Sapphire Radeon R9 390 

Released June, 2015
  • 1 GHz
  • 8 GB GDDR5
7.9 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 over $400

Gaming

Radeon R9 390
6.4
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon R9 390
8.6
T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Radeon R9 390
9.1
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon R9 390
6.7
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Radeon R9 390
7.6
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

Radeon R9 390
7.5
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.9

Overall Score

Radeon R9 390
7.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 390

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
607.43 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1080
685.15 mHash/s
Radeon R9 390X
683.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
120.27 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1080
147.18 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 390X
114.29 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 390
3,178.86 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1080
1,721.2 frames/s
Radeon R9 390X
2,911.86 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 390
72.81

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 390
418.55

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 390
21.89

Bioshock Infinite

Radeon R9 390
59

Metro: Last Light

Radeon R9 390
75

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 390


8.6
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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Performance

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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Applications

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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Gaming

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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Power

You can find the GTX 970 online for $310, which is definitely a better option in terms of performance, power draw, and noise—pretty much everything.
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Furmark maximum power reaches 365 W, which is close to the maximum the two 8-pin power inputs are specified for.
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In terms of clocks or power settings, both BIOSes are the same.
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Memory

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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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Grenada
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,010 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 64.6 GPixel/s
Texture rate 161.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 5,171 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,500 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit
Memory 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 275W
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