AMD Radeon R9 390X

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How well can the Radeon R9 390X run games
14 Jun 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 390X graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 390X get on latest AAA 2021 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 322 games in todays list.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 390X is predicted to run Dying Light 2 with playable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 30 frames per second. Comparing this to Far Cry 6 which is predicted to get playable results, where it averages 25 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-, which is running at 111 frames per second.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Dying Light 2 to predict how the Radeon R9 390X would deal with it. Our research revealed a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 59 FPS, Medium: 47 FPS, High: 32 FPS and Ultra: 23 FPS. Next we looked at Far Cry 6 which we predict will be weak with a 19 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 85. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 390X is a solid choice of hardware for increased screen resolution gaming. We can see this graphics card is capable of delivering reliable frame rates at Ultra and certainly High graphics settings at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390X in your PC? This Radeon R9 390X card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390X? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon R9 390X? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 771 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 29% increased graphics performance. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 390X would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which meets 903 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 39% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon R9 390X is released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X
GCN 1.1 Grenada XT
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
67 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Max Power
275 Watts
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon R9 390X Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 390X is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Grenada XT which has 44 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1050MHz.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 290W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon R9 390X competes with GeForce GTX 980 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon R9 290X with the addition of twice as much video memory (8GB against 4GB).
Its Performance lies somewhere between GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980, as does its price.
However, the lack of DirectX 12.1 Support paired with the enormous Power Consumption (almost twice as much as GeForce GTX 980) and the Gimmicked 8GB Frame Buffer, makes it an extremely uncompetitive product.
Still, Radeon R9 390X 8GB is around $120 cheaper than GeForce GTX 980 and performs reasonably better at 4K, though it is still best suited for 2560x1600.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 390X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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Radeon R9 390X vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer 39% 35%
Battlefield 2042 39% 35%
Far Cry 6 8% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8% 46%
Resident Evil 8 32% 35%
Battlefield 6 39% 35%
Forza Horizon 5 76% 18%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 4% 68%
Days Gone 20% 2%
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 52% 2%
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