GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 380 vs 960 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960  based on its compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 380

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 380

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Higher memory bandwidth 176 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Better floating-point performance 3,290 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS Around 45% better floating-point performance
Significantly better video composition score 98.28 frames/s vs 25.99 frames/s More than 3.8x better video composition score
Better 3DMark06 score 12,191 vs 10,767.5 Around 15% better 3DMark06 score
Higher texture rate 102.8 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 45% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,792 vs 1,024 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 112 vs 64 48 more texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Slightly higher crysis 3 framerate 39.4 fps vs 36.1 fps Around 10% higher crysis 3 framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 918 MHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,500 MHz More than 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,375 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Slightly higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 29.38 GPixel/s Around 25% higher pixel rate
Lower TDP 120W vs 190W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 380 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380
410.27 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380
84.59 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380
1,503.63 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark


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Compared my friends 2 gb to my own 380 4 gb. Suprised his 2 gb is still good :)
Hahaha ikr
ur a fagot lol nvidia cards r a shit
Well as someone who fixes desktops for money and saw tens of examples i can say 2 things Amd does offer more fps and better price/performance ratio And nvidia is more stable doe more expensive over prolonged use amd just gets too hot up to 100 degrees depending on model case and fans. But it doesnt affect performance that much after it reaches max tempereture performance drops by 5/10% and stays there. So in my opinion if you are terrie with computers cant install more fans get water cooling or something like that get nvidia amd is for more extreme users who like to change theyr rigs. Because amd needs a little more work but gives you more also.
I agree they should have chosen the 380, but AMD should have installed a higher core clock.
what should i buy: gtx 960 2gb or r9 380 2gb?
If I put the Radeon R9 Fury Versus a Geforce GTX 260 it still recommends the Geforce.. Weird a card from 2009 is recommended over a card from 2015, seems to always default to recommend the geforce
My R9 380 runs FO4 on ultra, all settings maxed, full 1080P, above well 30FPS average. The problem is that AMD takes way too freaking long to fix their terrible drivers, and finally months after FO4 was released, I can finally play it without random driver crashes and recovery, and it plays danged well.
All the graphics card must be stable. Low or high end it must be stable.
DID YOU REALY COMPARE A 290X WITHA 950M? you are retarded
for the $50 less it is a profit idiot
+3 fps, such profit
Ok I had to comment about this because your spouting rhetoric and rumor from shit that Nvidia has done in the past to screw over the performance of AMD. I'll leave you with this: - Nvidia pressuring Oxide devs to turn off things to make their card run better in bench marks to screw over AMD. All I can say now, is RX 480 coming out end of this month for 200$ is gonna beat the shit out of a GTX 980. And since AMD was the ones who basically started the whole low level API (Mantle aka Vulkan which its now called.) and AMD Launched OpenGPU its forced Nvidia to also make Open their gameworks. Which will help AMD hugely.
Play with 960 in 4K is bad. Fps are low, memory bandwidth or not, fps are low. If 960 was able to run games at 4Kwith high fps, then why 970/980/980ti/1070/1080 exist? Games under 60 fps are not playable, it's like playing PS4.
The amount of retarded in your statement is pretty funny. GTX960 can play games at 4k dsr, I use it quite often. The memory bandwidth is optimized. It sounds like you do not read much and need to stop posting your garbled up thoughts , that are wrong, on these types of matters. It is ok if you do not realize you are dumb, as most dumb people are to inept to understand how dumb they truly are. Good day!
I'm not on either side of fanboyism, but your name is just hilarious.
960 is an Nvidia so the use of tessalation and such technologies are pretty much guarranted on launch. 380 Is a better GPU if you can afford to tweak settings a little and wait for drivers on some occasions. BTW basing the estimate of how good a card is on a single game (Fallout 4) perfomance without tweaking settings is VERY wrong. Soem of those games are better supported by eitehr GPU manufacturer on launch and have bugs which are commonly fixed within a couple of weeks either by the GPU drivers or through game patches. Personal opinion of a somewhat Superuser who owns a net cafe with identical machines using both Sapphire 380 Nitro 4GB and Evga 4GB SC. They have the same price.I only bought a single 960 for testing purposes and about 15 380s. The 380 is at least 10% better (5-10fps) on most recent titles provided that the title is patched and the latest drivers are being used one month after game release.
Like the fact that now they have an extra product that is always NVidia? or the fact that the R9 380 vs 960 got the best score and still, nvidia is the one suggested. You are indeed correct
Cool story bro, R9 380 can do the same if not better.
what you say is true, but regardless, saying that AMD is the same as nVidea if you take away nVidea features is like trying to do a fair comparison between a soapbox cart and a car, and taking out the cars engine for "fairness"
not so! For shits and giggles ive upscaled my CSGO on my 1080p screen to 4k on dynamic super resolution settings, with Max settings, supersampling and full ambient occlusion, and sat at 70fps. I have a 960 4gig
Why you fanboys gotta argue. Just get what's cheaper and runs games faster.
you fanboys arguing is so hilarious.
Are you drunk? I just said that it was 4K rendering scaled to 1080p to fit the number of pixels of the screen. AMD is using exactly the same (VSR) and I'm not using it cause it's causing blur. If it was not causing that, everyone would use VSR and DSR. It's not the case. And a 960 is not able to render games at 4K sorry to learn you that. Btw R9 380 is giving more performance in most of the games at 4K because of the memory bus. Now you should go drink a lot of water or you're going to have an hangover tomorrow.
This site is awful it seems to be bought by nvidia
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