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February 04, 2017, 10:48:28 PM
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Hi!

I would like to know, which RX 480 models are O.K for mining?
There are large differences in prices in our country, for instance Gigabyte RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming costs 230 Euros, while the Sapphire nitro+ 8GB costs 300+

Is there a big difference in 4 or 8 Gb ram? The price is quite high with 8 gigs and i dont know if its realy worth it?

Anyway, the Gigabyte G1 models are the cheapest among 4 and 8 gig models, is this a good one?

Thanks for the help guys  Wink
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February 04, 2017, 10:53:49 PM
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Hi!

I would like to know, which RX 480 models are O.K for mining?
There are large differences in prices in our country, for instance Gigabyte RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming costs 230 Euros, while the Sapphire nitro+ 8GB costs 300+

Is there a big difference in 4 or 8 Gb ram? The price is quite high with 8 gigs and i dont know if its realy worth it?

Anyway, the Gigabyte G1 models are the cheapest among 4 and 8 gig models, is this a good one?

Thanks for the help guys  Wink


Cheapest 8Gb in your country
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February 04, 2017, 11:26:07 PM
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Hi!

I would like to know, which RX 480 models are O.K for mining?
There are large differences in prices in our country, for instance Gigabyte RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming costs 230 Euros, while the Sapphire nitro+ 8GB costs 300+

Is there a big difference in 4 or 8 Gb ram? The price is quite high with 8 gigs and i dont know if its realy worth it?

Anyway, the Gigabyte G1 models are the cheapest among 4 and 8 gig models, is this a good one?

Thanks for the help guys  Wink


RX 480 with 8gb of RAM does have a bit faster memory speed, but since price difference in your country is that high I would say to go for 4gb since performance increase isn't really worth it. About cooling, Nitro cards have better cooling but again, since price difference is 70 euro just go for G1
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February 05, 2017, 09:17:45 AM
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So the 4Gb will be enough for a year or two?
Im thinking also, what if things go sour on us, and we have to sell the cards, 8Gb will have a higher resell value and its more future proof for gamers Smiley

Im also scared of modifying the bios, im pretty sure that it will void the warranty, is that true?


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February 05, 2017, 11:17:46 AM
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So the 4Gb will be enough for a year or two?
Im thinking also, what if things go sour on us, and we have to sell the cards, 8Gb will have a higher resell value and its more future proof for gamers Smiley

Im also scared of modifying the bios, im pretty sure that it will void the warranty, is that true?




4gb will be enough. There are no games that require more than 4gb of memory in order to be played so you are good there too. Yeah you will lose warranty, but before modifying you should always backup the original bios in case something goes wrong or you need to put it back up again later
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February 05, 2017, 12:50:09 PM
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The Sapphire, Nitro+ are the best one both in gaming and mining from the RX 480 version. Also after them comes MSI brand with their dragon Logo which is the best version of them. Then comes the G1 Gaming versions of the Gigabyte brand.

I would say go definitely for Sapphire the 8GB version although is 70 Euro more expensive as in the end it will be more than worth it , specifically for specific coins like Zcash.

If money for you is a problem then go for the cheapest version of the 8GB card in your country.
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February 05, 2017, 01:10:49 PM
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Go for Sapphire nitro 480 either 4gb or 8gb choice is yours depends on your budget
But Sapphire Rx 480 Nitro  Wink
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February 05, 2017, 02:29:30 PM
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The Gigabyte G1 RX 480 is one of the shittiest RX 480 you can get.
It's the pinnacle of crap VRMs on a modern-day GPU (worse than reference), only slightly better than the Powercolor Red Devil which is even crappier.
Get the cheapest XFX or Sapphire you can find, those are the highest quality implementations. (slightly behind Asus Strix but that is expensive)
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February 06, 2017, 06:51:02 AM
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The Sapphire, Nitro+ are the best one both in gaming and mining from the RX 480 version. Also after them comes MSI brand with their dragon Logo which is the best version of them. Then comes the G1 Gaming versions of the Gigabyte brand.

I would say go definitely for Sapphire the 8GB version although is 70 Euro more expensive as in the end it will be more than worth it , specifically for specific coins like Zcash.

If money for you is a problem then go for the cheapest version of the 8GB card in your country.

Is the MSI the Gaming X version?

This one: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_rx_480_gaming_x_review,1.html ??

Because those are a lot cheaper than the Nitro+ that costs 310 eur heh.
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February 19, 2017, 12:28:20 PM
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I would recommend XFX 8GB RX480 GTR Black Edition. They are extremely overclocked, have dual bios and a good cooling system with their black metal plate at the backside. I am happy with these cards.

keep mining or die trying
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February 19, 2017, 08:07:04 PM
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The Gigabyte G1 RX 480 is one of the shittiest RX 480 you can get.
It's the pinnacle of crap VRMs on a modern-day GPU (worse than reference), only slightly better than the Powercolor Red Devil which is even crappier.
Get the cheapest XFX or Sapphire you can find, those are the highest quality implementations. (slightly behind Asus Strix but that is expensive)

XFX RS has even crappier VRMs than Gigabyte, only the GTR has good VRMs.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/565e70/xfx_radeon_rx_480_rs_pcb_photos/

MSI Gaming and reference (if noise is a non issue) are good as well.
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February 20, 2017, 12:22:50 AM
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Who has the XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition 8Gb? How it's memory overclocking?

I'm selecting 480 with 8Gb... And now my choise is Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ 8Gb (11260-07-20G) or XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition 8Gb.

Any help with choise? Most important criteries is low temperature, 24/7 work in mining, long life...

P.S. Who knows difference between XFX 480 GTR Black Edition and XFX 480 GTR TripleX?
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February 20, 2017, 12:38:54 AM
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For mining cards:
masive cooler!
VRM cooler to cool it down under 75C at all times
memory cooler!!!!!!!

So far about AMD RX crap, I only know that Nitro + have main cooler on both memory and VRM, MSI is crap and most other also, there are many cases of blow VRM!

you can not put small plate over VRM and call it a cooler for sure not for mining!

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February 20, 2017, 03:25:53 AM
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Well Nitro+ is the best in the class for sure.

You also need to consider that you need a dual BIOS switch. Flashing BIOS on Polaris cards are very common nowadays. Why omit free 15-20% boost with just replace the BIOS.

Nitro+ has also unlocked voltage control, 1x8 pin (I would bypass the 6 pin versions), nice cooling VRM, good support from Sapphire, etc.

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February 20, 2017, 05:42:23 AM
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Go for the Sapphire Nitro. It's the best quality price ratio you can get.
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February 20, 2017, 11:26:04 AM
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Yap, im going for Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ 8GB.
Costs almost the same as the XFX GTR anyways.

But, its a very expensive card, can't get them lower as 270e each and that hurts  Cool
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February 20, 2017, 04:48:16 PM
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what about this one?
I plan to buy 3-4 more, it's not nitro +, but... what's difference?  it's about 274 $

https://www.computeruniverse.net/en/products/90681939/sapphire-radeon-rx-480-nitro.asp
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February 20, 2017, 07:29:02 PM
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what about this one?
I plan to buy 3-4 more, it's not nitro +, but... what's difference?  it's about 274 $

https://www.computeruniverse.net/en/products/90681939/sapphire-radeon-rx-480-nitro.asp

1 BIOS vs 2 bios Nitro+
7000MHz memory vs 8000MHz Nitro+

8Gb memory with speed of 4Gb cards. Thats why it have this prize.
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February 20, 2017, 07:35:30 PM
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I used this gpu with edit bios  29-30MH for ether
Sapphire RX 480 8GB Reference Samsung
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February 20, 2017, 08:10:50 PM
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what about this one?
I plan to buy 3-4 more, it's not nitro +, but... what's difference?  it's about 274 $

https://www.computeruniverse.net/en/products/90681939/sapphire-radeon-rx-480-nitro.asp

You have those even cheaper on Mindfactory: http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/8GB-Sapphire-Radeon-RX-480-Nitro-8G-D5-OC-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Retail-_1139653.html
But the lack of Second bios and low speed memory isn't worth it.
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