MSI Radeon R9 390 

Released June, 2015
  • 1.1 GHz
  • 8 GB GDDR5
8 Out of 10

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The R9 390 Nitro is equipped with 8 GB of VRAM, which, while certainly nice to have, adds very little performance considering the added cost.
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Unfortunately, that extra memory is also the reason why the price is so high compared to the R9 290 4 GB that can be found for as little as $250, a price point that delivers excellent value for the money, and you're not missing out on any features.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 390 among Desktop GPUs


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 390

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
603.68 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
192.43 mHash/s
Radeon RX 480
608.32 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
117.39 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
100.63 mPixels/s
Radeon RX 480
120.17 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
3,163.59 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,176.08 frames/s
Radeon RX 480
2,139.74 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Radeon RX 480

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Bioshock Infinite

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Metro: Last Light

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 390

PowerColor is introducing a new triple-slot, triple-fan thermal solution with a great look and feel because of its metal construction, which definitely beats the plastic surfaces we're seeing on other cards.

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AMD's previous generation flagship, the HD 7900 series, went on to become the performance-segment R9 280 series, and so on, and the performance-segment "Tonga" silicon was added afterward.
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If you want a new card, however, the R9 390 is an excellent choice with a good price-to-performance ratio.
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If you want to squeeze the maximum out of your budget, a used R9 290X could be an option as most of them sell for $100 less than the Nitro with only a few percentage points less performance.
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The standard memory amount has been doubled to 8 GB across the board and clock speeds are increased from 950 MHz to 1000 MHz on the core and from 5.00 Gbps to 6.00 Gbps on the memory.
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The main heatsink also cools the memory chips.
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It also provides cooling for the voltage regulation circuitry and memory chips.
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With a retail price of $340, the card sits in the same price segment as most competing GTX 970 cards, and it's also more expensive than other R9 390 variants which can be had for as little as $290.
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With a price of $340, the card is more expensive than other R9 390s from other manufacturers, sitting at a price point that competes with many high-end GTX 970 cards.
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Price-wise, the card is retailing with a slight $10 increase over the reference design.
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I would recommend the R9 390 for gaming at up to and including 1080p, where it will deliver good framerates with full details set in-game.
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Gaming noise is quite good, better than with many other cards in this performance range, and pretty quiet considering the card's heat output.
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So for right now, my recommendation would be a 4 GB R9 290 instead if you are looking for an affordable card that will let you play all games at 1080p.
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During gaming, the fan ramps up and becomes noticeable, but with 34 dBA, it is relatively quiet, especially considering the noise levels we have seen on many other AMD cards.
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Average: We use Metro: Last Light at 1920x1080 because it is representative of a typical gaming power draw.
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In gaming, temperatures are low as well, and so is noise.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Grenada
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,060 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 390 1 GHz 8 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,560
Texture mapping units 160
Render output processors 64
Compute units 40
Pixel rate 67.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 169.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 5,427 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,525 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,100 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit
Memory 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 275W
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