If you are looking for a video card to play all your PC games sometimes the choices become a bit daunting as there are now so many model numbers with different specs that to many is just like trying to read a foreign language. In this day and age the two major competitors are AMD and NVIDIA and the camps are pretty well divided with each side snubbing its nose at the other in one of the funniest pitched battles ever as at the end of the day its just a name brand not your family’s honor. NVIDIA has been on the top for quite some time, but AMD is in no way out of the race and that’s what this article is about.
The AMD XFX R9 380X hits the market at a very strange price point pivoting between the NVIDIA GTX 970 and 950 cards, which in my eyes was a very strange thing, but AMD fans seem to disagree as seen in the comments section of my video of this card. The 380X 4GB card is not quite the entry level AMD card, but it is one of their lower end gaming offerings. Coming in at about $249.00 the R9 380X 4GB card does a fine job at 1080p gaming and although not the coolest running card it still maintains a heat threshold that allows the card to run unfettered with just a little bit of room for overclocking.
Spec wise the XFX Black Edition R9 380X comes with a core clock speed of 1030Mhz, which is slightly overclocked from the standard 990MHz base speed, 20487 Stream processors 4GB of GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit memory interface with an effective memory clock of 5.8GHz. The maximum digital resolution is 2560X1600 by DVI or 4098x2160 with HDMI or DP. For cooling the card features a copper heatsink. Heatpipes and dual top mounted fans to keep the card running cool and quiet. The XFX R9 380X 4GB Black card has a very simple straight-ahead design that with its black and silver color scheme should go with just about any build.
Author: Elric Phares