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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Radeon R9 380 (OEM)
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 75%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 61%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 65% 80%
Genshin Impact 62% 77%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 11%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 132% 153%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 70%
FIFA 21 18% 11%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 67%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 56%

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

The R9 380 has a 62 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the R9 380. This results in the R9 380 providing 7 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 62 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 2 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 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 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 380 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 380 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is slightly better than the R9 380.

Both the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) have 1792 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the R9 380 is 1493 and by the R9 380 is 1398. Knowing that the shader performance of the R9 380 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs918 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.2 Tonga PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs07 May 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.4
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8.1
2560x1440
6.2
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6
3840x2160
4.6
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4.4

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs176GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1792
Actual Shader Performance72%vs67%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs112
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs102.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs29.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
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
Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is an OEM only, Performance Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture.

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.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Tonga PRO which is essentially a cut-down version of the Tahiti PRO GPU previously used on Radeon HD 7950. It offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 918MHz.

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 1375MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.

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

Performance
Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is a direct rebrand of Radeon R9 285. Therefore, it offers exactly the same performance.
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is almost as fast as GeForce GTX 670 and surpasses GeForce GTX 760 considerably.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 380 (OEM).
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