With more leaks than the Fury launch received, we’re finally getting word on the launch for AMD’s R9 380X. According to various sources, the R9 380X will launch tomorrow on November 19th. This jives with information obtained earlier which pointed to a November 20th launch in Japan. Given the time zone differences, this all fits in for an early launch in North America for the 19th.
As expected, the 380X features a full Tonga/Antigua die with 2048 Shader Cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Surprisingly, the core clocks are pretty low given how mature 28nm is, at only 970 base, with boost determined by the AIB partner. Memory bandwidth comes in as expected with a slight bump to 5700Mhz for 182GB/s for 4GB of GDDR5. Compared to the 280X it is replacing, the newer card manages to shave off 60W for 190W TDP.
Overall, this should make the 380X a pretty card for AMD. With pricing at $229-249 USD, the card slots right into the gap between the 960 and the 970. Efficiency should be improved enough to bring it inline with at least Kepler levels which is good for those concerned with that. Performance should be decent as well though that depends on the final clock speeds. With a 10% architectural improvement, the 380X might not be a worthy successor to the 280X just yet, but it will be enough to get those on the 660/760/960 and 265/270X to upgrade.