AMD Radeon R9 390X

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How well can the Radeon R9 390X run games
AMD Radeon R9 390X
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon R9 390X is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2023 popular games. This short Radeon R9 390X game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 446 games in the list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Far Cry 6 getting 25 FPS with the Radeon R9 390X, Grand Theft Auto VI predicted to get 23 FPS and Dying Light 2 getting 31 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Far Cry 6 to see how the Radeon R9 390X dealt with it. It scored up a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 50 FPS, Medium: 40 FPS, High: 27 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. Next we looked at Grand Theft Auto VI which we predict will be weak with a 17 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Dying Light 2 that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 23. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 390X running at 1440p is going to need to lower its graphics settings to medium on modern games.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390X in your PC? This Radeon R9 390X card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390X? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the Radeon R9 390X.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon R9 390X was released on 18 Jun 2015
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X
GCN 1.1 Grenada XT
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
67 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Max Power
275 Watts
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon R9 390X Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 390X is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Grenada XT which has 44 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1050MHz.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 290W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon R9 390X competes with GeForce GTX 980 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon R9 290X with the addition of twice as much video memory (8GB against 4GB).
Its Performance lies somewhere between GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980, as does its price.
However, the lack of DirectX 12.1 Support paired with the enormous Power Consumption (almost twice as much as GeForce GTX 980) and the Gimmicked 8GB Frame Buffer, makes it an extremely uncompetitive product.
Still, Radeon R9 390X 8GB is around $120 cheaper than GeForce GTX 980 and performs reasonably better at 4K, though it is still best suited for 2560x1600.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 390X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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