AMD Radeon R9 390X vs RX 480

AMD Radeon R9 390X
AMD Radeon RX 480

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
n/d
 
76.96
Architecture
GCN
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
Grenada
 
Ellesmere
GCN generation
n/d
 
4th Gen
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
reference
Release date
18 June 2015
 
29 June 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$429
 
$229
Price
n/d
 
$289.07

Technical specs

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2816
 
2304
Compute units
n/d
 
36
Core clock speed
n/d
 
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1050 MHz
 
1266 MHz
Transistor count
6,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
275 Watt
 
150 Watt
Texture fill rate
184.8 GTexel / s
 
182.3 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
5,914 gflops
 
5,834 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 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 support
PCIe 3.0
 
n / a
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
275 mm
 
241 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
 
1x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
+
 
+

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480: 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 type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
-
 
n/d
Maximum RAM amount
n/d
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1050 MHz
 
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
384 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
+
 
+
Number of Eyefinity displays
6
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
2.0
DisplayPort support
+
 
1.4HDR

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
-
 
n / a
CrossFire
+
 
+
Enduro
-
 
n / a
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
+
 
+
HD3D
-
 
n / a
LiquidVR
-
 
+
PowerTune
+
 
+
TressFX
-
 
+
TrueAudio
+
 
n / a
ZeroCore
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
+
 
+
DDMA audio
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
n/d
 
+
HDMI 2.0b
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
-
 
+
Mantle
+
 
n / a

Video card benchmarks performance comparison

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
45.03 +0.2%
 
44.92 −0.2%
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
318024
 
n/d
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
74351 +3%
 
72213 −3%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10431 +1%
 
10329 −1%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
12389
 
n/d
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
17944
 
n/d
3DMark Vantage Performance
35807
 
n/d
Passmark
8542 +5.2%
 
8116 −5.2%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4502 +0%
 
4501 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4502 +0%
 
4501 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
684 Mh/s +12.1%
 
610 Mh/s −12.1%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
27.5 Mh/s +1.9%
 
27 Mh/s −1.9%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
n/d
 
270 Sol/s

Game benchmarks comparison (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.16 −200%
 
0.48 +200%
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
129
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
112
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
35
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
99
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
89
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
38
Civilization VI (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
77
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
68
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
58
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
64
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
33
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
20
Dishonored 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
68
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
61
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
25
Doom (2016)
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
80
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
30
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
n/d
 
133
medium / 1080p
n/d
 
95
high / 1080p
n/d
 
85
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
59
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
28
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
medium / 768p
n/d
 
125
high / 1080p
n/d
 
80
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
70
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
25
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
197
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
139
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
57
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
57
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
26
The Division (2016)
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
58
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
28
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
medium / 768p
n/d
 
108
high / 1080p
n/d
 
66
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
41
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
23
XCOM 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
58
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
27
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
16
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
154
 
n/d
medium / 768p
141
 
n/d
high / 1080p
89
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
73 +7.7%
 
68 −7.7%
4k / 2160p
33 +17.3%
 
28 −17.3%
GTA V (2015)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
106
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
46
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
35
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
72
 
n/d
medium / 768p
66
 
n/d
high / 1080p
54 −62.7%
 
88 +62.7%
ultra / 1080p
49 −68.7%
 
82 +68.7%
4k / 2160p
31 −4.5%
 
33 +4.5%
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
275
 
n/d
medium / 768p
217
 
n/d
high / 1080p
145
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
108 −18%
 
127 +18%
4k / 2160p
54 +11.6%
 
48 −11.6%
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
184
 
n/d
medium / 768p
131
 
n/d
high / 1080p
76 −2.6%
 
78 +2.6%
ultra / 1080p
41 −7.6%
 
44 +7.6%
4k / 2160p
29 +7%
 
27 −7%
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
190
 
n/d
medium / 768p
122
 
n/d
high / 1080p
111
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
107
 
n/d
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
198
 
n/d
medium / 768p
189
 
n/d
high / 768p
172
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
90 +9.4%
 
82 −9.4%
4k / 2160p
50 +19.1%
 
42 −19.1%
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
130
 
n/d
medium / 768p
123
 
n/d
high / 768p
90
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
56 +6.7%
 
53 −6.7%
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
551
 
n/d
medium / 768p
417
 
n/d
high / 768p
315
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
155
 
n/d

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 390X

0.2% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (512 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (2816 vs 2304)
Higher memory bandwidth (384 vs 224 GB/s)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
CrossFire
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
HD3D
TrueAudio
FreeSync
DirectX® 12
OpenGL® 4.5
Vulkan™
OpenCL™ 2.0

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 480

200% faster (about 3 times) in games
Much newer (29 June 2016 vs 18 June 2015)
Cheaper ($229 vs $429)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (150 vs 275 watts)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0b
AMD FreeSync
FRTC
LiquidVR
TressFX
UVD
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, R9 390X or RX 480?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon R9 390X and AMD Radeon RX 480. The differences in performance seem too small.
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