AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB review

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AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB
Surprizingly good mainstream performance at a nice price

In this review we look at the the new AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB. In the 260 EURO range Thus puppy is rendering your games at very nice performance, even in the WQHD 2560x1440 range. And all that at a very reasonable price as well. With 4GB as standard for graphics memory you can game with decent image quality settings as well. Follow us into this review where we'll look at temperatures, noise, performance and go with the latest game titles on the globe.

The Radeon R9 380X graphics cards will be made available in 4 GB versions, you will also spot both reference and slightly tweaked SKUs. The GPU used in thus puppy is based off Tonga which you know from the Radeon R9 285 (these days called Antigua Pro aka Radeon R9 380). This GPU used here is Antigua XT and is a fully utilized (enabled) version of the GPU, meaning that this GPU will have more shader processors available. Made on the 28nm node from Global Foundries it features the latest architectural improvements with decent power efficiency. The GPU retains technologies of the Radeon GCN lineup such as DirectX 12, FreeSync and XDMA for CrossFire support. The GPU has 2048 shader processors running over 32 ROPs with 112 texture memory units. The initial consumer graphics card based on Antigua Pro is the Radeon R9 380 with 1792 activated stream processors, the Antigua XT for the Radeon R9 380X that we review today is the same GPU again with 32 shader clusters opened up, and that is 32x64= 2048 active shader processors. The reference cards will have two 6-pin power PEG (PCI Express Graphics) headers to give the tweaking experience a little more room next to the 4+2 PWM phase power design. Overall a very decent card to play the latest games with whilst offering a good memory size versus good price in the 1920x1080 and even 2560x1440P monitor resolutions. 

In this review we peek at a custom OC model of the Radeon R9 380X, these are 70 MHz clocked faster compared to the reference clock of 970 MHz. Almost all custom boards get a silent dual-fan cooler, customized PCB and that tiny factory overclock at ~1040 MHz on the GPU core clock frequency with 1500 Mhz (6000 MHz effective data-rate) on this particular model from Sapphire with 4 GB GDDR5 memory. Head over to the next page where we'll start-up a photo-shoot first though.


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