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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Radeon R9 Nano 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 3%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 0%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 43% 8%
Genshin Impact 62% 4%
FIFA 21 18% 48%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 8%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 48%
Ghostrunner 43% 8%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 54% 2%

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

The R9 Nano has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed and 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. This results in the R9 Nano providing 146.2 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 Nano has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the R9 Nano providing 32.6 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 Nano 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 Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 Nano 4GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 Nano has 323.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the R9 Nano is massively better than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 Nano 4GB has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the R9 Nano is 3482. The R9 Nano having 1989 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 Nano delivers a massively 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 Radeon R9 Nano 4GB requires 175 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 Nano. The R9 380 requires 15 Watts more than the R9 Nano to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 380 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 Nano.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.2 Fiji XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs27 Aug 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
8.4
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
6.2
vs green tick
8
3840x2160
4.6
vs green tick
6.1

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs4096 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsHBM-1
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs512GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs4096
Actual Shader Performance72%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs256
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs256 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs175 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 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 i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs3840x2160

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 Nano 4GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The Fiji is a Second Generation GCN GPU. It offers support for HBM-1 Memory, DirectX 12.0, Open GL 4.5 and the acclaimed Delta Compression Algorithm which may decrease bandwidth consumption by up to 30%, in most games.
Fiji XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM-1 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 4096-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, and because the GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming, 4GB might be a bottlenecked and Performance could be better, were the Frame Buffer larger.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 175W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
Because the Central Unit's Speed varies from game to game, performance depends heavily on the game being played.
Overall, expect performance similar to GeForce GTX 980 at 1080p and close to Radeon Fury in 1440p and 3K.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 Nano 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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