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AMD Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 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. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Lets look at the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2020. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 324.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p of 17 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout which we saw got strong frame rates of 82 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Horizon: Zero Dawn, which was getting 47 FPS under tests.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition by researching Grand Theft Auto VI leading us to predict a weak performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 33FPS, M: 26FPS, H: 18FPS, U: 13FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and that was good. This graphics card delivered 62 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Horizon: Zero Dawn which gets playable results with a 36FPS on Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 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 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 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 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 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 40% better and can meet 833 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 21% better and can meet 786 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition is released on 16 Sep 2015

Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
166 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
Driver Support
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Release Price
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
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1040 MHz
Power
Max Power
375 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
2x 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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9.9
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Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390, created by Sapphire.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1040MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Two-ball bearing: Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.


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Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 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%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 21%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 46%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 44%
Crysis Remastered 27% 42%
Valorant 96% 90%
The Invincible 1% 20%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 8%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 60%
Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition Extras
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