Radeon_R9_390X_Asus_DirectCU_II_8GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 384 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Microsoft Flight Simulator will get 40 FPS with the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition, Horizon: Zero Dawn getting 48 FPS and Marvel's Avengers predicted to get 26 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 researched the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator to predict how the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 81 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 43 FPS and Ultra: 31 FPS. Next we looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn which was playable with a 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Marvel's Avengers that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 20. 1440p Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition PC gaming is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 38% better and can meet 852 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is 48% more powerful and can run 945 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
67 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Grenada XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
$429.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
384GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 Watts
PSU
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 390X, created by Asus.


Overclock: Central Unit
None.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 390X 8GB.


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Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
11%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 15% 5%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 2%
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 44%
Marvel's Avengers 35% 44%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 44%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 52% 39%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 30% 88%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 56%
Death Stranding 37% 11%
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition Extras
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