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AMD Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition run games
25 Mar 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition 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 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition 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. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 486 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is running Black Mesa and delivering reasonable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 56 frames per second. Comparing this to Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to get playable results, where it averages 26 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Half-Life: Alyx, which is running at 21 frames per second.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Black Mesa to see how the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 113 FPS, Medium: 89 FPS, High: 60 FPS and Ultra: 43 FPS. Next we looked at Cyberpunk 2077 which we predict will be weak with a 19 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Half-Life: Alyx that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 16. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, as it can run 871 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 39% increased graphics performance. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 47% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 949 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
67 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
194 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
70 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
$419.00
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
1525 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
390.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1100 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 50 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 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390X, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1100MHz, instead of 1050MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1525MHz, instead of 1500MHz.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSI’s Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you there’s a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390X 8GB.


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Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
9%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 60% 0%
Doom Eternal 6% 6%
Call of Duty Warzone 44% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 36% 43%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 85% 61%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 67% 0%
Half-Life: Alyx 10% 57%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 36% 43%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 52% 0%
Radeon R9 390X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Extras
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