Introducing The Radeon R9 380X
As much as we all love uber-powerful, high-end graphics cards around these here parts, it’s in the more mainstream price segments where AMD and NVIDIA sell the bulk of their GPUs. Although AMD’s mid-range GPU line-up has been relatively strong for a while now, the company is launching the new Radeon R9 380X today with the goal of taking down competing graphics cards like the popular GeForce GTX 960.
The Radeon R9 380X may be a new member of the Radeon family, but it’s packing technology we’re already familiar with. Take a look at the specifications below and then we’ll dig into the rest of this story and explain...
|Engine Clock||≥ 970 MHz|
|Compute Performance||3.97 TFLOPs|
|Texture Fill-Rate||124.26 GT/s|
|Pixel Fill-Rate||31.04 GP/s|
|Memory Configuration||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Speed / Data Rate||Up to 1,425MHz/5.7Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||Up to 182.4 GB/s|
|Power Connectors||2 x 6-pin|
|Typical Board Power||190W|
|PCI-E Standard||PCI-E 3.0|
|API Support||DirectX 12, Vulkan, Mantle|
|Virtual Super Resolution||Yes|
|Frame Rate Targeting Control||Yes|
The Radeon R9 380X has a fully-functional Tonga GPU with all 32 compute units / 2048 shader processors enabled (assuming 256-bits is the max width of the memory bus). AMD’s reference specifications call for a 970MHz+ engine clock with 4GB of 1425MHz GDDR5 memory (5.7 Gbps effective). Typical board power is 190W and cards require a pair of supplemental 6-pin power feeds. The vast majority of the Radeon R9 380X cards that will hit the market, however, will likely be custom models that are factory overlcocked and look nothing like AMD’s reference design.