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 the 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.