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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition Radeon R9 380
Cyberpunk 2077 44% 113%
Minecraft: Dungeons 11% 64%
Call of Duty Warzone 5% 55%
Grand Theft Auto VI 60% 137%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 44% 113%
Valorant 90% 85%
Maneater 10% 33%
Phantasy Star Online 2 85% 78%
Doom Eternal 7% 58%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1% 49%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380.

The R9 390X has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 380. This results in the R9 390X providing 78 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 390X has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R9 380. This results in the R9 390X providing 36.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition and the Radeon R9 380 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 R9 390X has 6144 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 380, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 390X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390X has 208 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390X is massively better than the Radeon R9 380.

The Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390X is 2537 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 380 is 1478. The R9 390X having 1059 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 390X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 380.

The Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 390X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 380. The R9 390X requires 185 Watts more than the Radeon R9 380 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 380.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1060 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada XTGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.3
2560x1440
7.7
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6.2
3840x2160
5.9
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4.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs176GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs71%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs112
Texture Rate186.6 GTexel/svs108.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate67.8 GPixel/svs31 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390X, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1060MHz, instead of 1050MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
Tri-X cooler Features dual ball bearings in each of the three fans for higher reliability and enhanced Intelligent Fan Control (IFC-II) which turns off the fans for silent operation under light load.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Significant Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390X 8GB.
Overview
Radeon R9 380 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) 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 Antigua PRO which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is Clocked at 950MHz.

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.

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 2GB is essentially a faster Radeon R9 285 2GB and competes with GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Its release Price of $199 doesn't make it a very competitive Graphics Card because it matches GeForce GTX 960 2GB (also available for $199) but has significant less overclock potential, heats more and requires more energy to power up.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 380 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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