AMD’s Radeon R9 380X ‘Antigua XT’ Graphic Card Expected to Retail for $249 – Launching in Two Weeks


The upcoming AMD Radeon R9 380X has been the cause of speculation for the past year but we have managed to nail down pretty much all the details before its launch. As it turns out, the rather reliable hwbattle.com has offered the final piece of the jigsaw – the MSRP of the R9 380X. According to the publication, the Antigua powered Radeon R9 380X will retail for an MSRP of $249. The launch date is mentioned as well – stated to be November 15th through 19th depending on the region.

AMD's Radeon R9 380X with full blown Antigua core will have $249 MSRP

The Radeon R9 380X features a 256 bit memory bus and has been spotted countless times in the past – not only on AMD AIB websites but through leaks as well. It is quite possibly the least mysterious card that has been released by AMD. The last time we heard about it, we mentioned that it will be a while before the card appears in the consumer market – and it looks like that is going to happen on the 19th of November, which is when it should become available.

The card features a 256 bit memory bus and 4GB of GDDR5 memory as well as the GCN 1.2 architecture. The Antigua core is actually the revised Tonga core – full blown I might add and is technically the XT variant. While the Tonga XT variant is present in embedded solutions and the mobility side of things – it had yet to make its way over to the desktop side of things – so this is definitely not a rebrad, but rather a new launch.

The Antigua XT chip features 2048 stream processors, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The core clock and memory clock haven’t been confirmed yet but we do know that the bus width is going to be 256 bit. The display outputs will include a dual link DVI, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2.  It is worth noting that the card will feature the same DirectX 12 support as the Fury series – considering the GCN architecture used is the same.  The TDP of the graphic card is expected to be around the 200-220W range and should offer impressive performance and good overclocking headroom. According to the source, the NDA for the card will lift on the 19th of November, with regional launches taking place as early as the 15th of November.

Nvidia doesn’t really have a good rival product in this price range so this would definitely be a sweet spot for low budget gamers. The card’s Antigua XT core should be able to handle most modern games and the 4GB of vRAM will be more than enough even for today’s memory hogging titles. The Radeon R9 380X is a very good card to get for sub-4k gaming on a single card and an unmatched value product from AMD.

 AMD Radeon R9 380X
Compute Units32
Stream Processors2048
Clock Speed1000 - 1100 MHz
Memory Clock5.6 - 6.0 GHz
Memory Bus256-bit
Bandwidth176 - 192 GB/s
Die Size359mm²
Price $249 US?