Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD CATALYST 15.11.1
  • NVIDIA GeForce 355.65

R9 380X Test System

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1501 that came out on 01/15/2014. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-12-12-30 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements than the old Corsair AX1200 power supply did.

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Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

 

Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro OC 4GB Card GPU-Z Info:

Radeon R9 380X GPU-Z

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  • 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.