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
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
60.94
Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
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 now
n/d
 
$220

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

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 benchmark 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

R9 390X 39.97 +5.2%
RX 480 37.99

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

R9 390X 318024
RX 480 383333 +20.5%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 390X 74351 +3%
RX 480 72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 390X 10431 +1%
RX 480 10329

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 390X 12389 +1.7%
RX 480 12186

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

R9 390X 17944 +0.1%
RX 480 17919

3DMark Vantage Performance

R9 390X 35807
RX 480 39552 +10.5%

Passmark

R9 390X 8540 +5.2%
RX 480 8116

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

Let's see how good Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 960
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 4850
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 7950

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
197
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
139
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
57
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
106
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
46
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
35
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 460
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rainbow Six Siege on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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%
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 6800
RX 480
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
RX 480
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

R9 390X
RX 480
recommended GeForce 6600
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 6150 LE
RX 480
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 2400
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Resident Evil 7

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Resident Evil 7 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 760
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Resident Evil 7 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
129
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
112
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
35

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Battlefield 1 (BF1) official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 7850
RX 480
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
99
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
89
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
38

Civilization VI

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Civilization VI official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 5570
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Civilization VI on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
77
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
68
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
58

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
RX 480
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
64
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
33
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
20

Dishonored 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Dishonored 2 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 7970
RX 480
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored 2 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
68
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
61
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
25

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 7870
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Doom on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
80
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
30

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 5770
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry Primal on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 650
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
57
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
26

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 7770
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
58
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
28

Watch Dogs 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Watch Dogs 2 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Watch Dogs 2 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

medium / 768p
n/d
 
108
high / 1080p
n/d
 
66
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
41
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
23

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 5770
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of XCOM 2 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
n/d
 
58
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
27
4k / 2160p
n/d
 
16

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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%

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum Radeon HD 7870
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Just Cause 3 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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%

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

low / 768p
161
 
n/d
medium / 768p
141
 
n/d
high / 1080p
117
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
104 +4%
 
100 −4%
4k / 2160p
43 +10.4%
 
39 −10.4%

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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%

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

low / 768p
192
 
n/d
medium / 768p
149
 
n/d
high / 1080p
129
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
124
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
56
 
n/d

Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Dragon Age: Inquisition official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dragon Age: Inquisition on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

low / 768p
155
 
n/d
medium / 768p
144
 
n/d
high / 1080p
89
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
68
 
n/d

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 6600
RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

low / 768p
190
 
n/d
medium / 768p
122
 
n/d
high / 1080p
111
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
107
 
n/d

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
RX 480
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce GTS 450
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

R9 390X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
RX 480
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 390X and Radeon RX 480.

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

5.2% 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

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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