AMD Radeon R9 390X: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 390X
Radeon R9 390X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 0
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1050
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 32.24

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 390X sales 16 June 2015 at a recommended price of $429. This is GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 0 MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.05 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 good gaming and benchmark performance at

32.24%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 390X's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating149
Value for money62.32
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameGrenada XT
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date16 June 2015 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$429
Price now$153 (0.4x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon R9 390X's general performance parameters 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 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1050 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors6,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)275 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate184.8of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance5,914 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 390X's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length275 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire1

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 390X: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)-
Maximum RAM amount0 MBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width512 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1050 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth384 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 390X. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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

Technologies

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

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D-
PowerTune+
TrueAudio+
ZeroCore-
VCE+
DDMA audio+

API support

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

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model6.3
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan+
Mantle+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 390X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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 32.24
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Passmark

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.

R9 390X 74351

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 390X 10431

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 enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

R9 390X 12389

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.

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.

R9 390X 35807

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.

R9 390X 318024

Passmark

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.

R9 390X 9479

Mining hashrates

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

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 684 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 27.5 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

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.

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

Full HD91
4K47

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 76
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 41
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 390X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon R9 390X's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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