Radeon_R9_390X
AMD Radeon R9 390X

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6.4
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How well can the Radeon R9 390X run games
2 Aug 2020 - 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 2020 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 542 games in todays list.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 390X is running Death Stranding and delivering playable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 44 frames per second. Comparing this to Horizon: Zero Dawn which is getting reasonable results, where it averages 51 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Halo Infinite, which is predicted to run at 31 frames per second.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Death Stranding to see how the Radeon R9 390X dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 89 FPS, Medium: 70 FPS, High: 47 FPS and Ultra: 34 FPS. Next we looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn which was playable with a 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Halo Infinite that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 23. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 390X is certainly a viable option for these higher gaming resolutions. Remember that if you suffer some 1440p FPS drops the you can usually tweak modern game graphics settings until you get a near High graphics setting experience with this Graphics card.

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? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon R9 390X

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 852 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 945 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 39% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390X was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
$429.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
384GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 Watts
PSU
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
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Radeon R9 390X Game Requirement Analysis

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


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.


GPU
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.


Memory
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.


Performance
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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Graphics Card
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RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 35%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 20% 2%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 35%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 55% 43%
Marvel's Avengers 39% 35%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8% 46%
Grounded 72% 18%
Death Stranding 41% 4%
Radeon R9 390X Extras
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