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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition Radeon R7 250E
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 568%
Control 91% 752%
eFootball PES 2020 26% 232%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 568%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 643%
Borderlands 3 15% 414%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 54% 586%
Red Dead Redemption 2 50% 568%
F1 2019 24% 455%
FIFA 20 42% 159%

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 250E.

The R9 390 has a 210 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 250E. This results in the R9 390 providing 136 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 210 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250E. This results in the R9 390 providing 51.8 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 Radeon R7 250E, 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 R7 250E.

The R9 390 has 7168 MB more video memory than the Radeon R7 250E, 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 312 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250E, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390 is massively better than the Radeon R7 250E.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 250E has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390 is 2198 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250E is 348. The R9 390 having 1850 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 R7 250E.

The Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro 8GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 250E requires 55 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 Radeon R7 250E. The R9 390 requires 320 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250E 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 R7 250E.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada PROGCN 1.0 Cape Verde PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs20 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth384GB/secvs72GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs512
Actual Shader Performance100%vs17%
Texture Mapping Units160vs32
Texture Rate161.6 GTexel/svs25.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs16
Pixel Rate64.6 GPixel/svs12.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs55 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 50 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1600x900

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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 R7 250E is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Cape Verde PRO which has 8 Compute Units activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 800MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1125MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 55W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Radeon R7 250E is a direct rebrand of Radeon HD 7750 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 250E is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i3 Quad Core/AMD FX Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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 250E Club3D Low Profile 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition



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