ASUS Radeon R9 380X 

Released November, 2015
  • 1 GHz
  • 4 GB GDDR5
7.8 Out of 10

Furmark maximum power reaches 225 W, which is exactly what the 2x6-pin power inputs are specified for, so ASUS adjusted the power limit to a good value.
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An interesting value proposition is the aging AMD R9 290, which is 24% faster than ASUS' overclocked card, yet comes at very affordable pricing.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 380X among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Radeon R9 380X
7.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon R9 380X
8.0
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Radeon R9 380X
7.3
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon R9 380X
8.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Radeon R9 380X
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon R9 380X
8.5
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.8

Overall Score

Radeon R9 380X
7.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 380X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
478.65 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
199.24 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
81.44 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
102.43 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 380X
1,498.03 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,203.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 380X
56.18

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 380X
365.47

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 380X
19.66

Metro: Last Light

Radeon R9 380X
64

Battlefield 3

Radeon R9 380X
59

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 380X


9.1
This chip is technologically more up-to-date than the Hawaii-based R9 390 series since it features the company's latest Graphics CoreNext (GCN) 1.2 stream processors.

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Applications

Gaming noise is very good, better than with most graphics cards on the market.
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While everything runs completely stable at 1638 MHz, the card immediately crashes with just an additional 1 MHz, no matter whether running a game or not.
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ASUS is using their own rebranded voltage controller, which probably supports voltage control and monitoring through ASUS software.
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Performance

If you look at our price/performance graphs, you will find pretty much every competing board offering a similar or better deal.
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And finally we have the GTX 970, which is a well-tested, proven, and extremely well-supported product by NVIDIA, with 30% more performance than the 380X at about 30% higher pricing ($290).
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You should also be able to get decent framerates at 1440p if you are willing to sacrifice some details.
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Memory

I did notice that memory overclocking seems to hit a wall at 1638 MHz, though, as soon as you increase clocks by another MHz, which has the card go to a black screen, suggesting an issue with how the memory chip timings are configured and not properly recalculated at higher clocks.
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4 GB is the standard memory amount for this SKU, and there won't be a 2 GB variant.
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Memory overclocking seems to be limited by the Elpida memory chips or their settings in AMD's VBIOS.
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Gaming

During gaming, the fan ramps up slightly, but ends up at a very quiet 29 dBA, which is quieter than most competing cards from AMD (I'm thinking of the R9 280X and R9 290).
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57°C in idle might sound high at first, but you have to consider that the card turns its fans off in idle and light gaming, which results in a completely noise-free experience for desktop work and media playback.
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Power

AMD has been behind NVIDIA in power consumption efficiency for a while now, and the R9 380X is no exception, but given the total heat output is well manageable with around 170 W, the thermal solutions doesn't have to be big and bulky.
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In idle, power consumption numbers are good, and only when you use multiple displays or do media playback does power consumption shoot up, just like with all other products from AMD - NVIDIA clearly has a huge advantage here.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Antigua
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,030 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 380X 970 MHz 4 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,048
Texture mapping units 128
Render output processors 32
Compute units 32
Pixel rate 33 GPixel/s
Texture rate 131.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 4,219 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,425 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,700 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 4,096 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 182.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 190W
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