gamers to gain performance in games by running them at lower resolutions. Typically many games only give you a few resolution options (1080p, 1440p, 4K, etc). With TriXX Boost additional custom resolutions are created with the user selecting quality vs performance on a slider. This then allows the game to render at the said resolution then up-scales the output image using Radeon Image Sharpening.
The next tab is “Fan Health Check” which will run a test on the fans to see if they are healthy and performing how they should be.
Finally there is “Nitro Glow” which controls the RGB lighting. You have the option of choosing your effect, the brightness, and how fast the effect cycles through. You’ll also notice “External Source”, this is what you select if you plan to connect the 3-pin header on the card to your motherboard.
When it comes to RGB lighting on the card there are three sections of the card that light up, but you cannot control them individually. There is the Sapphire logo on the side of the card, a strip along the edge of the card, and then the Nitro+ logo on the backplate. Overall I think the lighting looks quite good.