AMD Radeon R9 380 (OEM)

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How well can the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) run games
AMD Radeon R9 380 (OEM)
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Based on current gaming requirements the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

All games with system requirements of DirectX 12 or lower are met by this card.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) get on latest AAA 2021 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 114 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

A Radeon R9 380 (OEM) card at 1080p is seeing a weak frame rate when running Resident Evil 8 on Ultra - 0 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Battlefield 2042 which is 0 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular FIFA 22 performs on this hardware, which gets a reasonable 56 FPS.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) at 1440p with Resident Evil 8, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. We then checked out Battlefield 2042 which we predict would have a set of graphics results as followed, L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And another popular game was FIFA 22 that returned L: 113FPS, M: 89FPS, H: 60FPS, U: 43FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is going to need to lower its graphics settings to medium on modern games.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 380 (OEM) is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 380 (OEM)? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 76% better and can run 625 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, which has 45% better performance and can run 311 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
23 FPS
The Radeon R9 380 (OEM) was released on 07 May 2015
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 380 (OEM)
GCN 1.2 Tonga PRO
Texture Rate
103 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
29 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
918 MHz
Max Power
190 Watts
500 Watt & 37 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon R9 380 (OEM) Game Requirement Analysis

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

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.

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.

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.

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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