GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 390X vs 980 Ti among Desktop GPUs


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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 390X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 390X

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More memory 8,192 MB vs 6,144 MB Around 35% more memory
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 384 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 96 GPixel/s vs 67.2 GPixel/s Around 45% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 96 vs 64 32 more render output processors
Better face detection score 145.53 mPixels/s vs 114.29 mPixels/s More than 25% better face detection score
Better cloud gate factor score 23.42 vs 21.17 More than 10% better cloud gate factor score
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher bioshock infinite framerate 133.5 vs 112.4 Around 20% higher bioshock infinite framerate
Lower TDP 250W vs 275W Around 10% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 390X vs GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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Radeon R9 390X
683.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
537.83 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390X
114.29 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
145.53 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390X
2,911.86 frames/s
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
1,735.24 frames/s

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I am in the same boat you was in 2 yrs ago. 2yrs later I'll prolly buy AMD too when my 980 Ti becomes obsolete.
3 months later, nothing is correct.
what do you mean drivers are poorly? does drivers do?
You might want to wait for the ATI 480, it will cost only $199 and might be a great card, it will be available in july.
thanks for the info i already have the R9 390x got the sapphire tri x version new for $450 aud some unwanted gift or something like that but i only found it because im a bargain hunter ill wait until i see the right price even though my gaming was suffering because of it but all in all its a beast of a card
The Pascal GPUs are coming out this month and the 1080 looks amazing. I'm holding off until they get some revies of the non reference card before I pick though.
Actually 5760x1200 is less than 4k
Pascal? Nope thats next year lol.. Polaris is coming at june and its speculated that the 480/480x will be faster than Fury/Fury X So that means the 490/490x will be better than 980ti. So my suggestion is either get the 980ti now if your Nvidia fanboy or wait for Polaris and get the AMD cards if your AMD fanboy.
buying a 980ti for 1080p is not throwing money away. Its for future proofing? You know what that means? It means using the gpu for 4+ years to play maxed out games at 1080p with 60fps+ Its true no current games can challange the 980ti right now but in 4 years time it will and then the 390x will be obsolete. Yes future games will require more Vram but if we are talking about 1080p.. No game can take as much as 4gb vram in 1080p let alone 8gb.. So the 6gb vram on 980ti is more than enough. Also Nvidia has great drivers unlike AMD and also for many gamers who record their gameplay Nvidia has ShadowPlay and also the 980ti has lots of overclocking headroom.
After lot surfing i made up my mind to buy 34inch ultrawide. im wondering should i go with lg34um67 or LG 34UC87 LG87 is 4k and curved montor..while LG67 is freesync.Though i do play game almost daily for few hrs and so do my son but question is how much freesync really improve FPS..i checked few videos and forums but couldn't make up mind. though lg87 seems bit future proof because of its 4k resolution but im not sure how much curved monitor compares with Flat. yeah u are right DDR-5 are in EOL but there are any gpu's better then 390x.or is there any?
I ran the 390X in crossfire mode, they were great on many games, but they were generating lots of heat (around 74 C). If you can put up with this handicap then it's all good. I was able to run all the games, the only game all maxed out that was a little bit slow was the Witcher 3, and this game is also slow with a Fury X or the 980TI anyway. DDR-5 memories are in EOL "end of life" and HBM 2.0 will be the next generation of memories. HBM 1.0 was good but limited to 4 gigs of memory which is not enough nowadays, we do need between 8 and 16 gigs. For TV don't go over 40 inch, i tested the Samsung 46 inch for gaming, I was way too close from the TV, and the 40 inch seems to be the sweet spot (I also game sometimes on that 40 inch sony bravia). I don't know the LG 43UF690T (it seems like it's an asian model only), one television that has been adopted by many people for gaming and movies is the new 32 inch TV samsung 4K curved, but the display is a little bit glossy with reflections on the tv during daytime (if you play in the dark then go for this one), the price though is steep, it was around $2,000 I believe.
thx for replying stephan..another question.i choose 390X as i think its more futureproof then any other gpu cards because of 8gb ram.and read lot of discussion too and 390x sounds more future proof.what's ur thought on that?or would u suggest any other gpu?im not big fan of main priority is to have decent card which runs atleast 5-6 yrs..i mean later if required i can go with another 390x for crossfire and 16gb might be more then enough. and thx for HDMI 2.0 TV about do have hdmi 2.0. though im not sure should i choose tv or monitor?i hope u might show some light in this matter too if u could spare few more minutes.thx
Hi there, yep 3 LG monitors UM67, and so far i did not have any problem with them. I don't want to go with 4K yet because I would have to upgrade also my cameras to 4K and I would need bigger hard-drives to store my videos, which means more money. On those monitors with freesync I have never seen a frame dropping, it makes the gaming experience smooth as butter. If you want to switch to another TV instead, make sure to get HDMI 2.0 with a decent refresh rate (not the 30 Hz but at least 60 Hz), i haven't seen TVs with DisplayPort but i heard they do exist also. If you get HDMI 2.0 you won't need displayport anyway, but you'll need a GPU was support HDMI 2.0
thx for quick u have all three monitors of same model UM67??? im also planning to buy 390x so how much is freesync effective? and any other problem with UM67? and i did check ur review on you tube and sounds very informative maybe for those who understand French...which i dont :P.. Do u think u miss 4k resolution? i am bit in dilemma to go with 34inch monitor or 40inch lcd TV. . right now i do have Sony 40inch lcd tv attach to pc.where i play games and watch movies but if i buy 34inch monitor it is going to be totally different... im glad i found DISQUS where i could get instant answer and reply of person actually using it.. and thx again for replying..
Hi there; I bought the LG 34 inch model number UM67. The newest model is UM68. On the UM67, if you want to get a refresh rate of 75Hz you have to use the display port only. For 3 monitors you also have to use 3 Display Ports since HDMI does not support this refresh rate (unless you go with HDMI 2.0). The format resolution is 21/9 for 2560x1080. It really looks awkward to run such a format but you get used to it. The pixel kind of look stretched compared to the usual monitor, this was the 1st thing i noticed and it took me a while to get used to it. I beleive i've done a review on youtube (check keywords stevenrix LG 34 UM 67), I don't remember if the review was done in english or in french though :D I did not like the fact that I still have not found a good monitor stand to put those 3 monitors and save me some desk space, 3 monitors all together is enormous. Overall it's a good monitor if you are into gaming or video editing or like multitasking (watching a movie on 1 monitor, video editing on the other one and surfing on the 3rd one for example). I run them in 7K resolution for gaming without problem. Does this answer your question?
hi also planning to buy34inch LG monitor but have doubts as read mixed reviews about it.So would u plz tell me hows lg 34inch monitor performing?
Interesting. I have the LG 34UM67 and it works fine in most games. The only one I have issues with is Anno 2205 which can drop below 10 fps in some cut scenes. From what I've read, it's specific to that game and has to deal with how the AMD drives handle tessellation.
I run 3 34 inch LGs at 7K resolution. The 390X in crossfire overheats up to 87 Celsius degrees but i ran some benchmarks and I was very pleased with the framerate; basically everything was running smooth at ultra high resolution (around 120 FPS on GRID 2 for example if I remember correctly, check on youtube GRID 2 with 2 390X at ultra res I left the benchmarks there). Since then I migrated to a Fury X with liquid cooling (I finally can play ARK with ultra settings), this is my main gaming GPU, and I also run the 980 TI. With AMD Crimson drivers though, i was not able to run the new hitman in DirectX12, it kept crashing over and over.
Interesting comment. Thanks for your input. Where do you stand on dual R9 390 v single 980ti? I currently have an R9 390 and just switched to a 34 in 21:9 LG panel. Some of my games are dropping down to 10-15 fps and I've been thinking of either adding in a second AMD for Crossfire or selling it and going for a 980ti.
I'm running a pair of 980Ti cards in SLI, and performance is great. I didn't pay retail for the 980Ti cards, so I feel ok about the cost. I can now play games at 4K on my 4K screen. I couldn't do it with just one of them. I also ordered a pair of Sapphire 390X Toxic cards for another system. I expect that 4K gaming will be working good with them as well. I'm using Win-7 and the 980Ti GPUs are wicked-fast compared to others that I have tried. (R9-290X OC & GTX-980 included) Most high-end GPUs are good these days.
I know this comment is almost 1 year old but people who bought a 780 ti in 2013 and are still maxing out games in 2016
April ? Haha.
1070 will most likely be slower then 980ti. So dont hope for that. Wait 2017 and 1080 cards for 20-30% boost over 980ti MAYBE. It's Nvidia they aren't going to let that happen. I bought 980ti g1 today and I don't need anything in next 3-4 years for 1080p gaming most likely.
Clocking Nvidia card is something easiest and most enjoyable..
Under Crimson, the AMD GPUs are performng extremely well, so much so that the FuryXs are literally walking all over 980Tis and Titan Xs in both single and in XFire/SLI setups. And these gains are not only affecting the FuryX, but all the AMD GPUs.
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