Radeon R9 390X: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon R9 390X provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 24.44% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 390X sales 16 June 2015 at a recommended price of $429 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6 GHz are supplied, and together with 512 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 384.0 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. One 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors are required, and power consumption is at 275 Watt.

Primary details

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

Place in performance ranking206
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation12.62
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameGrenada XT
Market segmentDesktop
Release date16 June 2015 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$429
Current price$19.99 (0x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores2816of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1050 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors6,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)275 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate184.8of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance5,914 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon R9 390X 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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 390X: 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
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width512 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed6000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth384.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 390X. 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
Eyefinity+
HDMI+

API compatibility

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

DirectX12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.3
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon R9 390X. 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 390X 24.44

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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 390X 9439

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

R9 390X 17944

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

R9 390X 35807

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

R9 390X 12389

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

R9 390X 74351

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

R9 390X 318024

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 390X 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.

Average FPS across all PC games

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD86
4K47

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 40−45

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 40−45
Battlefield 5 80−85
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 40−45
Far Cry 5 55−60
Far Cry New Dawn 60−65
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 95−100
Metro Exodus 75−80
Red Dead Redemption 2 65−70
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80−85
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 40−45
Battlefield 5 80−85
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 40−45
Far Cry 5 55−60
Far Cry New Dawn 60−65
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 95−100
Metro Exodus 75−80
Red Dead Redemption 2 65−70
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80−85
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 76
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 40−45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 40−45
Far Cry 5 55−60
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Horizon Zero Dawn 95−100
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80−85
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 41
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 65−70

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 40−45
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 50−55
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 30−33
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

1440p
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 40−45

4K
High Preset

Battlefield 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24

Closest competitors

Radeon R9 390X's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon R9 390X is GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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