RX 570 vs R9 380

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.62
 
2.66
Architecture
Polaris
 
GCN
GPU code name
Polaris 20 Ellesmere
 
Tonga Pro
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
no data
 
reference
Launch date
18 April 2017 (4 years ago)
 
26 June 2015 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$169
 
$199
Price now
$621
 
$337

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2048
 
1792
Compute units
no data
 
28
Core clock speed
1168 MHz
 
no data
Boost clock
1244 MHz
 
970 MHz
Number of transistors
5,700 million
 
5,000 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
120 Watt
 
190 Watt
Texture fill rate
159.2
 
108.6
Floating-point performance
5,095 gflops
 
3,476 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support
no data
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
241 mm
 
221 mm
Form factor
no data
 
full height / full length / dual slot
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
2 x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
no data
 
-
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
7000 MHz
 
970 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224.0 GB/s
 
182.4 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
-
 
+
Number of Eyefinity displays
no data
 
6
HDMI
+
 
+
DisplayPort support
-
 
+

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

CrossFire
-
 
+
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
+
 
+
HD3D
-
 
+
LiquidVR
-
 
+
PowerTune
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
+
ZeroCore
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+
DDMA audio
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
DirectX® 12
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.3
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
+
Mantle
-
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RX 570 26.56 +12.2%
R9 380 23.68

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

RX 570 375145 +23.5%
R9 380 303773

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

RX 570 71096 +40.2%
R9 380 50723

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 570 11956 +66%
R9 380 7201

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

RX 570 13827 +68.3%
R9 380 8218

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

RX 570 18967 +55.6%
R9 380 12191

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

RX 570 45560 +53.3%
R9 380 29722

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

RX 570 6967 +12.2%
R9 380 6211

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 570 and Radeon R9 380. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
404 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
 
0.66 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
18 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
 
0.48 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
168.45 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 570

12.2% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (18 April 2017 vs 26 June 2015)

More pipelines (2048 vs 1792)

Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 182.4 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (120W vs 190W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AMD FreeSync

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 380

Cheaper ($337 vs $621)

Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 570, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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