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A great price/performance ratio Radeon GPU


The Good

  • Great for 1080p PC gaming
  • Affordable price
  • Decent overclocking performance
  • Good alternative for the GTX 970

The Bad

  • Mediocre performance gain
  • from Radeon R9 380
7.5 Design
7.5 Features
8.0 Performance
9.0 Value

Design Aspect

The SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x comes with high-efficiency, Dual-X cooling fans, featuring ball bearings for a smooth and long lasting operation. And just like ASUS’s Strix portfolio, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x turns off the fans when under light load for a silent operation. The GPU chip is coupled with a new 10mm heat pipe, which SAPPHIRE claims can handle 90W thermal dissipation. However, the maximum reported temperature of the SAPPHIRE was 44 degrees.

For better longevity and overclocking opportunities, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x comes chipped with special high quality aluminum capacitors and Black diamond chokes. As for the ports, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x features one DVI-I port, one DVI-D port, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort. The graphics card requires 2 x 6-pin AUX power connectors. A neat looking backplate is also included to protect the chipset and components.

GPU Specifications

Last year, we reviewed the ASUS Strix Radeon 380 graphic card based on the Tonga PRO GPU clocked at 990 MHz, along with 1792 stream processors. That card was positioned as an alternative for the NVIDIA GTX 960. The new Radeon 380X sports a faster Tonga XT GPU that works with 2048 stream processors.

And in this case, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x GPU is clocked at 1040 MHz speed, along with the memory clock set at 6000 MHz for the 4GB GDDR5 RAM (256-bit memory bus). We recently published an overclocking video guide on how to successfully bring out the best of the card, and we used the same SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x for the project. Our testbed includes an MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard, an Intel i7-3770K processor, 8GB GSkill RipJaws DDR3 RAM (2x 4GB), and a Kingston 240GB Hyper X SSD running Windows 10 Pro OS.

During our overclocking sessions, we were able to reach a stable core clock speed of 1192 MHz, along with a memory clock of 6333 MHz.  We used Futuremark’s 3D Mark FireStrike benchmark software. Games used to benchmark include Tomb Raider 2013,BioShock InfiniteMetro Last LightMiddle Earth: Shadow of MordarBatman Arkham KnightGTA 5Rainbow Six SiegeCrysis 2Crysis 3Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and Star Wars Battlefront. Graphics settings were tuned to max for most titles, although some games such as Crysis 3 were sort of set down a bit.

3D Mark FireStrike Benchmark

We tested the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x on all three FireStrike modes- the standard FireStrikeFireStrike Extreme, and 4K FireStrike Ultra. While the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x bagged a FireStrike score of 8049, the overclocked performance reached up to 8739 points. Not bad, right?

Games Benchmark

For 1080p based PC gaming, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x performed fairly well in our gaming tests. Tomb Raider 2013 ran at 118fps on average, BioShock Infinite at 83fps, GTA 5 at 54fps, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 at 69fps, Crysis 2 at 65fps, and Star Wars Battlefront at 75fps. However, Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light was a bit taxing at 33fps, and 34fps, respectively.

We used Rainbow Six Siege and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordar for overclocking sessions. At normal speeds, Rainbow Six Siege ran at 99fps average, and when overclocked, the game ran at an impressive 117fps. Similarly, Shadow of Mordar ran at 67fps when overclocked, and its normal performance was 61fps on average.


With the price/performance graphics card market competition getting hotter, it’s evident that AMD is bringing out its best to counter the likes of NVIDIA’s offering such as the GTX 960, and the impressive GTX 970. And we think the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x is a great option for those who don’t want to overly spend for a great PC gaming experience.

The SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x cost approx. AED 973

Tbreak Staff

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The SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380X 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. 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 Radeon R9 380X 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 is the entry point for 1440p gaming.

Name SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon 380x
Size 1 Slot
GPU Family AMD Radeon R9 300 Series
GPU Model AMD Radeon R9 380X
Number of Cores 192
Core Clock 1040 MHz
Memory Speed GDDR5 6000 MHz
Ports 1 x DVI-I, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Power 2 x 6-pin AUX Power Connector
Other Dual-X cooler

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