Power and Temperature

To test the power and temperature we perform a manual run-through in Cyberpunk 2077 at “Ultra” settings for real-world in-game data.  We use GPUz sensor data to record the results.  We report on the GPUz sensor data for “Board Power” and “GPU Chip Power” when available for our Wattage data. 

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING OC gpu chip power draw graph

The SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING OC video card consumes a higher GPU Chip Power Draw than even the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. Overclocking the video card increases the GPU Chip Power Draw by 4%. For comparison, the GPU Chip Power Draw on a reference AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT video card is 187W. Therefore the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ at default has a 5% higher GPU Chip Power Draw compared to the reference card. The factory overclock on this video card is the answer as to why it is slightly higher.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING OC gpu temperature graph

Temperature is a strong point of the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING OC video card. Its cooler does a wonderful job at keeping the GPU cool under full load. The default GPU temperature at full load was 68c. For comparison, a reference Radeon RX 6700 XT video card runs the GPU at 76c. That’s a full 11% reduction in GPU temperature with the custom cooler on the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6700 XT OC video card. This 68c temperature is also cooler than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE and RTX 3060 Ti FE.

When we overclocked the video card we used a 100% fan speed. At this fan speed and with the overclock temps were only 51c, which is just extremely cool. You do not need 100% fan speed to make this overclock stable. In fact, you can just leave the fan on automatic and not even touch them, temperatures will still be in the lower 70’s and running cooler than the reference AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT video card, even while overclocked.

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Brent Justice

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5 Comments

  1. Nice to see the Nitro+ design still going strong (one of my favourite Radeon aib models).

  2. The question is if this card is worth the current $1100 asking price. I had the … opportunity .. of winning one of these on The Shuffle, I declined to purchase at that price.

    Although, it’s the only thing I’ve ever won on The Shuffle, so maybe I should have took what I could get, but I don’t think I’ll be too sorry letting it pass.

  3. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 36074, member: 96″]
    The question is if this card is worth the current $1100 asking price. I had the … opportunity .. of winning one of these on The Shuffle, I declined to purchase at that price.

    Although, it’s the only thing I’ve ever won on The Shuffle, so maybe I should have took what I could get, but I don’t think I’ll be too sorry letting it pass.
    [/QUOTE]

    Yeah, doesn’t matter how good of a model it it – it’s still a 6700 XT and nowhere near worth $1100.

  4. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 36074, member: 96″]
    The question is if this card is worth the current $1100 asking price. I had the … opportunity .. of winning one of these on The Shuffle, I declined to purchase at that price.

    Although, it’s the only thing I’ve ever won on The Shuffle, so maybe I should have took what I could get, but I don’t think I’ll be too sorry letting it pass.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’d say no. the 3070 beats this card out every time (just about) and can be had on the shuffle for much less..

    Now, I just need to win the shuffle… Still trying..

  5. I’m just wondering how big the earplugs Brent had to use to be in the same room as that thing on full tilt 😳

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