Sapphire R9 380 Nitro 4GB Graphics Card Review


Tomb Raider (2013)

The most recent iteration of Crystal Dynamic’s long-running series, Tomb Raider represents one of the best-looking titles on PC to date. Its varied landscapes and beautiful organic environments create a quite graphically demanding title.

We this game on “Ultimate” with TressFX and FXAA at 1080p and 1440P.
sapphire-380-nitro Tomb raider 1440PWe can see at 1440P the overclock helps quite a bit boosting performance 17% on average FPS and bumping the minimums up a bit. Overall it played a bit smoother and worked well with Freesync enabled after overclocked.
sapphire-380-nitro Tomb raider 1080PAt 1080P we see the same boost of 17% as well as the minimum jumping 20% again this played very well with our Freesync monitor while playing through the game. These shows good performance for a card in its price.

Crysis 3

Crytek’s final installment in the Crysis trilogy is easily their most graphically ambitious release, and even though it is now a few years old, it still represents the bleeding-edge in graphical fidelity.

We test on “High” with FXAA at 1080p and 1440P.

sapphire-380-nitro Crysis 3 1440p

Here we see a much different story with our overclock with our average and minimums getting to less than 5% faster from stock. The maximum though does take a nice jump.

The game did run a bit sluggish at this resolution which isn’t a surprise as this is such a demanding title.

sapphire-380-nitro Crysis 3 1080P

Here we see a 15% boost in our overclock run at minimum FPS but not much else change at stock. The boost in minimum FPS helps this game become a lot more playable at this resolution.

Grand Theft Auto V

One of the most highly-anticipated releases for PC, GTA V is the latest installment of Rockstar’s long-running genre-defining open-world shooter, and it is their most graphically demanding title yet! with massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.

We test on “Very High” with all “Advanced Graphics” and MSAA options turned off with FXAA enabled, at 1080p and 1440P

sapphire-380-nitro GTA V 1440P

In GTA we see about an 8% increase across the board at 1440P although at stock this game is very playable, will get even better performance if you turn down tessellation to medium/low.

sapphire-380-nitro GTA V 1080P

Taking a gander at the results here shows how well this game handles GTA V at 1080P a rather impressive showing overclocked at 57 FPS minimum and the average just below 93 FPS and the stock settings not too far behind.

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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