Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphics Card Review and Benchmarks
Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphics Card
Hello everyone. Will here and today I am reviewing the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 4GB graphics card. I purchased this card from Newegg during their Black Friday sales. At just $210, this card has finally come back down near its market value but still around $50 or $60 more expensive. I have been waiting on these prices to drop over the last several months but with cryptocurrency mining still being profitable, it is next to impossible to find these AMD cards at or near MSRP. I think this was a fair compromise, but how does the card perform? Well, let’s find out.
First, let us talk specifications of this card. The Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 4GB graphics card is middle of the road graphics card on the AMD platform and is built on the 14nm Polaris architecture. The card offers 2048 stream processors with a base core clock of 1325MHz, up from the 1168MHz base clock of the reference models. There are 4GB of GDDR5 memory with a 1750MHz memory clock. The Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 graphics card supports a maximum of 5 outputs and has a single DL-DVI-D port, 2 HDMI 2.0b ports, and 2 DisplayPort 1.4 ports. The card supports OpenGL 4.5, DirectX 12 and Vulkan 1.0. Also supported is AMD CrossFire and AMD FreeSynch technology. For cooling, the card comes with the Dual-X 975mm fans; two ball bearing. Also, the card features NITRO Free Flow air flow, NITRO FanSafe and Fan Health check, and SAPPHIRE Quick Connect system. There is also a dual UEFI BIOS, NITRO Glow RGB LED lights, and the card draws just 195 watts TDP. AMD and Sapphire recommend a 500-watt power supply and the card requires an 8-pin and an optional 6-pin power connector.
For testing, I used my Intel Core i7-7700K system. The CPU is cooled by the Corsair H60 all-in-one liquid cpu cooler and is overclocked to 4.7GHz. For RAM, I have 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM clocked at 2667MHz. The components are installed on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard and for storage, there is the Corsair MP500 480GB M.2 drive. Powering the test system is the EVGA 550 B3 550-watt power modular power supply. All games tested were tested at 1080p on the highest setting possible for each of the respective games settings. So, without further delay, here are the benchmarks.
In Grand Theft Auto V, I was afforded really smooth gameplay without stutter or lag. The game was quite enjoyable. This game most likely performed as well as it did because it is mostly a CPU bound game. You will see the difference in the games tested later which are more GPU bound.
Witcher III played okay and got us above console gaming 30 frames per second. The game played smooth and never dropped out of the 40s in FPS and provided an enjoyable gaming experience.
Rise of the Tomb Raider was next and as with Witcher III, it played fairly well but we never reached the magical 60 FPS average. However, there was no serious problems with the game and it played smoothly with very minimal amounts of stutter only during the more graphically intense scenes.
Far Cry Primal was the next game up. As with Witcher III and Rise of the Tomb Raider, we had a decent gaming experience and almost reached 60 FPS average.
Tom Clancy’s The Division came up next and was the first GPU bound game that reached the magic 60 FPS average.
Overwatch was the next game I tested. This game is an eSports game and doesn’t require a whole lot of compute or GPU power. I was able to keep a minimum of 68 FPS and averaged 97 FPS.
Doom was tested next. Doom has always favored the AMD cards over the nVidia cards and again, it favors AMD, or at least I’m sure it does since I did not compare to an nVidia card. The game played well and very smooth. There was no stutter and we never dropped below 141 FPS.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was up next and the RX 570 did okay with this title. There was some lag and stutter, more often than with some of the other games tested which had stutter. The RX 570 still provided a decent playing experience.
Finally, the last game tested was Battlefield 1. This game has never really given many cards much trouble. This was probably the most enjoyable gaming experience of all of the games tested on the RX 570. There was no stutter and visually, the game was quite stunning at and above 60 FPS.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, there you have it. The Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 570 handled all of the games tested fairly well. This is indeed a good midlevel card for systems that have an Intel Core i5 processor or Ryzen 5 1600 and would work well with a budget chip like the Pentium G4560 or Ryzen 3 1200 or Ryzen 5 1400. I would say the sweet spot system for this card would be the Ryzen 5 1400 or the Intel Core i5-7500. This RX 570 offers a decent gaming experience and overall enjoyable gameplay. Would I pay $210 for this card again? Probably not. I’d prefer this card at around its MSRP of around $150. So, if you can get one for around $150-$175, go for it. All in all, it’s a good card, though.