GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 390 vs R9 290 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.6

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon R9 390 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 390  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 390

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 390

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,125 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
Better video composition score 117.97 frames/s vs 98.77 frames/s Around 20% better video composition score
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 3,831 vs 3,214 Around 20% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 275W vs 300W Around 10% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon R9 290

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AMD Radeon R9 290

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GPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the R9 290 vs the R9 390.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 390 vs 290

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
601.6 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290
540.64 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
117.74 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290
89.33 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
3,166.08 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
2,453.52 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
849.79 mInteraction/s
Radeon R9 290
483.87 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
10.96 frames/s
Radeon R9 290
-1 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 390  vs 290 

8.6
9.4
It yields additional performance to beat the GTX 780 by increasing maximum fan speed from 40% to 47.
Radeon R9 290

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