AMD Radeon R9 390

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How well can the Radeon R9 390 run games
18 Apr 2021 - 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 2021 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 150 games in todays list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Resident Evil 8 will get 17 FPS with the Radeon R9 390, Age of Empires IV predicted to get 43 FPS and Total War: Rome Remastered predicted to get 211 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 Resident Evil 8 and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 33 FPS, Medium: 26 FPS, High: 18 FPS and Ultra: 13 FPS. We then checked the performance on Age of Empires IV to predict if that will run well. It is predicted to be playable with a 33 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 390 we get the impression that it is probably one of the better high resolution gaming options on the graphics card market. You can consider pushing most games up to 4K with this gpu and Ultra 1440p is going to be a regular occurrence for gaming today.

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? We think this Radeon R9 390 has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

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 789 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 733 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
The Radeon R9 390 was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390
GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO
Texture Rate
160 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
64 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
1000 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 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon R9 390 Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 390 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 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.

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.

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
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Resident Evil 8 27% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1% 57%
Age of Empires IV 60% 12%
Days Gone 14% 6%
Far Cry 6 1% 62%
Battlefield 6 35% 46%
Outriders 60% 46%
Total War: Rome Remastered 96% 80%
It Takes Two 62% 3%
Star Citizen 2% 2%
Radeon R9 390 Extras
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