First Look at the Radeon R9 380X – ASUS, XFX and Gigabyte Models Pictured
AMD is rumored to launch their Radeon R9 380X within the next week. Built on the latest GCN 1.2 iteration, the upcoming graphics card is based on their new Antigua XT GPU core that packs 2048 steam processors with 32 compute units, 128 texture mapping units (TMUs), and 32 raster operation units (ROPS).
The R9 380X however features 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM with 256-bit bus interface as opposed to the larger 384-bit bus interface which the GPU allegedly sports. That means its maximum memory bandwidth is reduced, resulting in a lower amount of memory.
On the other hand, since the manufacturer uses the same, or lightly modified versions of the PCBs used for producing AMD’s existing R9 380, it will help the new card to be made at a reduced cost. So the R9 380X should fit neatly between the R9 380 and R9 390 graphics cards.
While the R9 380X has long been rumored to be arriving to consumers, we now finally get a first look at the card which comes with GCN improvements such as DirectX 12 support, Color Compression and Asynchronous compute capable graphics architecture.
All of these cards look very similar to their existing R9 380 counterparts, but the XFX R9 380X does however appear to have a new feature. From the looks of it, the card might use removable fans that should help cleaning the GPU, especially if you have dust inside your system.
The Gigabyte model will come as part of their G1 Gaming series and packs their trademark Windforce 2X cooler.
Display outputs on these cards include Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4 and a Display Port 1.2 output. No specifics regarding the core or memory clock speeds are revealed yet. The R9 380X will be aiming the mainstream market at a price of around $249 US.