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AMD Radeon R9 390 Review - Benchmarks Review


We’ve locked and loaded eight games for this GPU test. Our five normal games are Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light and Batman: Arkham Origins. We’ve also added Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto V to our slate of test titles.

We’ve tested at 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160 to see how the R9 390 will handle high-resolution single screens. We’ve run our tests at 1080p, even though it’s almost a moot point – this card is powerful enough to blast through any game at that lower resolution.

We’ve used 3D Mark’s Fire Strike test and four Unigine Heaven benchmarks to test theoretical performance, and we’ve taken idle and load temperatures and power requirements to see which card is the coolest and most frugal.

Our test rig consists of an Asus X79-Deluxe motherboard, Intel Core i7-4960X processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk.

To get prices for each card, we visited Overclockers and noted down the cheapest stock-speed card we could find. Later in the review we will be referring to the various overclocked and tweaked models available for each GPU, which will be more expensive.

3DMark Fire Strike: 10,793
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 5,276
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,742

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 64/77
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 44/52
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 22/28

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 80/116
1440p Very High quality minimum/average:61/88
4K Ultra Very High minimum/average: 35/56

1080p Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 14/82
1440p Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 13/74
4K Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 11/38

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 43/79
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 33/50
4K Ultra Very High minimum/average: 17/25

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 41/98
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 32/65
4K Ultra Very High minimum/average: 22/32

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 58/99
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 48/69
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 31/39

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 116/150
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 80/97
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 38/45

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 39/95
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 37/75
4K Ultra Very High minimum/average: 22/39

Unigine Extreme 1080p: 56
Unigine Extreme 1440p: 34.4
Unigine Extreme 4K: 15.2

Idle/peak temperature: 53°C/66°C
Idle/peak power: 102W/385W

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Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

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