Under normal circumstances, this is the portion of the review where I would give you my honest assessment of whether or not the Sapphire NITRO+ RX Vega 64 Limited Edition is worth buying. This card has a suggested retail price of $660, which seemed almost lavish in the face of the $499 SRP of the air-cooled RX Vega 64s back at launch. But as I’m writing this, no RX Vega 64 can be found –from any vendor– for even remotely close to its suggested retail price. If you do manage to stumble upon a retail listing for this card at $660, my recommendation today is to buy it instantly. The chances of that happening, however, seem slim.
Just how limited is this card? According to my contact, Sapphire is using the word “limited” in the traditional sense. This is a limited run, Sapphire is only planning on making a set number. The good news is, Sapphire’s NITRO+ RX Vega 56 uses the exact same cooler and should be available in more attainable quantities. As I’m writing this, there’s an Amazon.com listing for this card at $950. That said, I would be surprised if, by the time you’re reading this, that card hasn’t already been snatched up, either by a miner with deep pockets or a gamer who’s sick of waiting for prices to drop. Could Sapphire decide tomorrow that the NITRO+ RX Vega 64 has earned itself a second run? Of course, and I truly hope this happens. But you can’t run Crysis on hope.
I love this card for high frame rate gaming on a 1440p monitor. It’s got the muscle to hang at 4K, with titles such as DOOM, HITMAN, Battlefield 1, and (of course) Overwatch churning out 60fps or better, and you can add GTAV to the list if you dial its settings back to High. The card also runs quiet, stays cool, and looks fantastic.
Given the impressive build quality of Sapphire’s custom PCB and overkill cooler, I’d have no trouble rescuing one of these from the mines if the opportunity presented itself; if there’s one card out there that could take running flat-out for months on end without suffering any lasting ill effects, this is it.