The R9 380X is Positioned Perfectly for 1080p/1440p Gaming
With the new Radeon R9 380X, AMD says that 'it's time to upgrade your video card' and 'replace your GTX 660 or GTX 760' with the new Antigua XT-powered Radeon R9 380X. If you own a GTX 660 or GTX 760 and haven't yet upgraded to a mid-range card from NVIDIA in the form of the GTX 950 or GTX 960, the R9 380X might be an option for you.
AMD is positioning the new Radeon R9 380X above the R9 285 and R9 380, and well above the Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 960 from NVIDIA.
The big push for the Radeon R9 380X seems to be Star Wars: Battlefront, which AMD says the R9 380X can play at 2560x1440 at just under 60FPS. Comparing this to the 50FPS or so of the GTX 960 and the 35FPS or so on the Radeon HD 7850, this isn't too bad at all.
In the press desk provided to us by AMD, the company says that the Radeon R9 380X is capable of 70FPS+ at 1080p on High settings in games like Battlefield Hardline, Grand Theft Auto V, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Project CARS. Kicking things up to 2560x1440, the Radeon R9 380X is capable of 50FPS+ on High settings in the same games.
The usual AIB partners are all making cards, with ASUS, GIGABYTE, HIS, PowerColor, VTX3D, SAPPHIRE and XFX ready with cards. We have ASUS and HIS samples, so expect reviews of these two brands very quickly.
AMD has crammed 32 compute units into the R9 380X, with 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs join in on the fun. We have a minimum of 970MHz on the GPU, with board partners ramping that up depending on the cooling and power consumption.
We have 4GB of GDDR5 spread out on a 256-bit memory bus, with a 190W TDP rounding out the specs. The new Radeon R9 380X is capable of DirectX 12, and it makes great use of AMD's FreeSync technology, as well as their Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) and Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) technologies.
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