ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC Video Card Review

Today we are taking a look at the high end of ASUS' offerings featuring the Radeon R9 380 GPU in the form of the ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC 4GB. We will pit it against the MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G to see which card can be crowned king of the hill in the low $200 price range.

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Fallout 4

We are now including Fallout 4 in our gameplay suite. Please view our Fallout 4 Performance and Image Quality Preview for information on the game and our run-through. We are using the latest patch for the game, 1.2.37.0.0. We have disabled VSYNC manually on both GPUs. We will use the global graphics settings option for playable settings. Note that Godrays can be set higher to an "Ultra" level, we will use this when we can.


Highest Playable Settings

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The ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC was playable at 1920x1080 with all graphics settings set to ultra levels (including Godrays) and AA set to TXAA. The MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G required having Godrays set to low while maintaining all other graphics settings in order to be playable. Moving up to 2560x1440 would have required a significant reduction in the overall graphics settings in order for either card to be playable. Overclocking the ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC gave us a performance boost but did not allow for any additional settings to be turned on.


Apples-to-Apples

In Apples-to-Apples testing, we ran all four video cards at 1920x1080 with TXAA, Godrays set to Ultra and all in-game Ultra graphics options selected.

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The ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC bested The MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G by 14.9%. Performance was nowhere near playable for the The MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G. Overclocking the The ASUS STRIX R9 380 DirectCU II OC improved performance by 8.7%.