Radeon_R9_380X
AMD Radeon R9 380X

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

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

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 380X get on latest AAA 2019 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 282 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a strong frame rate from FIFA 20 with 102 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Borderlands 3 which returns a weak 17 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order which we saw getting a weak 0 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 380X by playing FIFA 20 which yielded a good performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 176FPS, M: 146FPS, H: 107FPS, U: 78FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Borderlands 3 and that was weak. This graphics card delivered 13 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order which gets weak results with a 0FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 380X is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380X in your PC? This Radeon R9 380X card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 380X? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon R9 380X? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, as it can run 897 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 97% increased graphics performance. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 380X would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which meets 668 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 44% better performance.
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The Radeon R9 380X was released on 19 Nov 2015

Radeon R9 380X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
GCN 1.2 Antigua XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
124 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
31 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
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$229.00
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Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1425 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
182.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
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0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
970 MHz
Power
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190 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
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Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 380X Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 380X 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.


Architecture
Radeon R9 380X equips the GPU Codenamed Antigua XT which is a GCN 1.2 GPU and has 32 Compute Units activated, offering 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.


GPU
The Central Unit is Clocked at 970MHz.


Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1425MHz.


Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB.


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


Performance
Essentially, Radeon R9 380X is a Power Optimized Radeon R9 280X. As of November 2015, Radeon R9 380X has no Direct Competitor because the awaited GeForce GTX 960 Ti is yet to be released.
Benchmarks Indicate Solid Performance at 1440p but Radeon R9 380X is still best suited for 1080p Gaming, as most modern demanding games will run with FPS ranging between 20 and 40 at 1440p.


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


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Radeon R9 380X vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 16% 47%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 21% 47%
Halo: Reach 79% 53%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 73% 101%
Borderlands 3 5% 55%
Cyberpunk 2077 10% 101%
FIFA 20 43% 22%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 94% 33%
eFootball PES 2020 29% 0%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 58% 69%
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Will this card run on Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard ?

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yes and you can crossfire it :)

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Oh thanks man, I was getting worried that I couldn't run it on this motherboard because the card needs PCI 3.0 and I don't know if my motherboard has that slot

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It is backwards compatible with PCI 2.0 with minimal performance loss. Minimal being 0.01% lol

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I'm thinking of buying the AMD Radeon R9 380X Sapphire Nitro OC 4GB DDR5 and replacing my GTX 650 and with that change, what do you think of my rig ?

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great, good choice.

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I see that you too have that rig, so how is it holding up with the new games like WItcher 3, AC Unity, Black Ops 3 ?

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BlOps 3 before the Cap I got 100fps+ at my resolution.
Witcher 3 at 1680x1050 maxed out no Hairworks though, with great fps, though I still have some input lag and it crashes on two maps.
AC Unity ran amazingly really well at 1680x1050 maxed out, though there are some areas where it's not as good.

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the crashes are in black ops3, my comment got butcherd, cuz I was on a phone.

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But still, you are satisfied with your rig ?

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can't ask for more(at my resolution and even 1440p) in terms of gaming, 3d model rendering and multitasking, especially for how little my PC actually costed me, but I will most-likely upgrade when Zen comes out if the price is right.

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Depends. What is your PSU? GTX 650 Requires very few Power.

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My PSU is Njoy 600WRX. Is it good enough ?

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If what google says it's true, it has 2 12V Rails delivering 22A each. Though not the best configuration, it is certainly enough for Radeon R9 380X.

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Ok then, all in all what's your opinion on my rig ? With the R9 380x 4GB

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Well, GeForce GTX 650 is not suited for 1080p Gaming.
Your Processor is Quite Good but lacks Power in Games which High Performance Per Core is needed.
I would say that upgrading to this Graphics Card keep the rest unchanged is an excellent idea.

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I meant the rig with the R9 380x but still you think I"ll be "safe and sound" for at least 2-3 years before I need to replace some of the components ?

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I can't say for sure.
I believe the 4GB of Video RAM Radeon R9 380X offer some future proof for Texturing Purposes.
However, it seems like next Year AMD is finally letting to of the overused Graphics Core Next Architecture.
More and more Game Developers work with AMD and NVIDIA to come up with Realistic Visuals that require Proper Driver Development.
Now, I am not saying AMD is letting go of Driver Updates for GCN Graphics Card when the New Architecture starts being used, but the Performance Improvement Focus will be for the latter.
Thus, in such a time like this, perhaps the best decision is to wait for Next Gen Graphics Cards which are not only more powerful, but also more efficient and will get all the juicy support.

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I ordered the Sapphire Nitro version of this card just a couple days ago. It's going to replace my R9 285 which I'm selling to a friend to replace his aging 7850. Even though it's a very small upgrade, I couldn't pass it up for just $50 (after selling the 285). Tonga is a great chip and still surprises me with what it can pull off with it's somewhat modest specs.

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for 50$ it's worth every penny buddy. :)
Also Tonga has the best Tesselation engines from AMD(along side with the Fury and Fury X) and it has lossless delta color compression just like the gtx 900 series and Fury and Fury X.

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Nice, great job :D

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Will my i3 6100 bottleneck this card??

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nop… it will be better with i5 but you wont feel any difference with your i3.

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It will in some CPU Demanding Games but I believe you will be fine for most of the Games out there as the Graphics Card itself is not too powerful. It's essentially a power optimized Radeon R9 280X which is a renamed Radeon HD 7970 so we are talking about 2011 Horsepower here :)

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thanks man

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well my Gpu shows itself better than r9 380x . i thought new 380x would be better than r9 280x , but anyways maybe it is because my tri-x oc is pretty strong edition? price is good and it is straight enemy of GTX 960 which cost - same price

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same price and lower perfomance , so if anybody wants to buy gtx 960 , hold on and pick this buddy . anyways i got mine r9 280x for about - 150 $ and it was fresh new :3

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would this be a good match for my cpu or should i think about getting a r9 390?

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You cpu is fine for either the 390 or 380x

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ok good thanks

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will the FX-63000 bottleneck?

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no it will not

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thanks

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Update (19/11/2015): This Graphics Card is now correctly ranked and updated!

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It says that it doesn't have displayport.

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fixed, thank you :D

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np :)

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It says my gpu is better, but when i look the benchmarks it seems it performes worse, it says on 1080p witcher 3 over 60 fps, i barely go to 60 mostly 50-55. :/

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Your Graphics Card is still better than Radeon R9 380X.

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Looks brilliant, I've been trying to decide whether I can afford to go for a 970 over a 960 - this might just give the performance boost I need at only -£5 more then the 4GB 960. It'll require a new PSU but I was going to get a new one anyway.

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Hmm, I don't know if its going to much better… The thing about the 960 is that at stock isn't "wow so amazing!" but since its a maxwell GPU, you can overclock it really well for good fps boost (my case 10 to 17 fps) in some games.


That's my only problem with the AMD gpus, they are really good but have poor OC.

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I think I'll make my decision once the official specifications are released for the third party variations. I've never been much for OC'ing since my current CPU and GPU are rubbish for it but I would like having a card that can handle overclocking. We should be seeing the Gigabyte, ASUS and XFX cards appear over the next few days so we'll see how they come out and what benchmarks they produce.

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