Beef up your PC for high-resolution gaming with the ASUS Strix Radeon R9 380 Graphics Card. With its 2GB of GDDR5 vRAM and an overclocked 990 MHz GPU core with 1792 stream processors, the Radeon R9 380 is capable of driving displays with resolutions up to cinema 4K (4096 x 2160). This allows for gameplay in HD and above-HD resolutions and streaming of 4K content from sites like YouTube and Netflix. Not only for gaming, the R9 380 GPU is based on AMD's GCN architecture and supports APIs such as OpenCL and OpenGL. These APIs can take advantage of the GPU's 1792 Stream Processors to accelerate parallel computing tasks, taking some of the processing load off of the CPU.
The ASUS Strix Radeon R9 380 2GB ships with an out-of-the-box factory overclock of 990MHz, a notch up from the 975MHz on the reference card. But while the reference card supposedly comes with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, the version of the ASUS card we have with us has only 2GB of memory.
As this is a custom card, it also features ASUS’ dual-slot DirectCU II cooler and a solid metal backplate that we really like. The brushed metal plate confers pleasant heft to the card and prevents the PCB from flexing.
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- Core Clock 990 MHz
- 1 x Native DVI-I 1 x Native DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
- 1792 Stream Processors
- PCI Express 3.0
The card has been designed to be a match for Full HD gaming, up-to 1080P, with 2GB models, you probably shouldn't go higher anyway. The reality though is that the Radeon R9 380 performance wise honestly is at Radeon HD 7950 / 280 / 285 like performance yet with only 2 GB of graphics memory.
The ASUS STRIX model card comes with HDMI, DisplayPort and two DVI monitor connectors so all the bases are covered.
Overall the card can pop out roughly 3.5 TFLOPS is single precision performance. The card has a TDP (peak power consumption) ranked at just under 200 Watt.
- 4K Support
- Display graphics, games, and video in UHD (3840 x 2160) and Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) for increased detail on 4K resolution displays. Games which support 4K resolutions will display greater detail for enhanced realism and reduced artifacts. 4K video from services such as Netflix and YouTube can deliver full resolution video for an enhanced media experience.
- AMD's Virtual Super Resolution is a scaling utility. It uses the GPU architecture in order to take advantage of 4K capabilities with lower screen resolutions by having the graphics card render at higher resolutions and then intelligently down-sample the output to fit the smaller screen. Aliasing and jagged artifacts are reduced on down-scaled rendering compared to a native resolution rendering.
- FreeSync Technology
- AMD's FreeSync Technology allows for communication between the graphics card and a monitor with FreeSync support. Having this communication enables the monitor to dynamically adjust its refresh rate to the frame rate being output by the graphics card, thereby greatly reducing tearing, stuttering, and other artifacts.
- AMD Eyefinity is a multi-display utility which allows you to arrange multiple displays on your desktop. Having multiple displays can increase productivity and also provide a more immersive gaming experience.
- AMD's Frame Rate Target Control lets you select a target frame rate for the graphics card to maintain. Since the graphics card only has to work as hard as necessary to generate a set frame rate, rather than try to attain unnecessarily high frame rates, game-play will be smoother.
- AMD's CrossFire works with compatible motherboards and allows you to install and combine two of the same GPUs to split the processing load and render graphics with improved frame rates and image quality in supported applications.
- PowerTune Technology
- AMD's PowerTune Technology allows the GPU to run at higher clock speeds with sufficient thermal headroom. PowerTune will intelligently adjust the clock speed when the GPU's temperature and power consumption to give the best performance possible at a given temperature.
- ZeroCore Power Technology
- Shuts down the GPU when not in use to greatly reduce power usage while the card is idle.
- TrueAudio Technology
- AMD TrueAudio Technology allocates GPU processing to audio, allowing for greater overall audio processing for advanced audio sequences, especially in games.
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