XFX R9 380X Double Dissipation XXX OC 4GB Review

On our test bench today is the XFX R9 380X Double Dissipation XXX OC 4GB video card. It features the latest Ghost Thermal 3.0 cooling technology from XFX and a factory overclock. We will compare it to the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DCU II OC 4GB in a battle of the $229 price point video cards to determine the better overall value.

XFX is a well known company among PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts. It is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited. The XFX manufacturing branch specializes in high-performance PC hardware with a focus on gaming products including AMD and NVIDIA graphics processing units and motherboards.

On our test bench today is the XFX R9 380X Double Dissipation XXX OC 4GB (R9-380X-4DFG). This video card has an MSRP of $229.99.

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The Radeon R9 380X video card has a retail MSRP set by AMD of $229.99, which is with 4GB of VRAM standard. At this price point it puts the video card closely aligned with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB video card.

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The AMD Radeon R9 380X contains the full 32 Compute Units which gives it 2,048 stream processors. There are 32 ROPs and 128 texture units. The clock speed will run around 970MHz suggested. The memory on this video card will have 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus. The memory will operate at 5.7GHz providing 182GB/sec of memory bandwidth. This is based on the Tonga GPU.

This compares to the AMD Radeon R9 380 in that the R9 380 has 28 Compute Units for 1792 stream processors. The R9 380 has 32 ROPs and 128 texture units. The clock speed on the R9 380 is up to 970MHz as well. The R9 380 has 4GB ofGDDR5 on a 256-bit bus at 5.7GHz for 182GB/sec of bandwidth.

In today's evaluation we will compare the $229.99 XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB with an ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC video card which is similarly priced at $214.99 after a $15 MIR. The MSRP of each video card is $229. The two video cards should provide appropriate gameplay at 1440p. This is the second video card we have evaluated based on the Radeon R9 380X GPU. Our first evaluation based on the R9 380X GPU was the ASUS STRIX R9 380X DirectCU II OC, and was followed up with the ASUS STRIX R9 380X DC II OC Overclocking Review.


XFX R9 380X Double Dissipation XXX OC 4GB

Zooming in on the XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB, we find the first selling point of the video card is the factory overclock provided by XFX. Generally an R9 380X will operate at 970MHz on the core and 5.7GHz on the memory. XFX has increased the core clock by a very small amount to 990MHz. The memory was not overclocked and operates at the default 5.7GHz. Comparatively, the ASUS STRIX R9 380X DC II OC's core ran at 1030MHz out-of-box.

Another important feature on the XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB is the Ghost Thermal 3.0 technology. This is an integral part of XFX's Double Dissipation cooling system. The Ghost Thermal 3.0 technology includes a new generation of VRM and memory heatsink designed to keep the voltage regulator and memory much cooler under intense operation. This will ensure hardware stability and increase the lifespan of the video card.

The XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB also features 4, 6mm copper heat pipes that directly contact the GPU and spread to each quadrant of the finned heatsink. This design maximizes heat transfer away from the GPU for dispersion by the two fans. The fans are dual 90mm IP-5X fans which are optimized with a BIOS profile to reduce fan noise as much as possible, and even completely shut off when the temperature demand is low.

The XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB video card can be yours for $229.99 at Newegg. This offer includes a 3 year limited parts and labor warranty.

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The ASUS R9 390X STRIX DC3 8G is packaged snugly in a small box. The accessory package that comes with this video card includes a driver installation CD, two 6-pin to 4-pin power connectors, and a warranty insert.

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The video card is printed on a black PCB. There is no backplate like on the more expensive or higher-end video cards from XFX. The four copper heat pipes extend over the top edge of the video card to each quadrant of the heat sink. The two glossy fans are positioned to maximize airflow through the heatsink and off the video card.

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XFX recommends a 450W or greater power supply to ensure proper operation. The XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB requires two 6-pin PCIe power connectors which are located on the back end of the video card, opposite of the I/O panel, not along the top edge of the video card. The I/O panel adds support for two dual-link DVI-D connectors, one Display Port connector and one HDMI port. The XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 4GB is rather small, measuring 9 and 3/8th inches in length, 4 and 5/8th inches in height and 1.5 inches in width.