SAPPHIRE Radeon™ GRAPHICS CARD

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon™ RX 480 4G D5 OC

THE NEW SAPPHIRE NITRO SERIES IS AN EVOLUTION OF OUR MARKET-LEADING, AWARD-WINNING, HIGH-END GRAPHICS CARD TECHNOLOGY – NOW MADE ACCESSIBLE FOR THE PC GAMER.

Designed from the ground up, we’ve crammed in everything you need (and left out everything you don't) to maximize the gaming experience for your budget. The SAPPHIRE NITRO series boasts a range of features previously reserved for high-end cards, including long-life capacitors and award-winning Black Diamond Chokes, as well as our award-winning cooling solutions. Its sleek, elegant contours have been designed to suit any build. And the latest graphics architecture from AMD ensures fast, reliable gaming, performance tuned for any level of gamer.

So whatever kind of gamer you are, the SAPPHIRE NITRO series offers you the maximum gaming experience for your budget.

NITRO Quick Connect

SAPPHIRE’s Quick Connect System provides a quick and easy solution. If there’s a fan issue detected, the user doesn’t need to return the entire card – SAPPHIRE’s partners will send out a replacement fan directly to the customer or the retailer. Please contact your place of purchase to request a fan replacement. SAPPHIRE’s channel partner will arrange the ideal solution for you to receive your replacement fan.


NITRO Free Flow

We looked at the traditional axial fan design system, and found that the way it circulates the hot air back to the fan inlet resulted in a higher temperature over time. With NITRO Free Flow (NFF) we redesigned the airflow of the entire cooler and board, so that the hot air is expelled through the system fan instead, rapidly dissipating heat.


Dual-X Cooling

SAPPHIRE's acclaimed Dual-X Cooling is powered by two massive yet silent fans and state-of-the-art radiator design. The new form of our 95mm blades mean greater airflow and superior heatsink coverage at lower noise compared to standard cooling designs.

These feature dual ball bearing fans, which have an 85% longer lifespan than sleeve bearings in our tests.


VR Friendly

The SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series cards come with Dual HDMI ports, specifically designed to work with VR. By having two HDMI ports, you can have both an HD monitor and cutting-edge VR headset running at the same time.

The ports are HDMI 2.0b, the latest update, with an 18Gbps bandwidth, up to 32 audio channels, and is able to support 4K 50/60 resolutions like 2160P, whilst remaining entirely backwards compatible with older HDMI specifications.


Two-ball bearing

Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.


Frame Rate Target Control

Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode; the benefit being that FRTC can reduce GPU power consumption (great for games running at frame rates much higher than the display refresh rate) and therefore reduce heat generation and fan speeds/noise on the graphics card.

Frame Rate Target Control caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus, where frame rates can often run needlessly into the hundreds of FPS. Users might wish to set a very high cap just to limit wasteful FPS like that seen in menus and such, while still taking advantage of the responsiveness given by FPS well beyond 60.


DirectX® 12

DirectX® 12 is a new, “console-like” graphics API from Microsoft® that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or “explicit” control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon™ GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX® 12 game.


AMD Freesync technology

No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.

AMD FreeSync™ technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing or stuay.

Industry-Standard Displayport

Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync Eliminates screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency

  • Synchronizes the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the frame rate of your content, however much it varies
  • Monitor partners are validating with drivers from AMD now 

AMD XConnect™ Technology

Plug in and game on with AMD XConnect technology.

Now it’s easier than ever to connect and use an external Radeon™ graphics card. With AMD XConnect™ technology, external GPU enclosures configured with Radeon™ Graphics can easily connect and disconnect to a compatible ultrathin notebook or 2-in 1 over Thunderbolt™ 3 at any time, just like a USB flash drive—a first for external GPUs!


AMD Eyefinity Technology

Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment

We are taking you beyond the boundaries of traditional PC displays. AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).

Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon™ graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too.1 Create your dream display.


AMD Crossfire™  

Harness the power of multiple GPUs

AMD CrossFire™ technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire™ harnesses the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to dramatically improve gaming performance.1 AMD CrossFire™ technology ready graphics cards fit practically every budget. With the flexibility to combine two, three or four GPUs, AMD CrossFire™ technology is the perfect solution for those who demand extreme performance.


Introducing AMD LiquidVR

LiquidVR™ is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” — a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.”  Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR™ uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.   

 


Virtual Super Resolution

Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) is an AMD feature that is game and engine agnostic to simulate  Super-Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) in games that do not have native SSAA support. VSR can also be used in conjunction with other native in-game anti-aliasing for even more game graphics-setting control. VSR allows games to render at higher resolutions (up to 4K; see the ‘Virtual Super Resolution Support’ table, below) and then rescales them down to a lower native display resolution. Using this, you can get quality that rivals up to 4K, even on a 1080p display while playing your favorite games.


HDR Ready 

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a state-of-the-art technology for gamers and cinephiles that care deeply about the display quality of their TV or monitor. Modeled after the acuity of human vision, HDR vastly expands the range of colors and contrast ratios that can be shown by compatible displays. HDR-ready games and movies played on an HDR display appear strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid, with enhanced contrast and sophisticated nuance compared to even the most stunning SDR content.


GPU 2304 Stream Processors
14 nm FinFET
4th Graphics Core Next (GCN)
1202 MHz  Engine Clock
1306 MHz Boost Engine Clock
Interface PCI-Express 3.0
Memory 256 bit Memory Bus
GDDR5 Memory Type
1750 MHz, 7000 MHz Effective
4 GB Size
BIOS Support UEFI BIOS
Displays Maximum 5 Outputs
Output 1 x DVI-D
2 x HDMI 2.0b
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
Resolution 3840×2160 (60 Hz) Pixel DisplayPort Resolution
2560x1600 (60Hz) Pixel Dual Link DVI Resolution
3840×2160 (60 Hz) HDMI Resolution
API OpenGL® 4.5
OpenCL 2.0
DirectX® 12
Shader Model 5.0
Feature AMD CrossFire
FreeSync Technology
AMD Eyefinity
Quad HD Display (4K*2K Support)
Video Codec Engine (VCE)
AMD Liquid VR Technology
AMD Virtual Super Resolution(VSR)
AMD TrueAudio™ Next Technology
Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ Support
AMD Xconnect ready
DirectX™ 12 Optimized
Radeon VR ready Premium
HDR Ready
Frame Rate Target Control
NITRO Quick Connect system
NITRO CoolTech(NCT)
Dual-X Cooling
Cooling Dual-X fans
Two ball bearing
Form Factor 2 Part Slot Occupied
9.06(L)x4.96(W)x1.61(H) Dimension /Inch
230(L)X 126(W)X 41 (H) Dimension /mm
Power Consumption 225W
OS Windows 10 Windows 7 
System Requirement 500 Watt Power Supply (Suggestion)
1 x 8-pin AUX Power Connector
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for installing software
PCI Express® 2.0 or higher version based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard in order for the card to be compatible with.
  • Specifications provided here are for guidance only. Please check with your regional distributor or dealer for latest specifications.
  • Colors of PCB or other components may differ from those illustrated.
  • SAPPHIRE reserves the right to update or revise specifications without prior notice.
  • All trademarks and logos are acknowledged as the property of their respective holders.
GPU 2304 Stream Processors
14 nm FinFET
4th Graphics Core Next (GCN)
1202 MHz  Engine Clock
1276 MHz Boost Engine Clock
Interface PCI-Express 3.0
Memory 256 bit Memory Bus
GDDR5 Memory Type
1750 MHz, 7000 MHz Effective
4 GB Size
BIOS Support UEFI BIOS
Displays Maximum 5 Outputs
Output 1 x DVI-D
2 x HDMI 2.0b
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
Resolution 3840x2160 (120Hz) Pixel DisplayPort Resolution
2560x1600 (60Hz) Pixel Dual Link DVI Resolution
3840×2160p (60 Hz) HDMI Resolution
API OpenGL® 4.5
OpenCL 2.0
DirectX® 12
Shader Model 5.0
Feature AMD CrossFire
FreeSync Technology
AMD Eyefinity
Quad HD Display (4K*2K Support)
Video Codec Engine (VCE)
AMD Liquid VR Technology
AMD Virtual Super Resolution(VSR)
AMD TrueAudio™ Next Technology
Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ Support
AMD Xconnect ready
DirectX™ 12 Optimized
Radeon VR ready Premium
HDR Ready
Frame Rate Target Control
NITRO Quick Connect system
NITRO CoolTech(NCT)
Dual-X Cooling
Cooling Dual-X fans
Two ball bearing
Form Factor 2 Part Slot Occupied
9.06(L)x4.96(W)x1.61(H) Dimension /Inch
230(L)X 126(W)X 41 (H) Dimension /mm
Power Consumption 225W
OS Windows 10 Windows 7 
System Requirement 500 Watt Power Supply (Suggestion)
1 x 8-pin AUX Power Connector
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for installing software
PCI Express® 2.0 or higher version based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard in order for the card to be compatible with.
  • Specifications provided here are for guidance only. Please check with your regional distributor or dealer for latest specifications.
  • Colors of PCB or other components may differ from those illustrated.
  • SAPPHIRE reserves the right to update or revise specifications without prior notice.
  • All trademarks and logos are acknowledged as the property of their respective holders.
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AMD Official Radeon Driver

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AMD Radeon Software

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.2.1 Driver for Windows® 7 64-bit​ 16.60.2011
Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSONRELIVE-17.2.1

​​​​​Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD's advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 Highlights

Support For

  • For Honor™
    • Up to 4% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2(RS-115)
  • Sniper Elite™ 4
    • Up to 5% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2.(RS-114)

Multi GPU profile added for DirectX® 11:

    • For Honor™
    • Sniper Elite™ 4

Fixed Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience an application crash when switching to fullscreen or menus in gameplay on Multi GPU configurations
    • On some Radeon GCN products DXVA H.264 encoded video may experience corruption when fast forwarding or seeking through content
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may fail to enable itself on some fullscreen applications.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive has incorrect default slider values with Radeon Chill enabled. Users can modify these values to suit the experience they want.
    • Graphics processor information may be missing from system information overlay on Radeon ReLive captured videos.
    • DayZ may experience an application crash when Radeon ReLive Instant Replay/Recording is active or the feature may not work as expected.
    • Memory clocks may become locked at low states on Radeon R9 380 series products.
    • Radeon ReLive recording in fullscreen with Windows Media Player or Power DVD may experience flickering.
    • AMD Radeon HD 7900 series products may experience shadow corruption when shadows are disabled in Civilization™ VI.
    • GRID™ Autosport may experience an application hang when enabling the advanced lighting graphics option

Known Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience game menu flickering issues or fail to render after performing a task switch in 4x Multi GPU system configurations.
    • Adjusting Radeon WattMan settings on some Radeon R9 380 series products may cause display flickering or application hangs.
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may not be compatible or function with Sniper Elite™ 4.
    • Enabling supersampling in Sniper Elite™ 4 may cause image cropping.
    • Radeon Settings may crash on switching Windows® user after toggling AMD CrossFire™ technology mode.
    • A small amount of apps may still experience issues with Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology if other applications or game launchers are running on the primary screen in the background.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft™ may experience flickering or performance issues the first time the game is launched on a system boot with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled. Workarounds include exiting and restarting the application or task switching (alt+tab) in and out of the game to fix the issue.

Known Issues for Radeon ReLive

    • The XBOX™ DVR application may cause conflicts with Radeon ReLive, users are suggested to disable XBOX™ DVR if Radeon ReLive is experiencing issues.
    • Radeon ReLive may fail to install on AMD APU Family products or experience a system hang or failure to record when using the recording feature on AMD APU Family products.
    • Radeon ReLive may stop working after hot unplugging of a secondary display.
    • Radeon ReLive may experience minor graphical corruption for the first few recorded frames when launching UWP applications.
    • Vulkan™ applications may experience a game hang when using Radeon ReLive to record.
    • System information overlay is only generated on first run and will not be repopulated when system configuration is changed.
    • Radeon ReLive may not function when Hyper-V is enabled on Windows®.

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File Size: 471MB

Windows 7 (64-bit)
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.2.1 Driver for Windows® 8.1 64-bit​ 16.60.2011
Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSONRELIVE-17.2.1

​​​​​Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD's advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 Highlights

Support For

  • For Honor™
    • Up to 4% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2(RS-115)
  • Sniper Elite™ 4
    • Up to 5% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2.(RS-114)

Multi GPU profile added for DirectX® 11:

    • For Honor™
    • Sniper Elite™ 4

Fixed Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience an application crash when switching to fullscreen or menus in gameplay on Multi GPU configurations
    • On some Radeon GCN products DXVA H.264 encoded video may experience corruption when fast forwarding or seeking through content
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may fail to enable itself on some fullscreen applications.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive has incorrect default slider values with Radeon Chill enabled. Users can modify these values to suit the experience they want.
    • Graphics processor information may be missing from system information overlay on Radeon ReLive captured videos.
    • DayZ may experience an application crash when Radeon ReLive Instant Replay/Recording is active or the feature may not work as expected.
    • Memory clocks may become locked at low states on Radeon R9 380 series products.
    • Radeon ReLive recording in fullscreen with Windows Media Player or Power DVD may experience flickering.
    • AMD Radeon HD 7900 series products may experience shadow corruption when shadows are disabled in Civilization™ VI.
    • GRID™ Autosport may experience an application hang when enabling the advanced lighting graphics option

Known Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience game menu flickering issues or fail to render after performing a task switch in 4x Multi GPU system configurations.
    • Adjusting Radeon WattMan settings on some Radeon R9 380 series products may cause display flickering or application hangs.
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may not be compatible or function with Sniper Elite™ 4.
    • Enabling supersampling in Sniper Elite™ 4 may cause image cropping.
    • Radeon Settings may crash on switching Windows® user after toggling AMD CrossFire™ technology mode.
    • A small amount of apps may still experience issues with Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology if other applications or game launchers are running on the primary screen in the background.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft™ may experience flickering or performance issues the first time the game is launched on a system boot with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled. Workarounds include exiting and restarting the application or task switching (alt+tab) in and out of the game to fix the issue.

Known Issues for Radeon ReLive

    • The XBOX™ DVR application may cause conflicts with Radeon ReLive, users are suggested to disable XBOX™ DVR if Radeon ReLive is experiencing issues.
    • Radeon ReLive may fail to install on AMD APU Family products or experience a system hang or failure to record when using the recording feature on AMD APU Family products.
    • Radeon ReLive may stop working after hot unplugging of a secondary display.
    • Radeon ReLive may experience minor graphical corruption for the first few recorded frames when launching UWP applications.
    • Vulkan™ applications may experience a game hang when using Radeon ReLive to record.
    • System information overlay is only generated on first run and will not be repopulated when system configuration is changed.
    • Radeon ReLive may not function when Hyper-V is enabled on Windows®.

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File Size: 420MB

Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.2.1 Driver for Windows® 10 64-bit​ 16.60.2011
Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSONRELIVE-17.2.1

​​​​​Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD's advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 Highlights

Support For

  • For Honor™
    • Up to 4% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2(RS-115)
  • Sniper Elite™ 4
    • Up to 5% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 8GB series products when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.1.2.(RS-114)

Multi GPU profile added for DirectX® 11:

    • For Honor™
    • Sniper Elite™ 4

Fixed Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience an application crash when switching to fullscreen or menus in gameplay on Multi GPU configurations
    • On some Radeon GCN products DXVA H.264 encoded video may experience corruption when fast forwarding or seeking through content
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may fail to enable itself on some fullscreen applications.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive has incorrect default slider values with Radeon Chill enabled. Users can modify these values to suit the experience they want.
    • Graphics processor information may be missing from system information overlay on Radeon ReLive captured videos.
    • DayZ may experience an application crash when Radeon ReLive Instant Replay/Recording is active or the feature may not work as expected.
    • Memory clocks may become locked at low states on Radeon R9 380 series products.
    • Radeon ReLive recording in fullscreen with Windows Media Player or Power DVD may experience flickering.
    • AMD Radeon HD 7900 series products may experience shadow corruption when shadows are disabled in Civilization™ VI.
    • GRID™ Autosport may experience an application hang when enabling the advanced lighting graphics option

Known Issues

    • For Honor™ may experience game menu flickering issues or fail to render after performing a task switch in 4x Multi GPU system configurations.
    • Adjusting Radeon WattMan settings on some Radeon R9 380 series products may cause display flickering or application hangs.
    • AMD FreeSync™ technology mode may not be compatible or function with Sniper Elite™ 4.
    • Enabling supersampling in Sniper Elite™ 4 may cause image cropping.
    • Radeon Settings may crash on switching Windows® user after toggling AMD CrossFire™ technology mode.
    • A small amount of apps may still experience issues with Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology if other applications or game launchers are running on the primary screen in the background.
    • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft™ may experience flickering or performance issues the first time the game is launched on a system boot with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled. Workarounds include exiting and restarting the application or task switching (alt+tab) in and out of the game to fix the issue.

Known Issues for Radeon ReLive

    • The XBOX™ DVR application may cause conflicts with Radeon ReLive, users are suggested to disable XBOX™ DVR if Radeon ReLive is experiencing issues.
    • Radeon ReLive may fail to install on AMD APU Family products or experience a system hang or failure to record when using the recording feature on AMD APU Family products.
    • Radeon ReLive may stop working after hot unplugging of a secondary display.
    • Radeon ReLive may experience minor graphical corruption for the first few recorded frames when launching UWP applications.
    • Vulkan™ applications may experience a game hang when using Radeon ReLive to record.
    • System information overlay is only generated on first run and will not be repopulated when system configuration is changed.
    • Radeon ReLive may not function when Hyper-V is enabled on Windows®.

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File Size: 433MB

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