Sapphire R9 380 Nitro 4GB Graphics Card Review


Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 is definitely one of the most highly anticipated game releases this year, and as the follow-up to developer CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 – which was one of the most graphically intense PC game when it was released – it has some big shoes to fill.

We test on “High” with NVIDIA HairWorks set to “Geralt” only, and post-processing set to “High” with FXAA enabled, at both 1080p and 1440p.

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With the Witcher we can see our overclock taking the most effect for a 65% performance boost, after overclocking the experience was much better and we’re sure with some other settings turned down it can be a very playable experience at 1440P after clocking it.

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Here we see a much more playable experience at stock and our overclock doesn’t seem to help too much here.

If you are interested in playing Witcher 3 on this card, the good news is it handles it quite well at 1080P

Project CARS

Project CARS is easily one of the biggest titles out there in racing sims, with realistic weather conditions, advanced lighting effects, and physics.  Slightly Mad Studios has had a pedigree in making racing games and this one is no slouch.

We test on Nurmburg Ring  in ‘Stormy’ weather conditions at ‘High’ settings with all forms of AA off  at 1 both 440p and 1080P

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Here we note that our overclock gives us a nice boost 15% in average and maximum FPS but only 8% in minimum which is the most important side.

sapphire-380-nitro Project Cars 1080P

At 1080P however we see a much different story as there is virtually no difference in average and maximum FPS and we see a 10% boost in minimum. If you plan on running Project Cars we will tell you it runs much better outside of stormy weather.


While it isn’t an amazing 1440P card, it does do a solid job of being an entry level 1440P card and a very good 1080P card. With that being said we would love to see how two of these would stack up at 1440P VS a R9 390X or GTX 980.

Overall we were very impressed with this cards performance and it should compete very well with Nvidia’s GTX 960, if not beat it, while remaining in price parity. This is what we like to see from AMD and Sapphire.


While we had the card with us, one of the biggest selling points to us is how well VSR looked upscaling from 1080P to 1440P and we can see that this is something that should definitely be considered when purchasing this card.

We also strongly recommend if you can afford the extra cost of a Freesync monitor to go out and get one, the difference you get in active sync monitors is hard to get across in a written article, but we were absolutely blown away by the difference in smoothness with Freesync turned on.

If you aren’t the kind of person who needs to run games on max settings and is willing to turn down some of the quality presets at 1080P this is the card for you. We strongly recommend it due to Sapphire’s fantastic Dual-X shroud and quality of design. With that we give it a Technology X Silver Seal.

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Sapphire has long been known as one of AMD's best GPU partners, making some very incredible cards in the past like the Toxic 290X, which was one of the best cards available. Today we have Sapphire's R9 380 Nitro 4GB card, a value oriented card using a value oriented GPU, seems like a nice match lets see how well it stacks up! PACKAGING, PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS Taking a look at the front of the packaging, we can see this card features 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. It also features Saphires Dual-X cooling solution, as well as a factory overclock of…

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Packs a Punch!

We were very impressed with the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro's performance and it should compete very well with Nvidia's GTX 960, if not beat it, while remaining in price parity!

User Rating: 3.04 ( 82 votes)


  1. great card. My Son’s 290 started artifacting, and we ordered a 980ti hybrid, but was on backorder. so we grabbed a G1 gaming R9 380 4GB. we overclocked it to 1,000mhz core (990 stock) and the memory to 1500 (1425 stock) and it played GTA V at 1440P high everything, but no AA or post effects, at playable 40-60 FPS range.
    in fact it played so well. we grabbed another and crossfired them. we got Air cooled Fury speeds also beats 980 vanilla and it cost us $660 AU vs $999 AU for the Fury card! sick value. and they have the same chip minus the HBM. R9 380 has the same GCN 1.2 as the fury does. remember the 390 is GCN 1.1

  2. Maki Miranda Crosfirex

    Minha 270x com 1450mhz nas memoria,1280mhz no clock com e 50% de powertunner consigo mesmo avg dessa vga em stock

  3. I’m looking to upgrade my GPU from the ancient 6870. I still play 1080p and don’t need higher resolution. Is this card good enough to play MGS V at high settings?

    • Hi Bram, it should, although I don’t have the card on hand now I would say as long as the CPU can keep up with it it should handle it without issue 🙂

  4. Hello! I have just received my r9 380 4g. Didn’t expect thechanges from the review product… The version I have received now have 1010 Mhz default core clock. And an unexpected backplate. Yes a backplate that looks similar to the r9 390 version. Plus a free Dirt 3 game. Although I was wondering, r9 380 is under Gold Reward group which was listed as to receive 3 games but I only got 1. (Is this only for reference cards? see AMD Never Settle Promo).

    Anyway Photos of the backplate could be seen at the link below.

  5. Got mine for $200 AU, such a good deal

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