Sapphire today officially announced non-standard versions of the Radeon RX 6000 series graphics accelerators. Five video cards were presented in total: three NITRO + models and two PULSE models. All new items use massive cooling systems with three fans and will occupy almost three (2.7) expansion slots in the PC case.
The Sapphire NITRO + series includes the Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 models. In addition, the company has introduced a Special Edition version called the NITRO + Radeon RX 6800 XT SE.
The latter differs from the usual version of Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 6800 XT by the presence of additional RGB lighting for the fans, as well as a USB Type-C connector, which, we recall, is present in the reference versions of Radeon RX 6000 series video cards from AMD itself.
Most likely, the Sapphire NITRO + version of the Radeon RX 6800 XT SE will also be able to offer more significant factory overclocking compared to the model without the SE suffix. However, it is still impossible to assert this with confidence, since the manufacturer, unfortunately, does not indicate the technical characteristics of its new products.
At the moment, it is known that all models are based on a GPU based on the RDNA 2 architecture, have 16 GB of GDDR6 video memory on board, use a dual BIOS and are equipped with two 8-pin additional power connectors. By the way, Sapphire recommends using a power supply unit with a capacity of 850 W or more for all video cards. The dimensions of the NITRO + Radeon RX 6800 XT (regular and SE) are 310 x 134.3 x 55.3 mm. The dimensions of the Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 6800 model are 310.5 x 134.2 x 55.2 mm.
The manufacturer has expanded the series of Sapphire PULSE graphics accelerators with the Radeon RX 6800 XT (11304-03-20G) and RX 6800 (11305-01-20G) models. Both options use the same cooling system design.
Unlike the Radeon RX 6800 XT model in the NITRO + SE version, both new PULSE series products lack a USB Type-C connector.
At the time of publication, the manufacturer did not report the presence of backlighting of any elements in these graphics accelerators. However, we can assume that at least the Sapphire logo, located at the top of the video card, has backlighting.
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