With less than two weeks before consumers are able to get their hands on the Radeon RX 480, there are now leaked images of an RX 480-based graphics card from Sapphire. The leak was first reported by folks over at VideoCardz. According to them, the Sapphire graphics card pictured is an 8GB variant of the Radeon RX 480.
At first glance, the Sapphire RX 480 Nitro (not actual name) resembles the looks of a cheese grater – with two cooler fans. Interestingly, the Sapphire logo etched on top of the graphics card will be LED-lit, of which the colours will change depending on the fan speed. Unlike Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the RX 480 Nitro by Sapphire draws power from a six-pin power connector as opposed to eight on the GeForce 10 series graphics cards.
A render of the Sapphire RX 480 Nitro graphics card was also leaked, this time by folks at Hardware Battle. When looking at the render, the similarities between the RX 480 Nitro and the reference graphics card by Radeon becomes apparent. Aside from the dual fans found in front of the graphics card, a backplate, and the Sapphire logo which replaces the Radeon’s, there’s not much else that differentiates both the graphics cards – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Despite this, there aren’t any confirmation or teasers being made by Sapphire about the RX 480 Nitro as of yet. This means that like any other rumours around the internet (especially the ones that come from only one source), it’s best to take this one with a grain of salt – at least until the 29th of June.