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AMD Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition

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

Based on current gaming requirements the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

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

Lets look at the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2022. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. 190 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition can run Battlefield 2042 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 Back 4 Blood returns a weak 13 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Battlefield 2042 to see how the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 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 Back 4 Blood which was weak with a 10 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Days Gone that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 18. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition is the wrong choice for PC gaming.

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? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition 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 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which has 62% better performance and can run 617 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 33% better and can meet 309 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
32 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 380 Sapphire Nitro 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
110 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
32 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$219
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
985 MHz
Power
Max Power
225 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
19
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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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