The ~$220 showdown, XFX R9 380 DD Black Edition OC 4GB versus the GTX 960

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2016 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 4GB, xfx, gtx 960

In one corner is the XFX R9 380 DD Black Edition OC 4GB, at factory settings and with an overclock of 1170MHz core and 6.4GHz memory and in the other corner is a GTX 960 with a 1178MHz Boost clock and 7GHz memory.  These two contenders will compete in a six round 1080p match featuring Fallout 4, Project Cars, Witcher 3, GTAV, Dying Light and BF4 to see which is worthy of your hard earned buckaroos.  Your referee for today will be [H]ard|OCP, tune in to see the final results.

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"Today we evaluate a custom R9 380 from XFX, the XFX R9 380 DD BLACK EDITION OC 4GB. Sporting a hefty factory overclock and the Ghost Thermal 3.0 custom cooling with Double Dissipation, we compare it to an equally priced reference GeForce GTX 960. Find out which video card provides the better bargain."

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January 26, 2016 | 12:43 AM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

At current 380X pricing - $220 / 210 after rebate - this is not making much sense.

January 26, 2016 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

1. NO.
2. Only Sapphire's 380X, in such of a case. It's the only truly worthwhile offering in that price window, as of right now.

January 26, 2016 | 04:55 PM - Posted by razor512

I hate when they do that highest playable settings crap. It makes it difficult to compare cards since the settings are different. It is difficult to have any useful info from those tests unless you have played the game in question, in addition to personally testing every setting individually for both ATI and Nvidia GPUs. E.g., how do you know when a setting has a huge performance impact with a very marginal graphical improvement? Also there is no standardization for game settings. Some may list the actual AA used while others may say low, medium, high, very high, ultra high, etc.

While it is good that they do the apples to apples test, but the highest playable stuff pretty much adds useless info that you have to scroll past.

Other than that, the 380x seems like a better deal ($220)

On a final note, The GTX 950 runs crysis 3 better than the 980ti (when you run the game at 640x480 resolution and the lowest settings for the 950, and 4K and max settings for the 980ti ) :)

January 26, 2016 | 08:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah that seems pretty stupid to me as well, seeing as both the cards are in the same price range (albeit there are some 380X's that are $220 but nevermind that) it's hardly a fair test at all when both cards aren't benchmarked with the same exact settings - it gives people the misconception that both cards are being tested on a level field.

I'm also confused why in HARDOCP benchmarks they only overclock one of two cards, and not both? Again, it seems extremely misleading to me.

There's a reason I don't go to HARDOCP for benchmark data and it is a somewhat disheartening to see it used as a source for PCPer.

January 27, 2016 | 09:24 AM - Posted by Kyle Tuck (not verified)

It has been nearly 10 years since I stopped (intentionally) visiting HardOCP. There have been the odd accidental clicks that landed me briefly on a HardOCP page, but that's it.

I'm not going to reference the article that really pushed me to stop reading anything at HardOCP because I refuse to participate in sending page hits their way.

Kyle at HardOCP is an unprofessional, sensationalistic ass. The crew here at pcper could be considered unprofessional sometimes (juvenile jokes and innuendos), but they are just playing around and having fun; the content is still valuable. Kyle B. is like a little kid throwing tantrums and calling people names. The articles lack objectivity, and the their benchmarking practices assume the readers don't know how to adjust settings on their own to make a game playable.

January 28, 2016 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The highest playable settings is the only reason to read a Hardocp review, not the apples to apples which you can see everywhere else.

Unfortunately their game selection is also so Gameworks skewed it's ridiculous and makes the results close to useless.

January 27, 2016 | 09:28 AM - Posted by Kyle Tuck (not verified)

Glad I picked up a $220 ($200 after rebate) 290 for my son just before Christmas. It was the Sapphire card with the notorious fan, but his case fan blows directly onto the card and the noise levels have not been a problem at all.

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