Sapphire Nitro R9 380X Video Card Review and Compraison


16 Dec 2015, 04:05
Sapphire Nitro R9 380X Video Card Review and Compraison

Does Sapphire Nitro R9 380X worth buying?

Lets start off by having a look at the important specs of our Sapphire Nitro R9 380X.

It has 4 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory, 256 bit memory interface and at least a 970 megahertz core clock with support for DirectX 12, Volcan and mental APIs. Our review sample of the Sapphire Nitro edition featuring a 70 megahertz out-of-the-box overclock and a dual fan open air cooler and a plastic back plate.

You will need two six-pin PCI-Express power connectors to power this card:

For testing we compared this card to a number of other mid-range to high-end AMD to Nvidia cards. Lets take a look at the results.

The very first test was all about measuring the power draw and temperature at load. And as you can see on the picture below 380 X smacks in the moddle of AMD cards with 288 watts. Below you can see the Sapphire Nitro R9 380X compared with STRIX R9 390X, G1 R9 290X, R9 285 Compact and MSI Gaming R9 270:

Watts - Lower is Better

Degrees Celsius - Lower is Better

Frames per Second - Higher in Better

But just because this is a 1440p focus card doesn't mean that's what you have to use it for it if you're rocking with 1080p monitor and want to max out your games you can do so. This will force 380 X to give you between 53 and 70 FPS overall. But what about value? The information performance gain over the 960 does come at a cost of the time of this post the cheapest GTX 960 costs $55 less than the cheapest 380 X.

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