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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380X GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 101% 123%
Red Dead Redemption 2 47% 62%
Doom Eternal 26% 39%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 101% 123%
Need For Speed Heat 47% 62%
Grand Theft Auto VI 124% 148%
BeamNG.drive 19% 32%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 101% 123%
Star Citizen 19% 32%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 41% 56%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380X are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB.

The GTX 960 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 380X, but the Radeon R9 380X has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the Radeon R9 380X exhibits a 52.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960. 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 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 380X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 5.1 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 Radeon R9 380X was released less than a year after the GTX 960, 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 380X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 380X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 380X has 70.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 380X is much better than the GTX 960.

The Radeon R9 380X has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 380X is 1689 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1628. The Radeon R9 380X having 61 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 380X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

The Radeon R9 380X requires 190 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 380X and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The Radeon R9 380X requires 70 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 380X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1178 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua XTMaxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Nov 2015vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.5
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8.2
2560x1440
6.3
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5.9
3840x2160
4.8
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1425 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth182.4GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1024
Actual Shader Performance81%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs64
Texture Rate124.2 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31 GPixel/svs36.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
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 380X 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
Radeon R9 380X equips the GPU Codenamed Antigua XT which is a GCN 1.2 GPU and has 32 Compute Units activated, offering 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is Clocked at 970MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1425MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB.

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

Performance
Essentially, Radeon R9 380X is a Power Optimized Radeon R9 280X. As of November 2015, Radeon R9 380X has no Direct Competitor because the awaited GeForce GTX 960 Ti is yet to be released.
Benchmarks Indicate Solid Performance at 1440p but Radeon R9 380X is still best suited for 1080p Gaming, as most modern demanding games will run with FPS ranging between 20 and 40 at 1440p.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 380X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We Recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression 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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GM206-300-A1 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 1127MHz and goes up to 1158MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
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 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
At 1920x1080, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX 960, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over the older GeForce GTX 670.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 770 and even Radeon R9 280X are still faster, though less energy efficient.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
GeForce GTX 960 MSI 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Point of View AMMO OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Tiger OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax Gamer OC Mini Black 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA Superclocked 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 100ME 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Mini OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC White 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit Super JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom GLH 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition

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