ASUS Strix R9 380X Review

Conclusion

ASUS Strix R9 380X Review

Conclusion

You need a certain mentality to approach a card such as this. So before we get to some of the negative comparisons or thoughts, let's handle all the good things.

Unquestionably the ASUS Strix take on the R9 380X does the card as much justice as it could possibly get. The DirectCU II cooler is as fantastic here as it is in all our other experiences with it. Excellent build quality, gigantic heatpipe, plenty of fins and two powerful but quiet fans help keep things quiet. The temperatures, although higher than you might expect to find from the nVidia equivalent, are far better than we've seen from almost every other AMD card. It's a real testament to the design team.

If you look at the performance in a vacuum then the R9 380X has more than enough grunt for any gaming you wish to do at the most popular resolution of 1920x1080. We threw a stack of games at it from the elderly to the recent and it handled them all with aplomb. At around £199 you wont be disappointed as long as you keep your expectations realistic and don't attempt to run Fallout 4 on 4K Eyefinity screens. Your modest investment brings a card which runs everything just fine and has the benefits of AMDs Freesync technology too, should you own a monitor which supports it.

The negatives are more a product of the market and some of AMDs past issues than anything inherently wrong with the R9 380X.

Firstly AMD make it clear they are aiming this card to beat the GTX960. Whilst the nVidia offering is £40 or so cheaper it regularly matched and/or beat the R9 380X. nVidia are just a generation ahead of the current AMD GPU designs and thus this massive performance difference at their highest end (GTX980 Ti vs Fury X) trickles down to the lesser models where you have to pay more to AMD for the same performance. Secondly the small time frame between the release of the R9 2x0 range and the R9 3x0 range has limited the opportunities for AMD to rectify this performance deficit. Often in our graphs the R9 280X, a card one would hope wasn't as good as the sequel, found itself to be just that. Even the 270X stole a march in a couple of tests, although to that end so did the significantly cheaper GTX950. There are just too many Radeon cards with too little difference between them for any of them to stand out. A little thinning of the herd wouldn't go amiss.

The HD7970 was a magnificent card that genuinely challenged for the title of best single-GPU offering. Since then AMD have lost their way a little bit. Recovering that lost ground, particularly in the insanely fast development world of graphics cards, is not the job of a moment. However, with the R9 380X it's not a benchmark queen, but equally we don't want it to be. We want good gaming performance in a card that doesn't heat up the Universe or break the bank, and on that score it delivers. Albeit a little too perfectly that if it didn't use quite so much power and came in an nVidia box we would have thought it was the GTX965. ASUS in particular have worked their Strix magic on the card, keeping it quiet and as cool as we could reasonably expect, and so the R9 380X is awarded our OC3D Gamers Choice based purely on the fact that if you have £200 to spend it's not a bad purchase. If it was us with our own money though we would miss a night out or go cheap on Christmas presents and buy a GTX970. Harsh but true.

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19-11-2015, 12:19:48

dwatterworth
What the what?!?!
That thing must be the teenager of the AMD group, it's all over the place!
That has got to be the most confusing set of results ever, especially beating a 980 in one test???Quote

19-11-2015, 23:25:13

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by dwatterworth View Post
What the what?!?!
That thing must be the teenager of the AMD group, it's all over the place!
That has got to be the most confusing set of results ever, especially beating a 980 in one test???
Something is definitely wrong here in these tests. Every other review site consistently shows this card dominating the 960(it's closest Nvidia compeition) and every other card under the 390/970. It's the king of hill as far as it's price segment goes. Also all the reviews i have read aren't using the Strix(from what I have seen so far) and have had pretty good results in OC'ing hitting at least 1110/1600. This could suggest a bad Strix card OC3D received which would point towards the outlier results. It could also be a bad driver install but that wouldn't explain the OC'ing results so I'm thinking this is a bad card. But I would agree with you that these results surprised me too after reading other reviews.Quote

20-11-2015, 04:28:34

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Something is definitely wrong here in these tests. Every other review site consistently shows this card dominating the 960(it's closest Nvidia compeition) and every other card under the 390/970. It's the king of hill as far as it's price segment goes. Also all the reviews i have read aren't using the Strix(from what I have seen so far) and have had pretty good results in OC'ing hitting at least 1110/1600. This could suggest a bad Strix card OC3D received which would point towards the outlier results. It could also be a bad driver install but that wouldn't explain the OC'ing results so I'm thinking this is a bad card. But I would agree with you that these results surprised me too after reading other reviews.
We review what we get. 1110 isnt that much more than the stock clock we got and Id seriously think twice about benching it all again. I can assure though that their were no anomalies with our testing and we have reported it exactly how we should have.

Can only polish a rebrand so much matey. Meh card is meh. /end.Quote

20-11-2015, 13:02:20

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We review what we get. 1110 isnt that much more than the stock clock we got and Id seriously think twice about benching it all again. I can assure though that their were no anomalies with our testing and we have reported it exactly how we should have.

Can only polish a rebrand so much matey. Meh card is meh. /end.
This isn't a rebrand and calling it that is wrong. The previous 280x wasn't even using the same GCN architecture. There are a lot of underhood improvements between them and is why other reviews show this being faster than any other amd card that has 2048 cores but different GCN architectures. In addition to that it has more TMUs in comparison, It also consumes less power(from 30-50 watts depending on where you look) because it's more efficient just to top it off that its not a rebrand. You should know all this technical stuff dude.

Oh and in overclocking, 1110 was a conservative avg. I've seen some hit nearly 1150 and then over 6500 on the memory. All of them Nitro cards. I just think Asus again has made a bad amd card. Alternatively Sapphire could just be getting the best cores atm but seeing as how cool and quiet they are in comparison, it's up for debate on quality between the two. Imo sapphire just have the better card but I'm hoping XFX and MSI reviews are also as good as the Nitro has been.

I'm not saying you are lieing in the review but just in comparison to every other review yours is the only outlier result. It's just weird and strange is allQuote

20-11-2015, 14:49:29

tinytomlogan
Its not a bad card at all, its more than capable. The core at the heart isnt all that when tested how we doQuote
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