XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB Video Card Review

Today we look at the newly released AMD Radeon R9 380 GPU. We have XFX's new R9 380 Double Dissipation custom video card featuring new cooling and a factory overclock. We will also compare the XFX R9 380 to a GTX 960 4GB, in addition we will test the AMD R9 285 clock-for-clock with the XFX R9 380 to see if there are any differences.

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Clock vs. Clock Testing

On this page we are going comparing the Radeon R9 380 with the Radeon R9 285. Remember the R9 380 is a re-brand of the R9 285. They have the same architecture with different clock speeds. This will allow us to better examine how these directly compare.

In these comparisons we have the XFX R9 380 DD 4GB downclocked to 918MHz, with the memory also reduced to 5.5GHz. This operating speed matches that of a reference R9 285 video card, which below is a 2GB R9 285.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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In this apples-to-apples test we have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt set to 1920x1080 with AA enabled. We are using "High" settings and "High" post processing. We have ambient occlusion set to SSAO and Hairworks is disabled.

In Witcher 3 the clock-for-clock performance is identical with a tight overlap, providing nearly the same experience. The two video cards performed within 1 FPS of each other.


Grand Theft Auto V

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In this apples-to-apples test we have Grand Theft Auto V set to 1920x1080 with FXAA enabled, while also using the highest in-game settings. We have grass quality set to "Very High" and have all advanced graphics options off.

Again we see the identical gameplay between the two video cards. Each produced stable gameplay at exactly 50.6 FPS.


Dying Light

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In this apples-to-apples test we have Dying Light configured to run at 1920x1080 with AA On. We are using the best quality settings. We do have shadow map size reduced to "High" and have the view distance slider set to maximum.

We see only a small deviation in performance leaning in the direction of the R9 380. The two gaming experiences were extremely similar, performing within 2 FPS of each other. There was no real advantage posed by the R9 380 over the R9 285 in this game.


Far Cry 4

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In this apples-to-apples test we have Far Cry 4 configured to run at 1920x1080 with SMAA enabled. We are using "Ultra" settings, including "Ultra" shadows. We have ambient occlusion set to the less demanding SSBC, and have Godrays disabled.

Here we again find performance is relatively similar. The R9 380 performed about 6.3% faster at 52.5 FPS, compared to the R9 285 averaging 49.4 FPS. Again this minimal performance advantage does not separate the two in terms of gaming experience. The two video cards are producing the same quality gameplay. The difference in this game may be down to drivers on the architecture, the new Cat 15.7 might be more finely tweaked for the 380 in this game. We have seen improvements on Fiji in FC4 to be quite large.