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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition Radeon R7 240 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 1053%
eFootball PES 2020 33% 418%
Borderlands 3 15% 786%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 1182%
Metro: Exodus 67% 1182%
Doom Eternal 6% 622%
The Division 2 67% 1182%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 54% 1084%
Watch Dogs Legion 15% 786%
FIFA 20 34% 410%

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 R7 240 2GB.

The R9 390 has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 140 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 240. This results in the R9 390 providing 147 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 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Render Output Units than the R7 240. This results in the R9 390 providing 58.8 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 R7 240, 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 R7 240.

The R9 390 has 6144 MB more video memory than the R7 240, 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 355.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 240, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is massively better than the R7 240.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 240 2GB has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390 is 2198 and the actual shader performance of the R7 240 is 212. The R9 390 having 1986 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 R7 240.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 240 2GB requires 30 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 390 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 240. The R9 390 requires 345 Watts more than the R7 240 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 R7 240.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs730 MHz
Boost Clock-vs780 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PROGCN 1.1 Oland PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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4.9
1920x1080
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3.1
2560x1440
7.5
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2.3
3840x2160
5.7
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs320
Actual Shader Performance100%vs10%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs20
Texture Rate161.6 GTexel/svs14.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs8
Pixel Rate64.6 GPixel/svs5.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs30 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs400 Watts & 18 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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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
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


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.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390.
Note: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the DDR3 Version.

Radeon R7 240 2GB offers a core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 320 Shader Processing Units, 20 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 730MHz and goes up to 780MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 900MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 30W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Compared to Radeon R7 250, its performance is significantly lower (over 25% slower), especially at higher resolutions due to the limited memory bandwidth. Still, the TDP is relatively low and so this card may be used on low end systems and offer a reasonable upgrade, when compared to integrated graphics.
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
Intel Pentium G4620 3.7GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz
AMD FX-6100
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-Radeon R7 240 Asus Low Profile 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 XFX Low Profile 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 Asus 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 XFX Core Low Profile 4GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 Sapphire 4GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 PowerColor OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 PowerColor OC V2 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 MSI OC 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 Asus Low Profile OC 4GB Edition
Radeon R7 240 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition

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