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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition Radeon R5 220
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 3820%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 3820%
eFootball PES 2020 26% 1847%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 54% 3927%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 4260%
Borderlands 3 15% 2913%
Red Dead Redemption 2 50% 3820%
F1 2019 24% 3153%
Control 91% 4900%
Doom Eternal 6% 2353%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R5 220.

The R9 390 has a 360 MHz higher core clock speed and 152 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R5 220. This results in the R9 390 providing 156.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 390 has a 360 MHz higher core clock speed and 60 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R5 220. This results in the R9 390 providing 62 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 390 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon R5 220, and so the R9 390 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon R5 220.

The R9 390 has 7168 MB more video memory than the Radeon R5 220, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 390 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390 has 375.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R5 220, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is massively better than the Radeon R5 220.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R5 220 has 80. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390 is 2198 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R5 220 is 26. The R9 390 having 2172 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 390 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R5 220.

The R9 390 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon R5 220. This means that the R9 390 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon R5 220.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R5 220 requires 19 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 390 and a PSU with at least 250 Watts for the Radeon R5 220. The R9 390 requires 356 Watts more than the Radeon R5 220 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R5 220.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PROTerascale Cedar PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs21 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs533 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs8.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 128 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs80
Actual Shader Performance100%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units160vs8
Texture Rate161.6 GTexel/svs5.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs4
Pixel Rate64.6 GPixel/svs2.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs19 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs250 Watts & 18 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1024x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1010MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
Two-ball bearing: Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.

Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.
Radeon R5 220 is an OEM only, entry-level Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Terascale Architecture.

Terascale was AMD's first Unified Shader Architecture. In addition to being manufactured with a 40nm Technology, against the 55nm of previous Graphics Cards, it supports DirectX 10 and the Shaders now called Shader Processing Units have been redesigned and do all the Graphical work of Pixel and Vertex Shaders.

It equips a GPU codenamed Cedar PRO which has 1 Compute Units activated and thus offers 80 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 650MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 800MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Eyefinity, Stream Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 18W, it requires at least a 250W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Radeon R5 220 is a direct re-brand of Radeon HD 5450.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is extremely limited and even the older GeForce GT 220 is still faster.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 2GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R5 220.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770TE 4-Core 2.3GHz
Intel Core i5-4670R 3.0GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3690
Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz
AMD APU A4-5300B Dual-Core
AMD APU A4-5300 Dual-Core
AMD Athlon X2 7450
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
AMD Opteron 1354
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