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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380X Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 53% 61%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 42% 48%
Genshin Impact 55% 62%
eFootball PES 2021 22% 18%
FIFA 21 22% 18%
Watch Dogs Legion 49% 56%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 58% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 47% 54%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 122% 132%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 37% 43%

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

The R9 380 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 380X, but the Radeon R9 380X has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. As a result, the Radeon R9 380X exhibits a 14.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 380. 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 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 380X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 0.4 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 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 380X and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 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 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 380X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is marginally better than the Radeon R9 380X.

The Radeon R9 380X has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 380X is 1689 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The Radeon R9 380X having 196 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 380X delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380X requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 380X 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 Speed970 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua XTGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Nov 2015vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
8.5
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2560x1440
6.3
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3840x2160
4.8
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1425 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth182.4GB/secvs188.8GB/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 Units2048vs1792
Actual Shader Performance81%vs72%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs112
Texture Rate124.2 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
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 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
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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