The Test

For the review of the R9 380X we’ve had to make a few accommodations to our GPU testing protocol since our last major video card review, which we'd like to note.

Civilization: Beyond Earth has been deprecated, as the Rising Tide update has removed the built-in “lategameview” benchmark. Meanwhile AMD’s launch drivers for the R9 380X, Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta, are unfortunately not as solid as we’d like to see, as they have a repeatable issue with Far Cry 4 that causes it to crash with various AMD cards, including the R9 380X. As a result we’re unable to benchmark Far Cry 4 on the 380X at this time. Finally, we’re also unable to include compute benchmarks for R9 380X at reference clocks, as AMD’s drivers do not honor underclocking options with OpenCL programs.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.2GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Professional
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
Hard Disk: Samsung SSD 840 EVO (750GB)
Memory: G.Skill RipjawZ DDR3-1866 4 x 8GB (9-10-9-26)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition
Monitor: Asus PQ321
Video Cards: AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon R9 380X
AMD Radeon R9 380
AMD Radeon R7 370
AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon HD 7850
ASUS STRIX R9 380X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (2GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Video Drivers: NVIDIA Release 358.50 Beta
AMD Catalyst Cat 15.11.1 Beta
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
Meet the ASUS STRIX R9 380X OC Battlefield 4
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  • funkforce - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    Haha, funny you should ask that...

    Check the comments...

    January 2015
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/8923/nvidia-launches...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/9547/nvidia-launches...

    http://www.anandtech.com/comments/9390/the-amd-rad...

    "jeffrey - Thursday, July 02, 2015 - link
    Ryan Smith, any update on GTX 960
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    Ryan Smith - Thursday, July 02, 2015 - link
    As soon as Fury is out of the way. "

    http://www.anandtech.com/comments/9621/the-amd-rad...
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  • extide - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    Looks like you missed a comment, because there was one at one point that said that there will not be a 960 review. I don't have a direct link to it because I'm not obsessed with the topic, but yeah, it was said. Reply
  • funkforce - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    You're right, I don't know when that was said. I waited months for that review, because I trust the unbiased reviews here and wanted to buy a new graphics card based on info I could count on.
    And I just really don't like when you keep promising things, stringing your readers on, and then never delivering. I don't care if the review gets posted, it's just how it was handled. I've been raised that a person's word means something (he told me personally on twitter that he would do it). And I'm sure you could go on that this is the internet etc. but when you've been reading a site since it's start, it's content means something, at least to me. I guess it's why we're all here to some extent. If you go back on your word, then you should at least let ppl. know, a bit more officially, than in a comment section of, I would assume, another article.
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  • Samus - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    The problem with reviewing the GTX960 is the drivers have been optimizing around improving its performance all year, and every single card performs so different. The GTX960 overclocks incredibly well, some people hit 1400MHz is the board has the right power configuration. This is why you hear people talk about the GTX960 completely trumping the R9 28x/38x's when in reality, both GPU's give and take blows in various games at stock.

    But when overclocked, the GTX960 is a bit faster than an overclocked R9 28x/38x. I think this causes a lot of reviewers to tip-toe around these cards. And when you consider a GTX960 with 4GB is over $200 and a GTX970 with 4GB (er technically 3.5GB) is $260-$280 after rebate, it becomes muddled.
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  • OrphanageExplosion - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - link

    I own the GTX 960. Mine hits 1450MHz easily. I think they all do because temps and power consumption barely budge. I also own the R9 380 in 4GB configuration.

    Drivers have barely improved the 960 performance and the 380 is faster in almost every game I own. Overclocking gets the 960 to parity, or slightly better to a small extent where you can't really tell the difference.

    Of the two I'd take the 960 simply due to the efficiency, but driver updates have really made no difference to anything other than the games they were optimised for. Library titles have seen no improvement.
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  • dananski - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    I also waited a while, checking the site often. I think I spotted some 960 benchmarks slipped into some analysis article on here many months later, but no post to say they'd been done, let alone a full review.

    It's not just the graphics section either. I really don't get why there are so many announcements and so few reviews on here these days. It's a shame because reviews like this one here are the reason I like AnandTech so much.
    Reply
  • olivaw - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    I wanted the GTX 960 reviewed because it seems to be pretty good for an HTPC, since the power consumption is lower than most chips. I know the card is good, but I wanted an AnandTech review :) Reply
  • drwhoglius - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    From Steam Hardware Survey http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/directx/

    October 2015 results

    GTX 970 3.80%
    GTX 960 2.16%

    R9 200 Series 1.06%
    R9 300 Series not yet measurable (or too new to be measured as GTX 950 isn't measured either)
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  • Tikcus9666 - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    Power difference is irrelevant in desktop PC's a 75W difference... 20 hours of usage at Full load is ~20p in the UK

    a 1000 hours of gaming (a years worth?) for an extra £10

    This does not factor in some of this usage is in Winter months, so the extra heat generated reduces the amount of heat required from other sources, thus reducing other heating costs
    Reply
  • jasonelmore - Monday, November 23, 2015 - link

    what about idle power consumption? which uses 24/7 365 days.

    it can add up
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