Radeon_R9_390_Asus_DirectCU_II_8GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition

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4.2
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How well can the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition run games
22 May 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 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 Asus DirectCU II 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. This graphics hardware can run 341 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is running Crucible and delivering reasonable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 50 frames per second. Comparing this to Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord which is getting reasonable results, where it averages 46 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Doom Eternal, which is running at 45 frames per second.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition ran Crucible to a playable performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 100 FPS, Medium: 79 FPS, High: 53 FPS and Ultra: 38 FPS. Another game tested was Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord, L: 92FPS, M: 72FPS, H: 49FPS, U: 35FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Doom Eternal, which returned L: 90FPS, M: 71FPS, H: 48FPS, U: 34FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition running at 1440p is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB as this is better than 866 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 46% better performance as well. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB, which has 24% better performance and can run 818 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is released on 18 Jun 2015

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

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition
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
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 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 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

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


Overclock: Central Unit
None.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: 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 390.


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Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
6%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 50%
Call of Duty Warzone 41% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 67%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 50%
Minecraft: Dungeons 50% 15%
Maneater 62% 6%
Valorant 96% 89%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 47% 36%
Doom Eternal 11% 11%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 58% 5%
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Extras
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