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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 54% 158%
Cyberpunk 2077 111% 254%
Doom Eternal 32% 122%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 54% 158%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 5% 59%
Halo: Reach 51% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 111% 254%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 111% 254%
Grand Theft Auto VI 135% 294%
Need For Speed Heat 54% 158%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition.

The R9 380 has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7850. This results in the R9 380 providing 54.8 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 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 3.9 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 three years more recently than the HD 7850, and so the R9 380 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7850 when running the latest games.

The R9 380 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 380 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 380 has 28.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7850, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is slightly better than the HD 7850.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749. The R9 380 having 744 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 380 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7850.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition. 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 7850. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs01 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs
8.3
1920x1080
8.4
green tick vs
6.4
2560x1440
6.2
green tick vs
4.7
3840x2160
4.6
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2.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1024
Actual Shader Performance72%vs36%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs64
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs55 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs27.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This edition features a special cooling system that allows twice as much heat dissipation when compared to the reference AMD cooling system but its performance is still the same, as there's no over-clocking out of the box.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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