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


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon R9 390X 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 390X

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Better floating-point performance 5,914 GFLOPS vs 5,120 GFLOPS More than 15% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 184.8 GTexel/s vs 160 GTexel/s More than 15% higher texture rate
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,560 256 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 160 16 more texture mapping units
Slightly more compute units 44 vs 40 4 more compute units
Higher metro: last light framerate 82.7 vs 75 More than 10% higher metro: last light framerate
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Slightly better cloud gate factor score 21.89 vs 21.17 Around 5% better cloud gate factor score
Slightly better face detection score 120.3 mPixels/s vs 114.29 mPixels/s More than 5% better face detection score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 390X vs 390

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Radeon R9 390X
683.57 mHash/s
Radeon R9 390
607.36 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390X
114.29 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 390
120.3 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390X
2,911.86 frames/s
Radeon R9 390
3,168.89 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Bioshock Infinite

Metro: Last Light

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I just put the the 390 x Bios on my 390 and got about 40 fps more in BF4, Grid autosport got a huge boost too. I dont understand how but it has made such a performance increase. I was scared to do it, but i hit enter as i cringed and what do you know, all 44 cu active instead of 40. It also clocked the card slightly higher. I was lucky that my card was not hardware locked like most r9 390. It is risky but the 390 has a dual bios switch incase of error. Allthough if you put the wrong bios you may damage the GPU.
gaming 390x - 7.1, 390 - 8.1, 970 - 9.0.... What?
390 is not better... A better value maybe but not performer... ppl...
I have an R9 390 best $400 I ever spent at the time, I must add though if you have a micro case like I do you will need to underclock your gpu. These new cards come factory over clocked, in order to bring them down to AMD standard you need to look at their respective specs. Then use your Radeon driver settings to underclock the card. This is only on micro cases, if you have a full tower you don't need to worry about this.
no...r9 390 will be better..and save the 56 dollars :)
Should i get the 390x for only 56 dollars more?
Thanks. The 390 can be bought for 275 dollars right now, after rebate. It is such a great card for the money!
You made the right choice, 1-5 fps difference between them...
I bought the R9 390 for around $330 USD... maybe I should have just bought the 390X. Oh well.
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