Radeon_R9_380
AMD Radeon R9 380

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How well can the Radeon R9 380 run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

One of the more powerful mid range graphics cards, the Radeon R9 380 might struggle sometimes with the more system demanding game requirements. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2019 popular games. This short Radeon R9 380 game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 271 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 380 can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p and predict it will return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Diablo 4 is predicted to return a weak 0 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Cyberpunk 2077 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Next we have Diablo 4 running on Radeon R9 380 which is predicted to get L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order gets L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 380, this is the wrong choice for PC gaming.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380 in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 380? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 380 is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which is 104% more powerful and can run 897 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 380 is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which is 53% more powerful and can run 685 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
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The Radeon R9 380 was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 380 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
109 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
31 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
1792
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Release Price
$199.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
2048 MB
Memory Speed
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
176GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
1
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
970 MHz
Power
Max Power
190 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Resolution Performance
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Radeon R9 380 Game Requirement Analysis

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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Radeon R9 380 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 55%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 113%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 55%
Death Stranding 4% 113%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 113%
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 113%
Halo: Reach 78% 51%
Need For Speed Heat 13% 55%
Planet Zoo 17% 67%
Borderlands 3 0% 64%
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I made a video to show how the R9 380 performs on 5 different games at 1080p paired with an FX 6300. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUFSCaYp0U

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WIll my cpu bottleneck this card?

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friend there will be slightly bottleneck but still ok

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Thanks :)

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will this bottleneck my cpu

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if you mean ifs your i5-3470 is going to bottleneck r9 380 then not at all :D you could max alot games on that res with this card :)but polaris and pascal just around corner i would wait for that price will drop also on this card or you just pick r9 470

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ok thanks man

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no bottleneck friend

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why all R9 300 series(starting with R7 370) are poor overclockers? Even with big increases on mem or core clock didn't show reliable performance gains (more than 3-4%)

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not every gpu can oc well but you can gain some performance with oc of course all cards should oc 100 150mhz maybi but is true r9 200 and hd 7xxx was better overclocking cards overall

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is this GPU a good boost from mine or should i take a powerfull GPU/CPU to increase my performance?

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I would definitely recommend upgrading your CPU in the near future, especially if you want to play modern titles which leverage more than two cores.


the choice is yours, but the upgrade will be worth it. The 380 is an excellent card.

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thanks man, i brought a gigabyte GTX 660 WDF and overclocked it and i got a huge performance boost in some games over the 7850, my next step is taking a 3570K

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hd 7850 oc also well :)

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You can grab a cheap r9380x for better dx12 experience
But it will be wise to wait for amd Polaris or NVidia pascal

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in my country, R9 380x costs a price of an entire rig(U$$ 440 Oo), near of the GTX 970, that cost an equivalent to U$$ 500, its simply don't worth. i brought a used GTX 660 for an equivalent price of U$ 155 and its very cheap here (Brazil)

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Will my cpu bottleneck this card?

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looking at gameplays and benchmarks, it will bottleneck on CPU demanding games(Dying Light, AC Unity and GTA V are good examples) but not too much, your FPS will stay more than 30 anyway at 1080p maxed out in the majority of games.

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What is the best upgrade for my graphics?

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r9 285, r9 380, r9 380x if you want amd card and that is going to serve quit nice long sience your res is 900p even with 270x you should see nice bump in fps

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the r9 380 or r9 380x is the best upgrade at 1440x900, chances are that it will play games really well for years.

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can a 475W pSU handle this?

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I wouldnt do it but if it were a 475watt thats 80+ gold or platinum maybe.
just my thoughts.

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okay. and wht's up with your resolution? :-O

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as long as it has 28-32 Amps on the +12V rail, but it would be pushing it.

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I can get the 2gb version of this card for 159.99$ on amazon. Is it worth upgrading? Also how much of a bottleneck would my CPU be?

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if you have the gtx 960, it's pointless the r9 380 is only 10-12% better.

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Would this good be a good GPU for my 1600 x 900 monitor if I am aiming for high/ultra settings in recent games?

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gtx 660 is not enough for that res? also upgrading from 660 to 380 is not worth id say

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Aditrex is right … if you want improvements from 660 just go for GTX 970 or R9 380X or higher.

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