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Review: Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro

by Parm Mann on 19 November 2015, 14:00

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire

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Test Methodology

Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro Specification

GPU Comparisons

Graphics Card GPU Cores Base Clock
Boost Clock
Memory Size
Memory Clock
Memory Bus
Graphics Driver
Sapphire Radeon R9 390 Nitro 2,560 N/A 1,010 8,192 6,000 512 15.9.1 beta
Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro 2,048 N/A 1,040 4,096 6,000 256 15.11.1 beta
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 2,048 925 N/A 3,072 5,500 384 15.7.1
Sapphire Radeon R9 380 1,792 985 N/A 4,096 5,800 256 15.7.1
Sapphire Radeon R7 370 Nitro 1,024 985 N/A 4,096 5,600 256 15.7.1
Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phoenix 1,664 1,152 1,304 4,096 7,012 256 355.98
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC 1,536 1,072 1,137 2,048 6,008 256 353.62
Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix 1,024 1,253 1,317 2,048 7,200 128 353.62
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 SSC 768 1,190 1,393 2,048 6,612 128 355.65
Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC 640 1,072 1,150 2,048 5,400 128 353.62

HEXUS Graphics Test Bench

Hardware Components HEXUS Review Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-4770K (quad-core, overclocked up to 4.40GHz) June 2013
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15 April 2014
Motherboard Asus Z97-A May 2014
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB) DDR3 @ 1,866MHz -
Power Supply Corsair AX760i -
Primary Storage Device Crucial M500 240GB SSD July 2013
Secondary Storage Device SK hynix Canvas SC300 512GB SSD June 2015
Chassis Corsair Graphite Series 600T October 2010
Monitor Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00) -
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit) October 2012

Benchmark Suite

Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme
Gaming Benchmarks and Settings
Alien: Isolation SMAA-T2x, Maximum Quality
BioShock Infinite AA Enabled, Ultra Preset inc. Depth of Field
Grand Theft Auto V FXAA, 16xAF, Very High Quality
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Ultra Quality Preset
Tomb Raider FXAA, Ultra Quality Preset
Total War: Rome II Extreme Preset
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt High Quality Preset
General Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw both when idle and while playing Grand Theft Auto V.
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Grand Theft Auto V.
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Grand Theft Auto V.
Overclocking Maintaining out-the-box voltage, we increase the card's power target and aim for an optimal balance of core and memory overclock. With the heightened frequencies in place, the 3DMark and Grand Theft Auto V tests are re-run at QHD settings.


To minimise the impact of any CPU bottlenecks, our test platform is configured with a quad-core Intel Core i7-4770K processor overclocked at up to 4.4GHz and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 memory set to run at 1,866MHz using the built-in XMP profile.

For our mid-range benchmark suite, we have an array of games tested at FHD (1,920x1,080) and QHD (2,560x1,440) resolutions. Where applicable, any vendor-specific enhancements such as PhysX and TressFX are disabled to help even the playing field. In-game benchmark results are recorded as minimum and average frames per second.