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On second thought I don't really think you can go wrong with the Nitro... The cooler feels cheap due to the plastic body, but, the PCB is more than fine, the heatsink itself is good as well, and the fans are good/quiet enough and are easily replaceable if there's something wrong. The Dual Bios and LED are nice additions too. The MSI might be better, but it's not as if it's a total failure either. That category is for the Red Devil.
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On second thought I don't really think you can go wrong with the Nitro... The cooler feels cheap due to the plastic body, but, the PCB is more than fine, the heatsink itself is good as well, and the fans are good/quiet enough and are easily replaceable if there's something wrong. The Dual Bios and LED are nice additions too. The MSI might be better, but it's not as if it's a total failure either. That category is for the Red Devil.

Does any of the manufacturers use an aluminum backplate? Or did everyone take the backplate fad too far and cheapened it out with a plastic backplate like Gigabyte to make it look "premium" and super cool looking, yet does nothing?

I can't remember the last time a card actually had an AL backplate.
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Too bad my eyes are locked on RX 480 Nitro+ 4gb as that's the best valued card available. I would probably go with XFX GTR 8gb as it fits my black and white theme.

If the 390X series are any indication of quality on the RX480's I would say they should be at least as good as the MSI versions. At the end of its product life XFX 390x cards were about the best clockers out there. I had four of them (now only two) and all could do over 1220/1725 core/memory. Just a thought.
     
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Does any of the manufacturers use an aluminum backplate? Or did everyone take the backplate fad too far and cheapened it out with a plastic backplate like Gigabyte to make it look "premium" and super cool looking, yet does nothing?

I can't remember the last time a card actually had an AL backplate.
The Nitro claims to use an aluminum backplate... See here;

http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/480-8.html#design
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The Nitro claims to use an aluminum backplate... See here;

http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/480-8.html#design

Having owned one, I can't say that is aluminum. Felt like plastic and sounded like plastic.
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Having owned one, I can't say that is aluminum. Felt like plastic and sounded like plastic.

Not a surprise.

It seemed all the partners took a chopping block to the real retail version of cards before they got to retail. The nitro lost some power circuitry and MSI literally removed a third of its phases and its obvious by the empty spots on the PCB. And gigabyte and power devil went super cheap on the PCB compared to the reference.
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Decided to go with the 1060 - got a killer deal on one and it's a small form factor that I was working with - so heat could potentially would be an issue so I went with the cooler running card. Thanks for all the help
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Not a surprise.

It seemed all the partners took a chopping block to the real retail version of cards before they got to retail. The nitro lost some power circuitry and MSI literally removed a third of its phases and its obvious by the empty spots on the PCB. And gigabyte and power devil went super cheap on the PCB compared to the reference.
To be fair, even though the Nitro card physically had six power phases, the sixth one was already disabled in the BIOS on all final cards, including review cards. So even though you're physically getting a five phase card, it will not perform differently from the ones that had six phases.
Edited by NightAntilli - 10/6/16 at 10:52am
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Having owned one, I can't say that is aluminum. Felt like plastic and sounded like plastic.

Well the 480 Nitro+ I have in my MSI build... the backplate is most definitely not plastic and is some sort of metal. I would assume it's aluminum but it's not like I can say for sure. Opposed to the fan shroud which is obviously plastic.

The card goes well with my MSI Titanium color scheme due to the back plate.

I don't know why it feels cheap to some... The only thing that bothers me is when I have to handle it my fingers end up in the fans too easily. The fans feel like they would be easy to damage (the only cheap feel I get from the card) and it seems to weigh a decent amount (more than I would expect looking at it).

Perhaps there is some variance in manufacturing.. I don't know.

I have an Asus Strix version as well, but I haven't tried that yet... because it's long enough that it won't fit in that case with the Radiator I currently have in the front.
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Having owned one, I can't say that is aluminum. Felt like plastic and sounded like plastic.

The RX 470 Platinum backplate is definitely aluminum, it probably feels like plastic because of the thick paint and the fact that it is a cheaply done casting.

Just get a razor and scratch it deeply in a non-obvious location to check.
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