With the release of the PowerColor PCS R9 380 4GB, for the first time we see an affordable 4GB gaming solution, a 4GB gaming GPU that runs $229.99 (NewEgg). Face it, games and gaming resolutions memory demands are exploding exponentially. It takes 2GB GRRD5 to do a good job running 1080p, 4 GB will get you 2560 x 1440 (1440P) and some 4k games using reasonable settings. The amount of GDDR5 on your GPU is the going currency for what resolution and settings you can game at. While 1080p still is the most popular resolution for gamers, at least for Steam Users (Steam Hardware Survey June 2015) there is no doubt that as the price comes down on 1440p-monitors and to some extend the new more affordable 4k-monitors, gaming at 1440p and higher will become more popular. 1440p in many cases needs 4 GB of high-speed GDDR5 to minimize stuttering and maintain higher framerates. The PowerColor PCS R9 380 4GB gives you the price, the performance and the GDDR5 ram you need and does it on a 256-bit wide bus with 1792 Stream Processors, and a core speed of 980MHz connected to 4GB of GDDR5 running at 5900MHz. While the R9 380 GPU’s are a re-badge of the R9 285 PowerColor chose to go with significant tweaks that make looking at the PCS+ R9 380 4GB like looking at a completely different card.
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