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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 29%
Genshin Impact 62% 41%
FIFA 21 18% 29%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 36%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 29%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 65% 44%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 25%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 132% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The GTX 960 Ti has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960 Ti. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 960 Ti has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the GTX 960 Ti providing 35.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 Ti was released less than a year after the R9 380, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 380 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960 Ti, 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 GTX 960 Ti has 35.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 Ti is noticeably better than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 Ti is 1809. The GTX 960 Ti having 316 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 Ti delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 960 Ti. The R9 380 requires 50 Watts more than the GTX 960 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1178 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROMaxwell GM204-200-KD
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs31 Oct 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs -
1920x1080
8.4
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8.9
2560x1440
6.2
green tick vs -
3840x2160
4.6
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1536
Actual Shader Performance72%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs96
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs100.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs67.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, 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
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB is an upcoming high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-KD which has 12 SM activated and thus offers 1536 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 140W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Coming Soon!

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB.
Recommended CPU
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