Radeon_R9_390
AMD Radeon R9 390

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4.2
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How well can the Radeon R9 390 run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 390 is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

How well will the Radeon R9 390 run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 286 games in todays list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Cyberpunk 2077 will get 45 FPS with the Radeon R9 390, Watch Dogs Legion getting 46 FPS and Microsoft Flight Simulator getting 40 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the Radeon R9 390 performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Cyberpunk 2077 and predict it will deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 90 FPS, Medium: 71 FPS, High: 48 FPS and Ultra: 34 FPS. We then checked the performance on Watch Dogs Legion to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 35 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 390 we get the impression that it is ok at playing most games but might need to have the graphics settings lowered to medium preset in some cases.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390 in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 390 then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB as this is better than 821 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 40% better performance as well. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 21% better and can run 772 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390 is released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
160 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
Driver Support
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Release Price
$329.00
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
1
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 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 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 390 Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 390 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 PRO which has 60 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.


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 275W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.


Performance
Radeon R9 390 8GB competes with GeForce GTX 970 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon R9 290 with the addition of twice as much video memory (8GB against 4GB).
It proves to be slower than GeForce GTX 970 at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes the lead beyond that.
However, the lack of DirectX 12.1 Support paired with the enormous Power Consumption (almost twice as much as GeForce GTX 970) and the Gimmicked 8GB Frame Buffer, makes it an extremely uncompetitive product.


System Suggestions
Radeon R9 390 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.


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Radeon R9 390 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
21%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 11%
Watch Dogs Legion 3% 8%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 2%
Genshin Impact 69% 12%
FIFA 21 59% 44%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 43% 14%
eFootball PES 2021 49% 44%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 60%
Marvel's Avengers 49% 6%
Radeon R9 390 Extras
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