Heaven Benchmark with its current version 4.0 is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system’s potential under maximum heat output. It provides completely unbiased results and generates true in-game rendering workloads across all platforms.
Starting out on Unigine Heaven the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition shows that it’s higher Factory OC is giving it a little advantage over lower clocked video cards.
Upping the ante to 1440p the XFX Video card pulls the top slot in the R9 380 4G group but the differences are so small they could be nothing more than minor variations in the test runs.
Settings for Unigine Heaven
Unigine Heaven Settings
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Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today.
Fire Strike Ultra 2160p
FireStrike Ultra is the most demanding of the 3DMark tests and it really shows the advantage of the 256-bit bus feeding 4G of memory giving the 380’s a big advantage over the 960 pack. Our XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition gave us a score of 2093 which is slightly higher than the lower clocked 380’s we’ve tested.
FireStrike Extreme (1440p)
Drop down to FireStrike Extreme where less video memory is required and the score difference between the GTX 960’s and the R9 380’s shrinks to a hundred points or so. If you look at the FIreStrike Ultimate then the Firestrike Extreme you can easily see the difference the wider memory bus and 4G of GDDR5 really makes.
FireStrikegives a little better scaling for the more Mainstream GPU’s and the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition socres a 8421 which puts it barely on top the 380 pack.
Set in 1912, the game has protagonist, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the floating air city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two become involved with the city’s warring factions: the nativist and elite Founders that rule Columbia and strive to keep its privileges for White Americans, and the Vox Populi, underground rebels representing the underclass of the city. During this conflict, Booker learns that Elizabeth possesses strange powers to manipulate “Tears” in the space-time continuum that ravage Columbia, and soon discovers her to be central to the city’s dark secrets.
BioShock Infinite isn’t that hard for GPU’s to run but it scales well and the XFX R( 380 4G DD Black Edition hits 84.2FPS and as usual is positioned between the GTX 960 and the R9 290.
Move up to 1440p and the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition is still cranking at 65.6FPS and stays on top the pack of R9 380’s.
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Battlefield 4™ on PC, powered by the advanced technology of DICE’s proprietary Frostbite™ 3 engine, blurs the line between game and glory. With dynamic destructable environments, vehicular combat, and the chaos of all-out-war with 64 players, Battlefield 4 on PC is an unmatched interactive experience.
In addition to its hallmark multiplayer, Battlefield 4 features an intense, dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad’s struggle to find its way home.
There is no comparison. Immerse yourself in the glorious chaos of all-out war, found only in Battlefield.
Battlefield 4 is pretty brutal on Video Cards and at 4K resolution the R9 380’s just can’t cut it but they are in good company as only 3 of our GPU’s got above 30FPS.
Drop to 1440p and the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition is well into playable frame rates showing just how versatile the R9 380’s really are.
Here at 1080p which is still the most used resolution for gaming the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition produced 53.72 FPS and if you think about it the R9 380 just isn’t that far behind the R9 290.
Battlefield 4 Settings
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The game follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American of Nepali origin who returns to his native country of Kyrat (presently in Nepal) to spread his deceased mother’s ashes. Kyrat was an autonomous state in the Himalayas ruled by separate Kyrati Kings. Kyrat is derived from Kirati, a collection of Himalayan people originating from Tibet bordering the Himalayas. Ajay finds the country in a state of civil war between Kyrat’s Royal Army led by the country’s eccentric and tyrannical king Pagan Min and the Golden Path, a rebel movement fighting to free Kyrat from Min’s oppressive rule. The choices Ajay makes will determine the fate of Kyrat. This story has been inspired by the ten-year-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal.
FarCry 4 at 1080p has the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition in at 34.5FPS and at 1080p the game just isn’t that demanding on video memory and the GTX 960’s are running close behind the 380’s.
Pop up to 1440p and the R9 380’s pop a little out ahead of the GTX 980’s leveraging their 4G of memory and wider bus. The biggest difference between the GTX 960’s and the 380’s design concept the GTX 960 was designed for 1080p and the R9 380 4G was designed to let you game at a higher resolution but in some cases you may have to dial down the eye candy a little.
FarCry 4 Settings
Metro Last Light
Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033. Published by Ukrainian game studio 4A Games, it is set in the same post-apocalyptic future as its predecessor, where mankind tries to survive in the underground of Moscow’s Metro. The story takes you through claustrophobic tunnels where you fight both humans and mutants. Each step takes you closer toward revealing a dark future and the possibility to prevent it.
Just like in the last title, the 4A Engine is used. It fully supports DirectX 11, Tessellation and Physics, we test with Physics turned off.
Metro Last light is another of those graphically demanding games and at the very high quality settings we use at 1080p the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition gives us 44.13FPS.
Jumping to 1440p the XFX video card gives us 26.9FPS at these demanding video settings so a few small adjustments to the video quality and the XFX R9 380 4G DD would be churning out playable FPS.
Metro: Last Light Settings
Crysis 3 is the Fourth installment in the Crysis series. It is was released on February 19th, 2013 in North America, and February 21st in Europe. It was made using CryENGINE 3 and published by Electronic Arts.
Just an editorial note, Crysis 3 running CryEngine 3 at very high settings kills the FPS of GPU’s so badly no real comparison can be made so we use medium settings. When EA catches up with reality and better optimizes the game we’ll gladly retest at Uber High Settings.
To get any useful scaling on Crysis 3 we had to go to medium settings which is a bit ridicules for EA to program graphics so demanding that current GPU’s can’t deal with the horribly optimised game at playable FPS using high settings. With the compromised video settings the XFX R9 380 4G DD Black Edition hit 49.53FPS and graphically speaking the game was still pretty stunning even at these settings.
Push to 1440p using reasonable graphics settings and the XFX Black Edition R9 380 gives us 35.2FPS and the R9 380’s all turn out playable frame rates while even at these settings the GTX 960’s fell short.
Crysis 3 Settings