Today we evaluate a custom R9 380 from XFX, the XFX R9 380 DD BLACK EDITION OC 4GB. Sporting a hefty factory overclock and the Ghost Thermal 3.0 custom cooling with Double Dissipation, we compare it to an equally priced reference GeForce GTX 960. Find out which video card provides the better bargain.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We are running the Windows 10 64-bit operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Setup

For the XFX R9 380 DD BLACK Ed. OC we are using the Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix driver dated 1/7/2016.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 we are using the GeForce 361.43 WHQL driver dated 12/21/2015.

Video Card Clock Speeds as tested

XFX R9 380 DD BLACK Ed. OC 4GB (Max Overclock) - 1170MHz core / 6.4GHz memory

XFX R9 380 DD BLACK Ed. OC 4GB - 1030MHz core / 5.8GHz memory

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 - 1127MHz Base/1178MHz Boost/7GHz memory

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the XFX R9 380 DD BLACK Ed. OC 4GB with the Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix driver.

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