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PowerColor PCS+ R9 380X Myst Edition Review

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PowerColor PCS+ R9 380X Myst Testing:

Unigine Heaven 4.0:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on the Unigine engine. This was the first DX 11 benchmark to allow testing of DX 11 features. What sets the Heaven Benchmark apart is the addition of hardware tessellation, available in three modes – Moderate, Normal, and Extreme. Although tessellation requires a video card with DirectX 11 support and Windows Vista/7, the Heaven Benchmark also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL 4.0. Visually, it features beautiful floating islands that contain a tiny village and extremely detailed architecture.



  • 8x AA
  • Ultra
  • Tesselation = Extreme
  • Measurement = FPS








3DMark: Futuremark's popular 3DMark suite is designed to let a wider range of the user base make a comparative analysis of the gaming prowess of their systems from entry level PCs, to notebooks, and extreme gaming PCs.



  • Default test settings
  • Sky Diver
  • Fire Strike
  • Fire Strike Extreme
  • Fire Strike Ultra












In the Unigine Heaven 4.0 test, PowerColor's PCS+ R9 380X Myst outperforms the GTX 960 at both 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440, stock and overclocked. However, the R9 380 is an overclocking beast and delivers close to the FPS levels hit by the R9 380X when running its max overclock. In 3DMark, PowerColor's PCS+ R9 380X Myst easily outperforms the factory overclocked GTX 960 and R9 380 at stock speeds. Once overclocked, the R9 380 comes close to the performance delivered by the R9 380X until the resolution increases to a point that the amount of hardware in the die slows it down during the Firestrike Ultra test.

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