AMD’s current GPU lineup, the Radeon R 300 series, looks a lot less fresh than Nvidia’s. The struggling chipmaker has been making iterative improvements to the same architecture for years, while its sole competitor has jumped ahead. However, the two are still evenly matched when it comes to performance, mainly because AMD has been clever about optimising its hardware and drivers to squeeze out more performance with each revision. AMD has also been quite smart about identifying gaps in Nvidia’s lineup, such as with the recent launch of the Radeon R9 380X GPU, which specifically targets the space between the GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 970 . Cards based on the GTX 960 retail starting at around Rs. 16,500 and those based on the 970 can be had for around Rs. 26,000 which leaves a lot of room to be exploited. However, AMD’s pricing for graphics cards in India is generally inflated, compared to Nvidia’s. That’s definitely going to factor into our opinion of any product based on the new R9 380X. Before we get to that though, let’s take a close look at the performance characteristics of the GPU and the sample graphics card that AMD has sent… Read full this story
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