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Sapphire Readies Custom Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT

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Sapphire Technology has posted a teaser of its upcoming custom Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card. The board is equipped with a rather remarkable cooling system that promises to enable higher-than-AMD-recommended frequencies out-of-box as well as some additional overclocking potential. 

Since AMD designed a rather compelling triple-fan cooling system for its Big Navi-based family, many graphics card vendors — Sapphire included — decided to go with reference coolers and cards with their initial Radeon RX 6800/6900 offerings. But custom coolers with better performance enable makers to build factory-overclocked graphics cards that are sold at a premium, so Sapphire and its rivals are eager to bring them to market. 

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card comes with a rather interesting 2.5-wide or even 3-wide cooler that that has three fans of different sizes. One of the fans looks particularly larger than two others. The powerful custom cooling system almost certainly means a custom PCB with an enhanced VRM too, so expect Sapphire's Nitro+ RX 6800 XT to offer increased stock clocks along with some additional overclocking potential. 

(Image credit: Sapphire)

Unfortunately, Sapphire did not disclose when it plans to release its Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT as well as its out-of-box frequencies. Though, it is reasonable to expect this card to arrive in the coming weeks. 

The Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT certainly looks impressive and could easily feature one of the most advanced air-cooling solutions around. In the meantime, it remains to be seen what Sapphire has for its top-of-the-range Radeon RX 6900 XT offering up its sleeve.  

Back in the day Sapphire was one of ATI's (and then AMD's) key graphics cards partners and had a very special treatment, so the company experimented with off-the-shelf cooling solutions quite often. It was first with a 'liquid metal'-based cooler in 2005, then it was first to offer a stock liquid cooling system with a graphics card in 2006, and then it was first to offer a vapor chamber cooler in 2008. I

Anton Shilov
Anton Shilov

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.