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MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Review


MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing:

Finding out the amount of FPS performance delivered by MSI's R9 380 Gaming 2G will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.


Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:




  • MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G: Core 1148MHz, Memory 1607MHz


When it comes to overclocking the latest silicon from AMD, an enhanced and tweaked version of the R9 200 series Tonga-based GPU, I found that the same tools and tricks did the job to get a solid, stable clock speed on both the core and the GDDR5 memory used on MSI's R9 380 Gaming 2G. I started out bumping the core clock speed up to around 1100MHz, since that was the roundabout level I could get stable on the R9 285. Surprisingly, the core on the R9 380 was a bit more robust than the one in the R9 285; I tested and delivered an additional 40+MHz worth of core clock speed over the limits on the R9 285 cards I tested. In all that's 148MHz over the base core speed of 1000MHz.

The GDDR5 memory speed is already tweaked up to 1400MHz, but there was still a good bit of headroom left for the overclocker to play with. I ended up gaining another 207MHz that, when combined with the additional 148MHz, drive performance up and significantly improving gaming capabilities. Can't beat free with a stick.


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.



  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro: Last Light
  2. BioShock Infinite
  3. Crysis 3
  4. Far Cry 4
  5. Battlefield 4
  6. Assassin's Creed Unity
  7. Batman: Arkham Origins
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. 3DMark


  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption

  1. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G: Specifications & Features
  4. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Metro: Last Light
  6. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: BioShock Infinite
  7. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Crysis 3
  8. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Far Cry 4
  9. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Battlefield 4
  10. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Assassin's Creed Unity
  11. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Batman: Arkham Origins
  12. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Unigine Heaven 4.0
  13. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: 3DMark
  14. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Temperatures
  15. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing: Power Consumption
  16. MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G: Conclusion
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