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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Radeon R9 360 (OEM)
Resident Evil 8 111% 320%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 354%
Battlefield 6 111% 320%
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition 165% 427%
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 111% 320%
Far Cry 6 135% 367%
Biomutant 75% 249%
Days Gone 54% 206%
Star Citizen 42% 183%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Wrath of the Druids 48% 195%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 360 (OEM).

The R9 360 has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 360. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 61.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 360. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 360 has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R9 360. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 15.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 360. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 380 was released less than a year after the R9 360, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The R9 380 has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 360, 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 84.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 360, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is much better than the R9 360.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 360 (OEM) has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the R9 360 is 685. The R9 380 having 808 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 R9 360.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 360 (OEM) requires 85 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 R9 360. The R9 380 requires 105 Watts more than the R9 360 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 360.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1050 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.1 Tobago PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs07 May 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1625 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs104GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs768
Actual Shader Performance72%vs33%
Texture Mapping Units112vs48
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs2

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs85 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Radeon R9 360 (OEM) is an OEM only, Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU codenamed Tobago PRO which is essentially a cut-down version of the Bonaire XTX GPU previously used on Radeon R7 260X. It offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1625MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 85W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connectors.

Radeon R9 360 (OEM) is a cut-down power optimized Radeon R7 260X. Therefore, its performance stands somewhere between Radeon R7 260X and the weaker Radeon R7 260.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Strong Dual Core Processor (Intel Core i3 Quad Core/AMD FX Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 360 (OEM).
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