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AMD gives gamers more choice with the Radeon R9 380X

By Koh Wanzi - on 19 Nov 2015, 10:00pm

AMD expands Radeon 300 series line-up with Radeon R9 380X

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The year may be drawing to a close, but AMD’s not done yet! Following on the announcement that it was ditching its Catalyst-branded drivers, AMD has now unveiled the Radeon R9 380X, a new and more powerful card for the mainstream market.

Unlike the Radeon R9 380, the R9 380X will feature a fully enabled Antigua XT GPU with 2,048 stream processors, 128 texture mapping units, and higher clock speeds. It appears primed to close the gap between the US$199 Radeon R9 380 and US$329 R9 390, providing more options for gamers to choose from. And at US$229, it also comes in at a rather palatable price.

Here’s a look at the card’s reference specifications:

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However, do note that AMD isn’t releasing a reference version of the card (for the local market at least), so the first you’ll see of the card is when custom versions roll out from add-in card partners, complete with custom coolers, factory overclocks, and other upgrades.

As it stands, cards are already waiting in the wings from the likes of ASUS, Gigabyte, PowerColor, Sapphire, and a few others.

The Radeon R9 380X is targeted at gamers who want to play at 1440p resolutions, while the Radeon R9 390 and up are aimed at 4K and VR applications.

AMD is claiming up to 58fps on the recently-launched Star Wars: Battlefront (1440p, High preset) in the Endor Survival mission. That’s a fairly decent result, but the test system was running the ultra high-end Intel Core i7-5960X processor, and we’re betting not many of the mainstream crowd own an Intel X99 system. Still, even if you don’t have a Haswell-E processor, it looks like the R9 380X is set to deliver a fairly playable experience at 1440p.

So how does it really fare? Check out our full review!

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