AMD Radeon R9 380 Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire run games
31 May 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire graphics card, when running 2021 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. The Radeon R9 380 Crossfire can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 495 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire is running Resident Evil 8 and delivering playable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 25 frames per second. Comparing this to Far Cry 6 which is predicted to get playable results, where it averages 27 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Horizon Forbidden West, which is predicted to run at 33 frames per second.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Resident Evil 8 which delivered weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 49 FPS, Medium: 39 FPS, High: 26 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. Next we have Far Cry 6 running on Radeon R9 380 Crossfire which is predicted to get L: 54FPS, M: 43FPS, H: 29FPS, U: 21FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Horizon Forbidden West is predicted to get L: 65FPS, M: 52FPS, H: 35FPS, U: 25FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 380 Crossfire is not a first choice gaming resolution. While this graphics card would likely be more suited to 1080p gaming, you may be able to make some graphical tweaks in the game options to improve your stability at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 380 Crossfire in your PC? This Radeon R9 380 Crossfire 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 Crossfire? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which is 26% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 775 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 904 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 35% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
74 FPS
The Radeon R9 380 Crossfire was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 380 Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 380 Crossfire
GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
217 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
62 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
970 MHz
Max Power
400 Watts
750 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 380 Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 380 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 380 put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

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 consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO which, together, offer 3584 Shader Processing Units, 224 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 970MHz.

Each 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.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 375W and 425W.

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System Suggestions
Radeon R9 380 Crossfire is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 380 Crossfire.

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Radeon R9 380 Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Battlefield 2042 41% 31%
Battlefield 6 41% 31%
Elden Ring 48% 11%
Far Cry 6 11% 46%
Resident Evil 8 34% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 42%
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis 95% 87%
Days Gone 22% 4%
Dying Light 2 11% 37%
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection 85% 64%
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