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Sapphire R9 380 Nitro 4GB Review

Rating: 8.0.

For many, the R9 Fury X and GTX980Ti are fantasy solutions – dream cards most of us will never be able to afford. What if you only have £200 to spend and need a new graphics card that can handle resolutions up to 1440p? Today we look at the latest Sapphire R9 380 Nitro which is priced to go head to head against Nvidia’s GTX960.

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The matte black finished Nitro series is new for Sapphire – and KitGuru had very positive experiences with their R9 390 Nitro 8GB back in July. The R9 380 is a lower cost solution aimed at a much wider enthusiast audience – after all £200 is seen as an affordable sweet spot for many gamers.

The Sapphire R9 Nitro 4GB we are analysing today is priced at £179.99 inc vat at Overclockers UK.

GPU R9 390X R9 290X R9 390 R9 290 R9 380 R9 285
Launch June 2015 Oct 2013 June 2015 Nov 2013 June 2015 Sep 2014
DX Support 12 12 12 12 12 12
Process (nm) 28 28 28 28 28 28
Processors 2816 2816 2560 2560 1792 1792
Texture Units 176 176 160 160 112 112
ROP’s 64 64 64 64 32 32
Boost CPU Clock 1050 1000 1000 947 970 918
Peak GFLOPS (SP) 5914 5632 5120 4849 3476 3290
Memory Clock 6000 5000 6000 5000 5700 5500
Memory Bus (bits) 512 512 512 512 256 256
Max Bandwidth (GB/s) 384 320 384 320 182.4 176
Memory Size (MB) 8192 4096 8192 4096 4096 2048
Transistors (mn) 6200 6200 6200 6200 5000 5000
TDP (watts) 275 290 275 275 190 190

The Antigua Pro (formerly Tonga) core on the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro is clocked at 985mhz and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory is running at 1,450MHz (5.8Gbps effective). Sapphire have opted for minor increases on both core and memory clocks, compared against the reference design.

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