Radeon_R9_390_MSI_Gaming_8GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition 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.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 321 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

The Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition graphics card is returning a playable performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1080p of 40 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Horizon: Zero Dawn which we saw got reasonable frame rates of 47 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which was getting 82 FPS under tests.

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 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 80 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 42 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. We then checked the performance on Horizon: Zero Dawn to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition PC gaming is capable of delivering a solid gaming experience across larger screen sized monitors. We expect to see High and Ultra graphics settings across most games at 1440p with this GPU.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390 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 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 40% better and can run 830 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. 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 783 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is released on 18 Jun 2015

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

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
170 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
68 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
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
1060 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 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 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

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


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1060MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


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 3% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.


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Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
21%
RAM
12GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 11%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 60%
Serious Sam 4 43% 60%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 46%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Valorant 96% 90%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 21%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 44%
Genshin Impact 68% 12%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 8%
Radeon R9 390 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Extras
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