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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 84%
Halo: Reach 65% 57%
Red Dead Redemption 2 9% 34%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9% 34%
Doom Eternal 6% 15%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 33% 17%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 50% 84%
FIFA 20 42% 29%
Need For Speed Heat 9% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The R9 390 has a 370 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 390 providing 79.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 390 has a 370 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 590. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R9 390 manages to provide 3.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 390 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 590, and so the R9 390 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 590 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 390 has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 390 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390 has 52.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is much better than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390 is 2176 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The R9 390 having 886 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 390 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The R9 390 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the R9 390 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 390 and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 65 Watts more than the R9 390 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 390.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PROFermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
9.8
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8.9
2560x1440
7.5
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6.6
3840x2160
5.7
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs96
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
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Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.
GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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