Radeon_R9_380_MSI_Gaming_4GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition run games
AMD Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is a very low performing piece of gaming hardware and can probably only run indie system requirements.

Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2022. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. This graphics hardware can run 200 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition can run Far Cry 6 at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Days Gone returns a weak 24 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Far Cry 6 to see how the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition dealt with it. It scored up a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Next we looked at Days Gone which was weak with a 18 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Forza Horizon 5 that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 10. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is not going to be able to maintain a playable game at this resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition in your PC? We think this Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which meets 616 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 60% better performance. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, which is 32% more powerful and can run 309 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
34 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
112 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
32 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$239
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1450MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
185.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
768
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
190 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
20
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Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

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
MSI’s 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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