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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 178%
Hitman 3 109% 262%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 47% 154%
Resident Evil 8 61% 178%
FIFA 21 19% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 126% 291%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 42% 146%
Genshin Impact 61% 178%
The Medium 100% 247%
Far Cry 6 132% 302%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition.

The R9 380 has a 350 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the R9 380 providing 75.6 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 350 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R9 380 manages to provide 6 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 GTX 470, 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 GTX 470 when running the latest games.

The R9 380 has 2816 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, 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 49.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is noticeably better than the GTX 470.

The Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1523 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582. The R9 380 having 941 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 GTX 470.

The R9 380 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the R9 380 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470.

The Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470. The GTX 470 requires 25 Watts more than the R9 380 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 470 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 380.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROFermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs01 Jun 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1450 MHzvs850 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth185.6GB/secvs136GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 640 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs448
Actual Shader Performance73%vs28%
Texture Mapping Units112vs56
Texture Rate112 GTexel/svs36.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate32 GPixel/svs26 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1000MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1450MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

Cooling Solution
MSIís Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you there's a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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