• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 380
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Ports: HDMI, DVI, Display Port, HDCP
  • Slot Size: Single
  • Dimensions: 27.1 x 13.9 x4.2 cm
  • Pros:
  • Plenty of features
  • Quiet performance
  • Good cooling capabilities
  • Cons:
  • Low VRAM strains high resolution requirements
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 3,716 points

Speedy Gaming

Gamer’s can once again look forward to a new toy for their rigs, as the ASUS Strix R9 380 is here to play. This new graphics card is one of the latest ASUS cards that was produced via a new production method called Auto Extreme through this line of production, the card gets increased longevity and durability through removal of human error. So let’s take a look at how it performs.

The graphics card reveals the traditional theme for ROG based products with the black cutting edge design coupled with its Dual Wing Blade 0dB fans. It also has the usual DirectCu II 10mm heatpipes. Port-wise, it supports HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and HDCP outputs. Slot-wise, this graphics card takes up a single PCIe 3.0 slot.

The new STRIX coolers feature bigger heat pipes for better cooling performance

The new STRIX coolers feature bigger heat pipes for better cooling performance

This device packs a ton of features such as the extra cool Dual Wing-blade 0dB fan design which allows improved airflow and static pressure while the DirectCU II heatpipe designs help reduce the temperature by 20 percent and brings noise levels down to an all-time low. Additionally, this graphics card also comes with the Xsplit Gamecaster which lets you easily stream and record your gameplay via an in game overlay while an 8-phase Super Alloy Power II greatly enhances efficiency and power loss reduction.

During our tests with this device, we placed it through some benchmarking software’s such as 3DMarks Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike, which came back with satisfactory results. One of the performance issues we notice is that due to the low VRAM available on this graphics card, playing games on high resolutions tend to be a strain and thus resulting in lower framerates. Regardless, we were still able to play games such as Metal Gear Solid : Ground Zeroes, and World of Warships on the High settings. Overclocking this device had also provided an interesting output which is a 20 percent leap in performance.

Despite being a small card, the ASUS STRIX R9 380 is not short on display outputs, with support for two DVI and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI ports

Despite being a small card, the ASUS STRIX R9 380 is not short on display outputs, with support for two DVI and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI ports

CHIP CONCLUDE: All in all, the ASUS Strix R9 380 is a higher mid ranged graphics card that would suit gamers who need higher levels of performance but at a lower costs. While some games may strain this device on its highest settings, most of the modern games of today should not be facing any serious issues.

(previously published in issue August 2015)

ASUS Strix R9 380