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7.9 Out of 10
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.
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.
GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 390 among Desktop GPUs
Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 390
Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 390
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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight
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.
Gaming noise is quite good, better than with many other cards in this performance range, and pretty quiet considering the card's heat output.
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.
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.
If you want a new card, however, the R9 390 is an excellent choice with a good price-to-performance ratio.
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.
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.
The main heatsink also cools the memory chips.
It also provides cooling for the voltage regulation circuitry and memory chips.
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.
Average: We use Metro: Last Light at 1920x1080 because it is representative of a typical gaming power draw.
In gaming, temperatures are low as well, and so is noise.
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.
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.
Price-wise, the card is retailing with a slight $10 increase over the reference design.
Specifications Full list of technical specs
|Clock speed||1,010 MHz|
|Is dual GPU||No|
|Reference card||AMD Radeon R9 390 1 GHz 8 GB|
|Texture mapping units||160|
|Render output processors||64|
|Pixel rate||64.6 GPixel/s|
|Texture rate||161.6 GTexel/s|
|Floating-point performance||5,171 GFLOPS|
|Memory clock speed||1,500 MHz|
|Effective memory clock speed||6,000 MHz|
|Memory bus||512 bit|
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