Radeon_R9_390X_Asus_DirectCU_II_8GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition run games
4 Apr 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 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 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition get on latest AAA 2021 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. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 168 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Cyberpunk 2077 getting 40 FPS with the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition, Grand Theft Auto VI predicted to get 17 FPS and Total War: Rome Remastered predicted to get 213 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Cyberpunk 2077 to see how the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 81 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 43 FPS and Ultra: 31 FPS. Next we looked at Grand Theft Auto VI which we predict will be weak with a 13 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Total War: Rome Remastered that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 162. 1440p Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition PC gaming is more than capable at running this screen resolution. 1440p Ultra across almost all modern games is going to be fairly standard with this GPU. We would consider moving this hardware up to 4K screen resolutions for PC gaming today.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition in your PC? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is part of your PC gaming machine.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 38% better and can meet 789 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is 48% more powerful and can run 906 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
67 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition
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
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 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

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


Overclock: Central Unit
None.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390X 8GB.


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Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
27%
RAM
12GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Resident Evil 8 28% 44%
Age of Empires IV 61% 11%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 56%
Far Cry 6 2% 60%
Days Gone 15% 5%
Battlefield 6 35% 44%
Outriders 61% 44%
It Takes Two 63% 4%
Star Citizen 3% 3%
Total War: Rome Remastered 96% 80%
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