GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 390 vs R9 290X 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

8.2

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
Better T-Rex score 11.09 frames/s vs 8.83 frames/s More than 25% better T-Rex score
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 20% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 275W vs 300W Around 10% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon R9 290X

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AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Slightly more shading units 2,816 vs 2,560 256 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 176 vs 160 16 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 390 vs 290X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
607.43 mHash/s
Radeon R9 290X
624.45 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
120.27 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 290X
105.88 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
3,178.86 frames/s
Radeon R9 290X
2,415.99 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
860.18 mInteraction/s
Radeon R9 290X
604.46 mInteraction/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Metro: Last Light

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 390  vs 290X 

8.6
9.2
Please note that we are discussing 2560x1600 here because it is the absolute minimum resolution you should use for 290X CrossFire.
Radeon R9 290X

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