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AMD Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition

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14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

One of the more powerful mid range graphics cards, the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition might struggle sometimes with the more system demanding game 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 2019. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 277.

A Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition card at 1080p is seeing a weak frame rate when running Red Dead Redemption 2 on Ultra - 23 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Planet Zoo which is 18 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Death Stranding is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a weak 0 FPS.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition ran Red Dead Redemption 2 to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 46 FPS, Medium: 36 FPS, High: 25 FPS and Ultra: 18 FPS. Another game tested was Planet Zoo, L: 35FPS, M: 28FPS, H: 19FPS, U: 13FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Death Stranding, wih estimates revealing L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition is not going to be able to maintain a playable game at this resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has 102% better performance and can run 897 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively we would suggest getting a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, as it can run 685 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 51% increased graphics performance.
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The Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015

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Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by Gigabyte.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 985MHz, 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
Two-ball bearing: Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.


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Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 54%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 111%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 17% 54%
Death Stranding 5% 111%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 111%
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 111%
Halo: Reach 78% 51%
Need For Speed Heat 14% 54%
Planet Zoo 18% 65%
Borderlands 3 1% 62%
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does anyone know the width of this card?
i want to buy the Zalman ZM Z1 mATX Case but i need to know if that case will fit this card with room to spare. plz halp

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Yes Lord nexus this card will fit that case

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will i be able to play with max settings (ultra) with at least 30FPS with my 1440p resolution ?

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but your current gpu is better

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What are some good games that can be played well with this and the FX-6300?

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You can play any game out there, maybe you can't max them all, but you can play them just fine on 1080p

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Is it GOOD ENOUGH for 4-5 years until below 30FPS on LOW SETTINGS 720p?(on unoptimized games like ubisoft)

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yes

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Would this be a worthy successor to my good old 7790? I'm looking to game on 1080p, preferably max settings. 960 realy isn't an option, because i can't find it priced anywhere close to the 380 in my country.

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Definitely , overall r9 380 is better than 960 (little bit)

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do you think flashing the bios from the msi variant would enable the voltage control? id like to oc it but im fairly limited with the stock voltage

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Is this enough to run ?

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have the same one, with no issues at all

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thanks for the help :)

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I own the Gigabyte variant of this card AND I can confirm that the 4gb frame buffer is NOT a gimmick. I ran ac unity on ultra setting and it used 3.2 gigs of vram and gave a average 41 fps.

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380 4gb have it's memory seperated (similar to sli/cf) with two pools were the memory aren't stacked. Lets say one pool uses 1.6GB, then the other pool mirror the vRAM usage using 1.6gb as well, but both memory pools store the same information. When both pool uses 1.6 gb it will show as 3.2gb usage when monitoring.

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So were the 380 4gb version use 3.2gb the 2gb version of the card only uses 1.6gb. So the 4gb version won't yield any performance boost over the 2gb version. If you don't believe me you can search up benchmarks, the performance are pretty even between 2gb and 4gb 380.

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That doesn't make any sense, why would they put that kind of tech with single gpu core?
and if that was true then that would mean that witcher 3 uses one gig on it at most because last time I tested it with this card it used around 2 gigs

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Actually it does make a lot of sense, the frame rate buffer were doubled by adding a new 2gb memory pool. A lot of single GPUs actually have this built, micro-GPUs, GTX 960, GTX 760/770, R9 379/380 just to mention a few. It does make sense if the GPUs are used in SLI/CF. A CF 380 will get double bandwidth and bus speed, and will actually use 4gb, were the single card can only use 2gb.

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Can I ask what setting you run Witcher 3 at? And what kind of monitoring do you use? Maybe you're using more than one monitoring software, resulting in false reading. Or there might be a difference between games that support splitted memory pools or the ones who doesn't. My point is that 380 won't use more than 2gb effectly.

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Everything on ultra only hairworks turned off and shadows on high, I used msi afterburner and it used around 2gigs, how is that possible if your theory is correct?

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It depends on the game, the extra 2gb vRAM pool works as a buffer. This means the 380 only uses 1 of the 2 pools when sufficient. If a single pool alone doesn't work "fast enough" the GPU compansate by using the second 2gb pool as well, resulting in showing the double vRAM usage. So as far as you don't push the 380 too far it will hold itself under the 2gb range.

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I would really like to test this, what in your opinion would push this card too far so I can test memory usage there and ocmpare it to some other 4gig card that doesn't use "separated memory"

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I just checked ac unity benchmarks to verify OP, and guess how much vram it uses on ultra (regardless of gpu, video I was watching was using gtx 980), and no, it was not 1.6 gigs, it was 3.2-3.6 gigs..

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A GPUs vRAM usage are desided by how much vRAM the GPU have to offer. Even a 780 or 780 ti can run AC unity on ultra, and 780s only has 3gb. The 980 could use less than 3gb as well, but it use more because it has 4gb abily. So it uses more memory because it can, and because it gives faster rendering. You can't just base vRAM usage on a simple benchmark. Sorry, but it does not work like that.

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I know that, but at the begining of this you said it can't use 4gb, and that it only mirrors the vram usage, and my point is that this can't be true, in that case ac unity uses around 1.6 gigs on ultra, that simply can't be and is not true

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Take any 2 gb card and put it on high it will use more

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I do agree with Zeones i did some further research by finding a video on youtube that used a gtx 970 and ran ac unity with Rviatuner on. I used the exact same settings the GTX 970 used on that video and i noticied that my r9 380 and that gtx 970 used the same vram. on the menu's it used about 2gb and in game about 3.2g

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and 3.4 and 3.6 as locations changed.. oh and I played the same mission that was on the video to get more accurate results and I can conclude that the r9 380 can use 4gb and is not in sli.

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I corrected my first post, mention that vRAM mirrors when the GPU exceeds 2gb memory. Also I don't see why 1.6 gb usage can't be true, because if you had used a 380 or GTX960 2gb version it wouldn't exceed 2gb. You also mention "take any 2gb card and put it on high it will use more", FALSE. A GPU can't use more vRAM than it has, lol.

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Either way a 380 can't utilize or take advantage of more than 2gb vRAM, and there are no significant performance differences between the 2gb and 4gb version. I don't know how to put this in a simple explaination, but I've tried to explain the 380 vRAM issue as simple as possible. So I don't know what more I can say to get you to understand how the vRAM in a 380 works…

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when I said "take any 2gb card and put it on high it will use more" I ment more then 1.6gb

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That because most 2gb GPUs have less ROPs, which requires a higher memory usage.

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Don't see what I need to explain here. Seems like 2gb version stays areound 62fps, while 4gb have an averange of 64fps, which prove my point that the 2 extra GB doesn't make much impact on performance. Really don't see what I need to explain here -_-

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May I ask where did you get that information about separated memory?
just wondering and btw with 2gb version fps stayed most of the time around 50 even lower sometimes, guy did poor job calculating average, while 4gb stayed over 60 mostly

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here are links again, accidently deleted them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK9QKasZu7A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEe4nDYcc1c
4gb version has atleast 10 more fps even though textures are on ultra compared to high on 2gb card

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@93MiChr, if thats the case then the card should use like 1.99gb while not mirroring as it is under 2gb, as soon as it will go over 2gb the card will use 4gb VRAM directly as it mirroroed the 1st 2gigs, so that means we would never se vram usage such as 2.2, 2.8,3.2 or whatever between 2gb-4gb as it will mirror only-

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Not exactelly correct. You see when vRAM are stacked the GPU will render and replace the textures and data storage faster, which mean it won't need as much vRAM as when Using a single pool. This mean each pool will use less vRAM than 1 pool uses alone, which explains how you can get usage between 2-3gb. You can't just calculate up to 1.99gb and then double the usage to 4gb vRAM.

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Zeones lying about the vids your posting only makes me think of you as even more clueless. The vid in your last post of 380 4gb runs medium textures as far as I can see, which is the reason for 10fps higher than 2gb version with high textures.

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You ask were I do get the memory pool information. Well both 380 2gb and 380 4gb are identical with the exact same build and architecture. if you read on the top of this site it says that the frame buffer were doubled in the 380 4gb version. This means they add a new memory pool without changing the architecture. If they however had changed the memory pool to a larger one they would had to rebuilt

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the whole GPU, making a new and different GPU. But as far as I know both 380 2gb and 380 4gb has a similar built and architecture, meaning the extra vRAM are added by a new memory pool of 4 units (380 4gb has a total of 8 512mb units of memory).

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first of all watch the thing if you plan telling someone is a liar, it starts at medium, but he changes it to ultra after like 5 seconds https://youtu.be/eK9QKasZu7A?t=22s and presses apply I even skipped to changed settings part…

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But thats not the case the card doesnt use 4gb directly which means i can essentially use 4gb AND is not in sli or whatever

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Second of all, 93MiChr, yes, they added another memory pool of 4 units, and why does that mean that it doesn't act as full 4gb? where does it say it uses other 2gb as buffer or it mirrors first two gigs?

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I've I have tried to explain that already. Both GPU has a similar architecture coded for 2GB. But seriously you're too stubborn to get it. I tried to explain it simple at first, resulting in you to confront me. Sorry but I don't have time for this. If you're not getting it by now then I guess you're not capabile of understanding. Jeez, some people, tip; read the GPU information on top of page -_-

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I know what you wrote, and it makes me wonder if you have any idea what is what, but whatever, I agree, you are stuborn as hell, gl mate, hf and I really don't have will to talk about this, you think you're right I know I am and so be it

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Look who's calling who's stubborn. "I know I am right", lol. It is common sense that 4gb editions has no performance gain against 2gb versions of the same GPU. Also you appear to me as a kid, sorry but for one you don't validate your sources. Second don't have any arguments beside asking further questions. I answere, were you dumbly ask again not getting any of my points. Kids these days….

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Research showed that person calling other people kids online in 90% of cases is exactly that.. only source you mentioned was one line mentioned here in desc "frame buffer was doubled" and honestly I'm not sure you know what framebuffer is

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TomalKhan, wrong. If what you're saying are correct, then explain why 380 2gb performance similar to 380 4gb in AC Unity benchmarks. A 380 2gb can as well run similar settings as you describe but with less than 2gb usage. Sorry but 380 vRAM does stack when exceeding 2gb vRAM. If what you guys suggest were correct, then all GPUs (regardless) of vRAM would use around 3.4GB in AC Unity.

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And that does not make any sense. I found a benchmark on GTA V between 780 ti, 980 and Titan X. All cards run on similar settings, but you can see a difference between vRAM as all of those GPUs have differences in vRAM size. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_qHnfj1rjh0

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Yes, the performance diffenece is not that much but what I was trying to say is that vram is not in sli.Well the vram thing is confusing as the same ultra settings uses 1.6 gigs on 2gb cards and 3.2 in all 4gb cards

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I know the vRAM in terms aren't "SLI", but the divided pools and doubled memory buffer will work much similar to the vRAM in a SLI setup. I should have corrected and mentioned that in my first post. So to avoid any further misunderstanding, no 380 does not work as a SLI card, but the vRAM architecture can be compared to the one in SLI setups because of all the similitaries.

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The funny thing about tht vid is the 780ti is usling less vram than the gtx 970 but is giving more fps.

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Not funny at all, the 780 ti are faster at rendering then a 970, so it replace the memory storage much faster then what a 970 can, so it does not have to use as much vRAM as the 970 to get similar or better performance.

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Ah.. thats disappointing. Well thanks for explaining mate :/

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