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    Default SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

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    It’s been a long wait for the day that I would get to review my first graphics card. Well, the wait is over and we’ll be looking at the SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 . With the RX 480’s release, as well as the 470 and 460 looming on the horizon, the 370 isn’t going to be relevant much longer. Still, the card can be a great budget option for many games and the best part is getting to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their version of it.

    SAPPHIRE is a company I’ve always enjoyed following. My first card from them was a Radeon X1950 Pro, many years ago. Over time, the card has upgraded to a Vapor-X variant of the R9 290, but my experience with them has been really good throughout. SAPPHIRE recently started using the Nitro branding on many of their cards and it looks like the trend is going to continue with one of the RX 480 releases. By now, it’s pretty easy to see how well the R7 370 performs through some quick Google searches, but this a great opportunity to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their thermal and acoustic performance. We’ll dive right in, but first let’s see SAPPHIRE’s approach to introducing technology to us.

    SAPPHIRE Technology has long been established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of graphics products for the PC sector. Its AMD Radeon™ based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusiast. Now SAPPHIRE has expanded its reach to the Professional and Embedded market sectors.

    Innovation, performance and value for money have traditionally made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce silent cooling solutions based on fanless heatpipe technology and continues to offer this technology in its ULTIMATE series. It was again first to introduce the revolutionary Vapour Chamber Technology to graphics cards, giving quieter and more efficient cooling to high performance graphics products with its Vapor-X cooling solutions. Product variations such as the SAPPHIRE TOXIC range delivers users higher performance straight out of the box, and enthusiasts greater opportunities for performance tuning. SAPPHIRE also offers a range of PC mainboards in some of its global markets.

    PGS (Professional Graphics Solutions) is a division of SAPPHIRE that has been selling professional graphics products and solutions in the APAC region for several years. The AMD FirePro range of workstation products is well known in the industry and includes high performance products for computer aided design, content creation and multi-screen displays for Digital Signage and other applications. Now appointed by AMD as the Exclusive Global Distribution Partner for AMD FireProTM professional graphics solutions, SAPPHIRE has expanded its team to offers these solutions across its global territories.

    SAPPHIRE’s expertise in graphics and mainboards, and its capability to customise solutions also lends itself to the market for embedded applications, such as those found in gaming machines, surveillance and security installations and equipment for medical imaging. SAPPHIRE set up its Embedded Business Unit specifically to address this market. New products have been developed, including small format mainboards and multi-output graphics solutions, which together with SAPPHIRE’s existing portfolio puts the company in a unique position to offer top to bottom solutions from professional graphics, through integrated solutions to discrete consumer graphics.

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    Default Re: SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Excellent review great card for the money

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    Default Re: SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Good review.
    I wonder how the results would be in an Intel system build? I have an i7-4770K system with two 8GB Sapphire Nitro R9-390X cards in Crossfire.

    My results are, "Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today,................................To Frag!"

    Benches are not as good as my SLI-980s or SLI-980Ti cards, but more than enough to slap my games around like red-headed step children!
    Sapphire really makes excellent GPUs.
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    Default Re: SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Great review Josh, nice budget card.

    Always look beyond the limits...

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    Good review.
    I wonder how the results would be in an Intel system build? I have an i7-4770K system with two 8GB Sapphire Nitro R9-390X cards in Crossfire.

    My results are, "Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today,................................To Frag!"

    Benches are not as good as my SLI-980s or SLI-980Ti cards, but more than enough to slap my games around like red-headed step children!
    Sapphire really makes excellent GPUs.
    I have no doubt it would do better with an Intel CPU. Course, i7s are a bit out of the budget of this card. =D

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    I was asking about the Intel platform rather than an i7 CPU. I think that Intel boards do better than AMD variants in a lot of ways. (usually)

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    I was asking about the Intel platform rather than an i7 CPU. I think that Intel boards do better than AMD variants in a lot of ways. (usually)
    Well, INTEL CPUs are better all around, but I haven't gotten a chance to review one yet. Everyone is keeping me too busy. qq

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    From my limited experience with both, I find the Intel platform's DDR3 memory handling to be better. (faster and better OC potential)
    Also, SATA-III controller speeds seem to be faster.
    Unlocked CPUs OC better too.

    This is not to say that my last AMD board and CPU setup (FX-9590 & Gigabyte 990FX-Gaming G1) were bad, but the Intel rigs do better overall.

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    Default Re: SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    From my limited experience with both, I find the Intel platform's DDR3 memory handling to be better. (faster and better OC potential)
    Also, SATA-III controller speeds seem to be faster.
    Unlocked CPUs OC better too.

    This is not to say that my last AMD board and CPU setup (FX-9590 & Gigabyte 990FX-Gaming G1) were bad, but the Intel rigs do better overall.
    Yes, it is not just CPU speed. Intel's chipset and supporting components are better performers than AMD's all around. While it makes a bit of a difference in gaming, it gets more noticeable in computation and peripheral intensive tasks. This is especially true on the low end, where the lowest priced i3 (and even some Pentiums) outpace the Athlons and A Series by a wide margin.

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    Default Re: SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Great review Josh

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