AMD Radeon R9 390: specs and benchmarks



AMD started Radeon R9 390 sales 18 June 2015 at a recommended price of $329 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN 2.0 architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 0 MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000 GHz are supplied, and together with 512 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 384 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 275 mm. 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 275 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 23.11% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

RTX 4090GeForce RTX4090

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon R9 390: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking199
Value for money12.47
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 (2013−2017)
GPU code nameGrenada
Market segmentDesktop
Release date18 June 2015 (8 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$329
Current price$20 (0.1x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon R9 390's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 390's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed1000 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors6,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)275 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate160.0of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance5,120 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon R9 390 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm
Supplementary power connectors1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire1


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 390: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)-
Maximum RAM amount0 MBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width512 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth384 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 390. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Number of Eyefinity displays6
DisplayPort support+


Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 390. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

DDMA audio+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 390, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model6.3

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon R9 390. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 390 23.11


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

R9 390 9000

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

R9 390 12730

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

R9 390 1520

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 390. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 593 Mh/s  
Decred / DCR (Decred) 0.95 Gh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 29.26 Mh/s  
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.81 kh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 380.03 Sol/s  

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 390 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Radeon R9 390's performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon R9 390 is GeForce GTX TITAN Z, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our ranking.


Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R9 390:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

GTX 1060 5 GBGeForce GTX1060 5 GB
R9 295X2Radeon R9295X2
GTX 1060 3 GBGeForce GTX1060 3 GB

Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with Radeon R9 390 according to our statistics.

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