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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition Radeon R7 360 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 44% 320%
Minecraft: Dungeons 11% 223%
Call of Duty Warzone 5% 206%
Grand Theft Auto VI 60% 367%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 44% 320%
Valorant 90% 70%
Maneater 10% 163%
Phantasy Star Online 2 85% 57%
Doom Eternal 7% 211%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1% 194%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 360 v2.

The R9 390X has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 360. This results in the R9 390X providing 136.2 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 390X has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the R7 360. This results in the R9 390X providing 51 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition and the Radeon R7 360 v2 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The R9 390X has 6144 MB more video memory than the R7 360, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 390X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390X has 280 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 360, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390X is massively better than the R7 360.

The Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 360 v2 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390X is 2537 and the actual shader performance of the R7 360 is 685. The R9 390X having 1852 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 390X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 360.

The Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 360 v2 requires 100 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 390X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 360. The R9 390X requires 275 Watts more than the R7 360 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 360.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1060 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada XTGCN 1.1 Tobago PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1625 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs104GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs768
Actual Shader Performance100%vs33%
Texture Mapping Units176vs48
Texture Rate186.6 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs16
Pixel Rate67.8 GPixel/svs16.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390X, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1060MHz, instead of 1050MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
Tri-X cooler Features dual ball bearings in each of the three fans for higher reliability and enhanced Intelligent Fan Control (IFC-II) which turns off the fans for silent operation under light load.

Benchmarks Indicate no Significant Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390X 8GB.
Radeon R7 360 v2 is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Radeon R7 360 Equips a GPU Codenamed Tobago PRO which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and can be considered a rename of the Bonaire PRO previously used on Radeon R7 260.
Tobago PRO has 12 Compute Units activated and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

The Central Unit is clocked at 1050MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1625Hz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB. This would be useful were the Graphics Card suited for 1080p Gaming, which is not the case. Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Radeon R7 360 v2 is Slightly Faster than the First Version and offers Performance Identical to the OEM Radeon R9 360.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 360 v2 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Middle-Class Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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