The final details of AMD's latest Radeon R9 380X graphics card have been revealed, confirming the launch date and specifications. The Radeon R9 380X will be the latest addition to the Radeon 300 series lineup, introducing great 1080P performance at the sweet spot pricing for mainstream gamers. Based on the GCN 1.2 architecture, 380X will also feature all the latest technologies implemented on AMD's top of the line Fiji graphics core.
AMD Radeon R9 380X Specifications and Pricing Confirmed - $249 US With Tuned Antigua XT GPU
First thing we want to confirm is that the Radeon R9 380X is going to hit retail for an official MSRP of $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. 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 $249 US solution, 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 Crossfir 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.
AMD Radeon R9 380X AIBs Prepped Custom Variants:
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 220W 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.
As for custom variants and performance, we have already seen a variety of non-reference cards from Sapphire, XFX, ASUS and Gigabyte. Other AMD AIB's such as PowerColor, HIS, VTX3D, Club3D, MSI will also have custom solutions readily available tomorrow in retail channels. Performance as we have determined earlier will fall in between the Radeon R9 380 and Radeon R9 390 as the 380X fills up both the performance and price gap set in between both cards. Personally speaking, I expect the Radeon R9 380X to be a great 1080P graphics card with a bunch of features that will be available to users along with support in the latest Crimson drivers which are also launching this week.
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|
|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|
|Bandwidth||176.2 / 182.4 GB/s||182.4 GB/s||384 GB/s||384 GB/s|
|Launch Price||$199 US||$229 US||$329||$429|