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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 5%
Hitman 3 113% 36%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 50% 4%
The Medium 104% 31%
Resident Evil 8 64% 5%
FIFA 21 17% 47%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 130% 47%
Genshin Impact 64% 5%
Far Cry 6 137% 52%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 380. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 109 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R9 380. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R9 380 has a 120 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R9 380. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 23.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R9 380. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 380 was released over a year more recently than the R9 280X, and so the Radeon R9 380 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 280X.

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 280X has 4096 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 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 400 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the Radeon R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 380 is 1478. The R9 280X having 2618 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 380 and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 360 Watts more than the Radeon R9 380 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X 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 Speed970 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1000 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1375 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth176GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs4096
Actual Shader Performance71%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units112vs256
Texture Rate108.6 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate31 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs550 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

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.

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.

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.
Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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