AMD Radeon R9 380X First Test Results Show Disappointing Performance
A while ago, rumors surfaced about a supposed new GPU in AMD’s R9 3xx series which was going to improve the company’s position in the GPU market. Many people had their hopes tied to expected R9 380X GPU but if these recent leaks are to be believed, those hopes will be shattered soon due to the disappointing performance of the GPU.
While featuring a complete new design and an improved Antigua XT core with 2048 shaders, the clock speeds and 3D Mark score seem to be quite low, atleast for the model created by a Chinese brand, ColorFire. This version of the GPU is expected to be working at 1070MHz GPU clock speed and 1500MHz memory clock.
The 3D Mark 11 Extreme mode score of the GPU was based on a system with 3rd generation Core i5 processors and the score seems to be 4024, between Radeon R9 280X and R9 290, although closer to R9 290.
Judging by this, it seems as AMD continues to disappoint with its new generation GPUs especially if their performance is going to be similar to the old generation even though they are more expensive.
Whether these rumors are true or not remains to be seen as does the success of R9 380X which will ultimately boil down to price-performance ratio. If the GPU ends up delivering the same performance as a R9 290 while being cheaper, it will most definitely make a splash in the GPU market and might improve AMD’s position after their considerable losses this year.