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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Crossfire GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 22% 34%
Halo: Reach 75% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 84%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22% 34%
Doom Eternal 33% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 19% 105%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 52% 17%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 7% 84%
Need For Speed Heat 22% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390 Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The R9 390 has a 370 MHz higher core clock speed and 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 390 providing 239.4 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 and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 590. This results in the R9 390 providing 67.5 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 13312 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 436.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is massively better than the GTX 590.

The Radeon R9 390 Crossfire has 5120 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 4352 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The R9 390 having 3062 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 Crossfire requires 550 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 850 Watts for the R9 390 and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The R9 390 requires 185 Watts more than the GTX 590 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 590.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PRO (x2)Fermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth768GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units5120vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Texture Mapping Units320vs128
Texture Rate320 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs96
Pixel Rate128 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power550 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU850 Watts & 50 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1600

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 390 put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

Radeon R9 390 Features a GPU Codenamed Grenada PRO which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Hawaii PRO GPU used on the older Radeon R9 290.

Grenada PRO has 40 Compute Units Unlocked and offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The Central Unit runs at 1000MHz.

Memory: Speed
Each GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 512-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 8GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 550W.

Performance is Sufficient for Detailed Gaming at 4K.

System Suggestions
We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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.
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