Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro Video Card Review

Jump To:

Power Consumption

Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro OC Video Card

For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 1920×1080 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter.


Power Consumption Results: The system with the Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro 4GB video card used 104 Watts at idle when the system first starts, but as the card heats up the fans kick on and the power consumption level increased and then remained at 112 Watts. At full load while gaming the system was pulling 351 Watts from the wall, which is actually a bit higher than we expected from this card as AMD says that it has a typical board power of 190W. AMD hasn’t been winning the power battle for mainstream desktop cards in years and that is still true here at the end of 2015.

Jump To:
  • Slayer Hellas

    That review is TOTAL FAIL CRAP MAN……!!!
    I have that card………an in Metro it DOES NOT give those numbers……….FUCKING FANBOYS

    • pierre

      it is .

    • TheLight

      Could have been issues with whatever drivers they were using. Whenever I see results that are that far out of whack, I usually suspect that the tester is using early, pre-release drivers that came with the card rather than the most recent ones that can be found online. ATi/AMD is notoriously bad with programming drivers for their cards which is why DX12 being less driver dependent is a godsend for AMD fans.

  • atomixlt

    Hmm i overclocked my r9 380 and i get 9452 graphics score.
    The overclock 1100/1500.

  • Terry Perry

    You cab get the R9 380 now for 195$ and the difference is Very Little from the X wait and the price will drop to 200 $ then it is a Good buy.