Radeon R9 380 class competitor to the GeForce GTX 960, both versions come in 4GB GDDR5, but AMD solution usually turns out to be more efficient. Sapphire Nitro also boasts a pretty good overclocking result (1090/6400 MHz), although beyond doubt GeForce sets standards here. A little surprising the highest level of temperature and volume of the test equipment, but the work culture Sapphire Radeon R9 380 Nitro is generally very decent. Described model currently costs less than $ 1000, being one of the cheapest overclocked R9 380 centers offering 4GB GDDR5, acting quite interesting alternative to GeForce GTX 960 4GB priced at 920-930 dollars.
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon™ R9 380 4G D5
The SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon™ R9 380 features the latest version of our award winning Dual-X cooler now with dual ball bearings in both of the fans for higher reliability and enhanced Intelligent Fan Control (IFC-II) which turns off the fans for silent operation under light load. Its industry leading 10cm fans and diecast heatsink design keeps the card running cool even under the most demanding applications, and the use of long life capacitors and SAPPHIRE Black Diamond chokes contribute to consistent performance and high reliability. Based on the latest GCN architecture from AMD, the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 380 supports DirectX 12, TrueAudio, AMD FreeSync and Ultra HD. With a 4GB frame buffer and a SAPPHIRE Performance Index of 3 it is guaranteed to deliver a great gaming experience in high detail at 1080p and beyond.
Introducing AMD LiquidVR
LiquidVR™ is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” — a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.” Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR™ uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.
AMD Freesync technology
No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.
AMD FreeSync™ technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing or stuay.
Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync Eliminates screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency
- Synchronizes the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the frame rate of your content, however much it varies
- Monitor partners are validating with drivers from AMD now
DirectX® 12 is a new, “console-like” graphics API from Microsoft® that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or “explicit” control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon™ GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX® 12 game.
AMD Eyefinity Technology
Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment
We are taking you beyond the boundaries of traditional PC displays. AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).
Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon™ graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too.1 Create your dream display.
Black Diamond Choke
To ensure best stability SAPPHIRE special products utilize Black Diamond Chokes. The choke is an important component of the power regulation on a graphics card, and the SAPPHIRE Black Diamond Choke with integral heatsink runs 10% cooler and with 25% more power efficiency than a normal choke.
16K Hours Capacitor
High quality aluminum-made long life capacitor lengthens the life time of the product. Improved reliability and better overclocking are possible by using only high-polymer, aluminum capacitors which possess far superior characteristics than regular aluminum capacitor for a longer product life. When operational temperatures drop by 20°C, the product life span is extended by a factor of ten, when the operational temperature increases by 20°C, the product life span only decreases by 10%.
Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.
Intelligent Fan Control II
Intelligent fan control allows one or more fans to be stopped for lower noise when the card is under light load and automaticaly restarted when the card temperature rises
In summary, the Radeon R9 380 Nitro 4 GB is an interesting offer in the upper middle class. The main advantage of the construction Sapphire is thought cooling system, which allows seizure of technological differences that separate tested accelerator and competitive Maxwell. Minor attention raises the conservative factory overclocking, but it is a matter of catching up to do on their own. Realized price is difficult to comment - 4-gigabyte R9 380 Nitro is priced at a similar altitude as copyright GTX'y 960 with the same amount of memory. Proposal for AMD performance speaks to the default settings, but NVIDIA successfully defends a more favorable ratio of performance / watt and larger buffer for overclocking . Which card is better to choose? The decision largely depends on the preferences, so better to take it on their own.
In the benchmarks, 1,920 x 1,080 seemed to be where this card performs best. Scores in Dying Light were very respectable at both the low and high resolutions, though if you plan to play more demanding games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, plan to reduce settings or limit your resolution to 1080p to get the best experience. Gamers looking for a lot of performance for not a lot of scratch will find lots to love about SAPPHIRE’s NITRO R9 380.
18th June 2015 – Today SAPPHIRE Technology introduces a new line of graphics cards based on the latest Graphics Core Next architectures from AMD. The new SAPPHIRE NITRO series is an evolution of our market-leading, award-winning, high-end graphics card technology developed with features designed to be attractive to the majority of PC gamers. At the same time, SAPPHIRE will also promote a new community website for gaming enthusiasts – SAPPHIRE NATION.