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AMD Radeon R9 380X Performance Unveiled, 15% Faster Than The Radeon R9 380 – AMD Advises GTX 660 and GTX 760 Owners To Upgrade To Antigua XT For $229 – $249

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Update#3: The Radeon R9 380X has been officially launched – https://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-r9-380x-launch-229-us/

Update#2: The AMD Radeon R9 380X officially launches in a few hours. You can find the review round-up within this page, when they go live.

Update#1: We have received an update regarding the price of the Radeon R9 380X. According to official info, the Radeon R9 380X will retail at an official price of $229 US (reference models). The overclocked models will retail at a price of $249 US. We will be looking at several overclocked models from AMD AIBs tomorrow but those looking to save some bucks can go for reference models.

With a day left in the launch of AMD’s latest Radeon R9 380X graphics card, there was bound to be a leak that showed us the performance numbers and that has just happened. Straight from Chinese sources, we have our hands on the first and latest performance numbers of the Antigua XT based Radeon R9 380X graphics card and some technical slides.

AMD Radeon R9 380X Performance Unveiled – Beats The 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 Models, Packs Great 1080P Performance

Just a few second ago, we were announcing the official price and specifications for the card and now we are getting a first look at the performance numbers. But before we get into the performance bits, let’s take a small recap of the specifications and pricing information for the Radeon R9 380X graphics card.

First thing we want to confirm is that the Radeon R9 380X is going to hit retail for an official MSRP of $229 US while overclocked variants will cost $249 US. This confirms what we have been saying for months that the card will actually be placed in the sweet spot tier for mainstream gamers which has remain untouched by NVIDIA and AMD so far with a proper graphics solution. AMD currently has two cards near this price range, the Radeon R9 380 ($199 US) and the Radeon R9 390 ($329 US). On the NVIDIA front, we are looking at the GeForce GTX 960 ($199 US) and the GeForce GTX 970 ($299 US). Now all of these cards compete against each other well but there’s a big gap left between them. For instance, the R9 390 is much faster than a R9 380 and the same could be said when comparing a GTX 970 to the GTX 960 graphics card. AMD will fill up the gap with their $229 – 249 US solutions, the Radeon R9 380X.

Packed with AMD Technologies

  • VSR (Virtual Super Resolution): Get quality that rivals 1440p, even on a 1080p display while playing your favorite games thanks to AMD’s VSR.
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology: Expand your territory and customize your field of vision. Connect up to four displays on a single GPU for dynamic, panoramic multi-screen gaming. You’ll get an expansive experience that’s truly out of sight.
  • VULKAN: Support for this next-gen API for stunning, real-time graphics—giving the new wave of games direct control of GPU acceleration for max performance and predictability.
  • DirectX 12: Microsoft’s new technology enables great performance and dramatically improved GPU and CPU multiprocessing and multithreading performance – thanks to Async Shaders and Multi-threaded Command Buffer Recording – for more efficient rendering of richer and more complex scenes.
  • AMD Crossfire Technology: Scale up to four GPUs with AMD CrossFire and amplify your system’s graphics processing capability.
  • AMD Freesync Technology: Maintain extreme frame rates while playing the most demanding games, without frame-tearing or video stuttering, using AMD’s open-standard dynamic refresh rate technology that automatically synchronizes your GPU output with AMD FreeSync technology-enabled DisplayPort monitors.
  • AMD LiquidVR Technology: AMD is making VR as comfortable as possible by lowering the motion-to-photo latency. Enhance gaming realism and maintain ultra-immersive VR presence. Enjoy liquid-smooth visual performance and ultra-high frame rates and cross over to the other side of realistic virtual environments and interaction.

Specifications for the Radeon R9 380X include the latest GCN 1.2 core which has only been featured on the new Fiji and Tonga cards. The Radeon R9 380X packs 32 compute units with 64 stream processors on each CU. Total number of stream processors on the card are 2048 SPs, 128 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation unit that are featured on the Antigua XT die. Antigua is a new name for Tonga which was featured on the Radeon R9 285 graphics card and the mobility chips that include Radeon R9 M295X and Radeon R9 M395X. Antigua is only currently featured on the Radeon R9 380 graphics card but the full version will be available to consumers in the form of the Radeon R9 380X graphics card. The Radeon R9 380X comes with clock speeds of 970 MHz standard clock and up to 1000 MHz boost clock. The card is configured with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory that operates along a 256-bit bus interface and clocked at a frequency of 5.7 GHz that pumps out 182.4 GB/s bandwidth.  Factory overclocked cards are expected to breach the 1 GHz core clock and further boost the memory clock up to 6.00 GHz with bandwidth of 192.00 GB/s. The Antigua XT has a peak compute performance of 4.00 TFLOPs in single precision and 0.25 TFLOPs in double precision work loads.

The card being based on the latest GCN 1.2 iteration which is the same GCN (Graphics Core Next) revision as the Fiji graphics core is fully compliant with features like Color Compression, Vulkan API support and DirectX 12 API support. The card packs 8 ACE units (Asynchronous Compute Engines) which allows tasks to be submitted and processed by shader units inside GPUs simultaneous and asynchronously in a multi-threaded fashion. Furthermore, the card comes with the latest XDMA CrossFire technology that allows multi-GPU functionality between one or more cards of the same kind effectively. The card will feature a TDP of 190W but is expect to raise with factory overclocked options. Power is provided to several variants through a dual 6-Pin power input but some cards will require a 8+6 Pin configuration to meet the overclocking requirements.

AMD Radeon R9 380X Performance Numbers:

The Radeon R9 380X is an interesting card as it bests every card beneath it or close to it. The card is not going to compete against the $299+ graphics card and neither the sub-$200 market. It has a market of its own and the only graphics card NVIDIA has in this price range are the 4 GB models of their GeForce GTX 960 which are quite a bit slower than the Radeon R9 380X as the official AMD benchmarks put it. But from a non-official view, we can expect similar results as the Radeon R9 380X is a really beefed up graphics card with tons of graphics power available on it. The Radeon R9 380X uses the same memory compression techniques used on Maxwell architecture to conserve bandwidth but still has loads of bandwidth available for the GPU and a bigger bus interface of 256-bit compared to 128-bit bus interface. This means that the card will be able to keep up in AAA titles on higher resolution and boast better performance with added textures. AMD themselves advertise the Radeon R9 380X as a 1440P graphics card. It can run games on that resolution but most users will have to keep some settings toned down to get decent frame rates but 1080P gaming would be smooth as butter.

Some performance benchmarks straight from AMD show that the card can keep up 50+ FPS on several current generation titles at 1440P while maintaining a 60+ FPS rate on 1080P resolution. A table below shows off the di section of the performance numbers in better detail. Similarly in Firestrike, the R9 380X has a higher lead when compared to the R9 380 and GTX 960 but slower than the Radeon R9 290 / 390 graphics card. The card scores around 4100 Marks, in comparison, the R9 290 / 390 have a score of 4700+ 3DMarks while both the GTX 960 and R9 380 have scores of around 3500 marks.

AMD Radeon R9 380X DirectX 12 and 3DMark Performance Charts:

AMD Radeon R9 380X DirectX 12 Performance

AMD Wants GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 760 Owners To Upgrade To Radeon R9 380X

It seems like AMD is directly competing against NVIDIA as they want NVIDIA’s old Kepler GPU owners to upgrade to their new R9 380X graphics card since NVIDIA didn’t brought anything interesting in this price market. In all the official benchmarks posted by AMD, it can be seen that the card is directly compared to GeForce GTX 760 and GTX 660 aside from the new GTX 960 graphics card. The GeForce GTX 660 and 760 launched back in 2012/2013 and were great cards for their performance.

Both of these cards entered the US$ 250 market but NVIDIA didn’t introduce a new part in this market with their Maxwell lineup. The 4 GB GTX 960 offers little improvement over the 2 GB variants hence NVIDIA might launch a faster GM204 Maxwell part in this market or they would have to loose the market share to AMD till their next-generation Pascal GPU arrives, in 2016.

AMD Radeon R9 380X Gaming Performance:

1080P Benchmarks (Max Details w/AAF) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 AMD Radeon R9 380X
Alien Isolation 72 FPS 84 FPS 90 FPS
Batman Arkham Origins 68 FPS 60 FPS 73 FPS
Battlefield Hardline 76 FPS 90 FPS 98 FPS
Bioshock Infinite 70 FPS 76 FPS 96 FPS
Civilization Beyond Earth 62 FPS 86 FPS 95 FPS
Dragon Age Inqusition 65 FPS 80 FPS 85 FPS
Far Cry 4 56 FPS 70 FPS 72 FPS
GTA V 55 FPS 69 FPS 73 FPS
Metro Last Light 56 FPS 70 FPS 73 FPS
Shadow Of Mordor 58 FPS 65 FPS 78 FPS
Sleeping Dogs 50 FPS 58 FPS 70 FPS
Thief 45 FPS 70 FPS 78 FPS
Tomb Raider 60 FPS 73 FPS 80 FPS
Witcher 3 47 FPS 66 FPS 68 FPS

AMD Radeon R9 380X Firestrike Performance:

  AMD Radeon HD 7850 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 AMD Radeon R9 270X AMD Radeon R9 380 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 AMD Radeon R9 380X
3DMark Firestrike (1080P) 4500 Marks 4700 Marks 5850 Marks 5970 Marks 7300 Marks 7500 Marks 8180 Marks
3DMark Firestrike (1440P) 2100 Marks 2200 Marks 2870 Marks 2900 Marks 3500 Marks 3550 Marks 4100 Marks

AMD Radeon R9 380X Custom Models:

Image Credits/Sources: Videocardz, Zol.com.cn and Nl.Hardware.info

XFX Radeon R9 380X GameSoul Unboxing:

Powercolor Radeon R9 380X PCS+ Unboxing:

AMD Radeon R9 380X “Antigua XT” Specifications:

  AMD Radeon R9 380 AMD Radeon R9 380X AMD Radeon R9 390 AMD Radeon R9 390X
GPU Name Antigua Pro Antigua XT Hawaii Pro Hawaii XT
Die Size 359mm² 359mm² 438mm² 438mm²
Compute Units 28 32 60 64
Stream Processors 1792 2048 2560 2816
ROPs 32 32 40 44
TMUs 112 128 160 176
Clock Speed 970 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1050 MHz
Texture Fill Rate 108.64 GT/s 124.26 GT/s 160.0 GT/s 184.8 GT/s
Peak Compute (FP32) 3.48 TFLOPs 3.97 TFLOPs 5.1 TFLOPs 5.9 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 - 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Clock 5.5 - 5.7 GHz 5.7 GHz 6.0 GHz 6.0 GHz
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit 512-bit
Bandwidth 176.2 / 182.4 GB/s 182.4 GB/s 384 GB/s 384 GB/s
TDP 190W 190W 275W 275W
Launch Price $199 US $229 US $329 $429
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