NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
vs
AMD Radeon R9 380X

GTX 960 R9 380X Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 AMD Radeon R9 380X
Price $ 199 $ 449 250 (77%)
Year 2015 2015 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 71C 4 (5%)
Max Fan Noise 40dB 41dB 1.4 (3%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 540W 70 (14%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 43 FPS 48 FPS 5.6 (12%)
Average 1440p Performance 31 FPS 34 FPS 3.5 (11%)
Average 4K Performance 16 FPS 21 FPS 4.8 (26%)
Memory 2 GB 4 GB 2 (67%)
Overall Combination Score 64/100 59/100 5 (8%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 960 to R9 380X is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 960 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 380X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
44
46
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38
40
2018 Hitman 2
34
36
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
39
40
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31
32
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
24
33
2016 Hitman
33
56
2016 Overwatch
60
62
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
46
48
2016 The Division
35
41
2015 DiRT Rally
62
68
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
36
38
2015 The Witcher 3
33
38
2015 Total War: Attila
30
34
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
49
49
2014 GRID Autosport
71
74
2014 Shadow of Mordor
43
66
2014 The Talos Principle
55
66
2013 Battlefield 4
51
52
2013 Crysis 3
39
44

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 380X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
32
33
2018 Hitman 2
22
23
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
25
26
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
25
2016 Overwatch
41
43
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
22
27
2015 Total War: Attila
18
23
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
32
33
2014 GRID Autosport
53
55
2014 Shadow of Mordor
24
44
2014 The Talos Principle
39
49
2013 Battlefield 4
31
34
2013 Crysis 3
35
27

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 380X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
21
22
2018 Hitman 2
13
14
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
14
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13
14
2016 Overwatch
21
22

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / Core i7-4790K

With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon R9 380X / Core i7-4790K

For the most part, the R9 380X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 380X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

GTX 960 vs R9 380X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 960 R9 380X
Board NumberPG301C766, C784
Length9.5 inches 241 mm8.7 inches 221 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W190 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 960 R9 380X
GPU Clock1127 MHz970 MHz
Memory Clock1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective1425 MHz 5700 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 960 R9 380X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 900Pirate Islands (R9 300)
Launch Price199 USD229 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJan 22nd, 2015Nov 19th, 2015

Graphics Features

GTX 960 R9 380X
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.16
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 960 R9 380X
ArchitectureMaxwell 2.0GCN 3.0
Die Size228 mm²366 mm²
GPU NameGM206Antigua
GPU VariantGM206-300-A1Antigua XT (215-0877016)
Process Size28 nm28 nm
Transistors2,940 million5,000 million

Memory

GTX 960 R9 380X
Bandwidth112.2 GB/s182.4 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit256 bit
Memory Size2048 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 960 R9 380X
ROPs3232
Shading Units10242048
TMUs64128

Theoretical Performance

GTX 960 R9 380X
FP32 (float) performance2,413 GFLOPS3,973 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance75.39 GFLOPS (1:32)248.3 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate37.70 GPixel/s31.04 GPixel/s
Texture Rate75.39 GTexel/s124.2 GTexel/s