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Review: Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro 4G

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    In this review we look at the new Radeon R9 380X from AMD, armed with a beefed up Tonga slash Antigua GPU and 4GB this product might interest many of you at a decent price of 260 EURO. This is a graph...

    Review: Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro 4G
     
  2. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

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    This was what the R9 285 should have been. This performed roughly the way I expected it to. If the 285 had 4GB to begin with I'd have got it, but thankfully I got my 290 for a decent deal.
     
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    Yakk Member Guru

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    Great comprehensive review!

    This looks to be a good mainstream card, with the only completion coming from used card sales really as far as I can see.

    So is this the GPU Apple incorporated into their iMacs which probably caused AMD not to be able to sell it as a discrete GPU on its own?
     
  4. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Nice card, decently priced. It barely costs more than gtx960 4GB version. I would still rather buy second hand custom R9 290's thats around the same price.

    And yeah, like always great review HH.
     

  5. spajdrik

    spajdrik Ancient Guru

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    I'm missing Far Cry 4 / Dragon Age III Inquisition or more recent games in test.
    Also this card fits more in Full HD resolution to play any games, not higher,
    so showing comparing performance at 2560x1440 i find kind of useless.
     
  6. Szaby59

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    I don't see the point comparing this card to a GTX 950 in the Ashes DX12 becnhmark.
    The 380 was already faster a few % than the 960...
     
  7. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Everybody misses something of their personal game preference I guess. We have a broad scope of benchmark titles.

    As to your 1080P remark, this card is specifically sold and marketed as WHQD graphics card, as such we display that in the comparison charts.
     
  8. Turanis

    Turanis Maha Guru

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    It fits very well with 1440p.
     
  9. mitzi76

    mitzi76 Ancient Guru

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    ? Think you mean 1080p......

    For 1440p ideally you want a 980ti...well was last time I looked. If I make the step up to that res I will upgrade my gpu..
     
  10. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for the review! I play at 1080p, but it's easy to imagine the FPS will simply be somewhat higher there compared to 1440p, and it doesn't change the relative order.

    I'll have to see what the prices will look like over here to make any decisions. Performance wise 390 would be more tempting, but my case isn't any max air flow one (it could be, but then it wouldn't be silent anymore), so the amount of heat would be troublesome.
     

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    labidas Master Guru

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    passikalli... 7970 revived
     
  12. BLEH!

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    Good review. TY
     
  13. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, for 1440p R9 390X/GTX980 minimum. As for 1080p 380X would be very capable indeed. It cost 20Eur more than gtx960 4GB, i think thats a no brainer.
     
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    Have to mention typos about 2560x1440 resolution. Frontpage's description says WHQL and inside review it's WHQD :)
    Maybe should be WQHD

    Otherwise great article as usual.
     
  15. spajdrik

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    Some review to compare :)

    DELETED - stop posting content from that website please.
     

  16. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    LOL - WHQL -> WHQD -> WQHD ... amazing how the brain works :) All Fixed, thanks for noticing.
     
  17. Mannerheim

    Mannerheim Ancient Guru

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    No direct comparison with 280x :(
     
  18. Undying

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    Idk why though. Its a replacement for 280X so why not include direct comparison HH? Other sites does it, if not all of them. You still have one around, right? No love for Tahiti here anymore.
     
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    Nice review! Just re-enforces my decision to hang on to my aging HD7950s. 1200P max settings on one of my HD7950 GPUs I am averaging 40-45fps with The Witcher 3. if I OC one I can get up to 50fps.

    I suspect 384-bit GDDR5 plays a large role in my performance. Thanks AMD for gimping the card!
     
  20. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    They didn't really gimp anything. 380X is meant to be a reasonably priced mainstream card. Your old cards were from the upper portion of the range of their time and considerably more expensive when launched. If you are used to the AMD enthusiast class, you should be looking at the Fury cards, or 390X at least.

    That being said, 380X still beats HD 7950.
     

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