Been waiting for the price to drop since release and finally as I was looking for some other things I was notified that an item in my basket had decreased in price! Just about leapt off the couch and bought it straight away. Well packaged, fits neatly in my base unit and I’m very impressed with the specs. I use Blender on a daily basis and this renders 8 times quicker than my previous graphics card, anything that makes my life easier gets top marks!!!
It was my first time after many years that I decided to build a high end pc. I was not disappointed. There was some issues with temperatures but it seems that the fans were never working above 40%. With some manual tweaking, system is now stable and soaring into the skies.
There's a lot of misinformation regarding these cards. When the online reviews took place early 2018 the Gigabyte was pitted against the Sapphire Nitro+ and deemed not to be as good. What most people don't realise is that the version of Sapphire Nitro+ tested way back was always the Nitro+ LE version, even though a lot of reviews didn't make this clear. The LE version was soon discontinued sneakily leaving the only the normal Nitro+ available. Most people are a little disappointed when they receive the Nitro without the LED's, extra power pins and more importantly without the Vapour chamber, as according to the reviews this is what you should expect.
Nevertheless, everybody churns out repeated information that Sapphire Nitro is superior to the Gigabyte. But this is not correct. If they are comparing the actual Sapphire Nitro+ (not the Limited Edition version supplied to reviewers) then they will find very little difference in performance. Making the Gigabyte somewhat of a hidden gem and current bargain at £80-£150 less than the Sapphire Nitro. The only valid reason for the price difference is all the nonsense repeated on forums. Once people see past that then the Gigabyte should be recognised as the equal to the sapphire nitro.