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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 47%
Genshin Impact 62% 61%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 19%
FIFA 21 18% 19%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 55%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 65% 63%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 52%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 132% 130%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 42%

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

The R9 380 has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the R9 380. This results in the R9 380 providing 2.2 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 380 has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 0.6 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 380 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is marginally better than the R9 380.

Both the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition have 1792 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the R9 380 has 2.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 0.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the R9 380 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the R9 380 takes the edge.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 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 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1450 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs185.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs green tick 768 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%vs73%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs112
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs112 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs32 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 & 33 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 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.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
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