XFX R9 380 4G DD, XFX Review, XFX Rocks the DD Coolers Again! (R9-380P-4255)

Final Thoughts

The XFX R9 380 4G DD performed pretty well, the 4G of GDDR5 makes a big difference over 2G cardslike the GTX 960 which spent it’s benchmarking day looking at Award_Silverthe backside of the XFX R9 380 with its 256-bit wide buss and full 4 GB fo GDDR5. From this point on any card with just 2 GB of GDDR5 will be branded as a 1080p card and all the rage in gaming the fav resolution is 2560×1440. I have 1920 x 1200, 2560×1440 and 3840 x 2460 and frankly unless you run two expensive GPU’s the world isn’t ready for 4G gaming.

The XFX R9 380 4G will let you game comfortably up to 1440p and very high and high settings in most cases. When you game at 4G settings you will need to relax game settings or run two R9 380 4G in Xfire. If you think about it 380 Xfire isn’t a bad idea. Scaling isn’t perfect but a couple of cards in the $250 range making a $500 dollar graphics array with 4GB of GDDR5.

To get it out-of-the-way, yes the R9 380 is in a  way a re-badge. This however is not necesarily a bad thing as AMD and board partners  has been able to take the mature technology and improve it with higher clockspeeds, better cooling and more high-speed GDDR-memory with no to little price increase.

 

We like the XFX R9 380 4GB for its price, performance, and offering a lower cost option to those who want 4G of high-speed GDDR5. We believe AMD and XFX have un-intentionally created a sweet spot for 4GB GPU’s and if you are holding back the upgrade dollars we would suggest you break them out and buy an XFX R9 380 4G then sit back and wait on a price drop and then add a second card to your system.

ProsCons
  • Good Overclocking
  • Small Form Factor
  • DD Cooling System
  • Ghost Thermal Technology
  • Quiet Operation
  • Outperforms GTX 960
  • 4GB GDDR5
  • Win 10 Ready
  • DirectX 12
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Not a new Core

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4 comments

  1. I really hate your forced smooth scrolling on the website. It’s awful.

  2. “Lets just say we were happy with the noise levels and PowerColors Split fan design really delivers in cooling and sound suppression.”
    FYI – You might want to check that sentence.

    Nice Review and agree this is a card many should gravitate toward if on 3-5 year run @1080p, and believing in the near term they could see a 1440p panel on there desktop!

    Now lets hope panel manufactures can start offering in 1440p panels with FreeSync (nothing all that fancy) for more like $350 and give folks a nudge.

  3. How can you test PC products, which rely on heat, in a desert climate? These results are skewed so much. Most reviews give praise to the XFX’s cooling. Your overclocks are complete garbage. Maybe because…mmm. You’re in the desert?

    Before you write a review make sure you list that your climate is absolutely ridiculous in comparison to every other person who would purchase this card.

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