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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 (OEM) Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Red Dead Redemption 2 67% 75%
Halo: Reach 47% 44%
Cyberpunk 2077 130% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 67% 75%
Doom Eternal 44% 51%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 130% 141%
Grand Theft Auto VI 155% 168%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 3% 8%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 130% 141%
Need For Speed Heat 67% 75%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 (OEM) are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM).

The R9 380 has a 68 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 8950. This results in the R9 380 providing 7.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 380 has a 68 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 2.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 380 was released over a year more recently than the HD 8950, and so the R9 380 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 8950.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The HD 8950 has 1024 MB more video memory than the R9 380, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 8950 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8950 is much better than the R9 380.

Both the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) have 1792 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 8950 is 1658 and by the R9 380 is 1658. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 8950 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon R9 380 (OEM) requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The HD 8950 requires 10 Watts more than the R9 380 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 8950 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 380.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed918 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs925 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Tonga PROGCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date07 May 2015vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.7
1920x1080
8.1
green tick vs
7.8
2560x1440
6
green tick vs
5.8
3840x2160
4.4
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1375 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth176GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1792
Actual Shader Performance67%vs80%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs112
Texture Rate102.8 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.4 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is an OEM only, Performance Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.2 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture improves memory bandwidth performance which allows AMD to produce Graphics Cards with smaller data transfer rates without causing too much impact on the overall performance. This is done by using lossless delta color compression.
GCN 1.2 also adds improved Tesselation and video encoding/decoding performance as well as DirectX 12.0 Support.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Tonga PRO which is essentially a cut-down version of the Tahiti PRO GPU previously used on Radeon HD 7950. It offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 918MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1375MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 190W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is a direct rebrand of Radeon R9 285. Therefore, it offers exactly the same performance.
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is almost as fast as GeForce GTX 670 and surpasses GeForce GTX 760 considerably.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 380 (OEM).
Overview
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti PRO2 which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 200W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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