AMD Radeon HD 8990 (OEM)

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How well can the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) run games
AMD Radeon HD 8990 (OEM)
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

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

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) graphics card, when running 2023 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. The Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 445 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

The Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) graphics card is returning a weak performance on Resident Evil 8 at 1080p of 22 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Forza Horizon 5 which we saw got playable frame rates of 44 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Back 4 Blood, which was getting 44 FPS under tests.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) by playing Resident Evil 8 which yielded a weak performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 44FPS, M: 35FPS, H: 23FPS, U: 17FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Forza Horizon 5 and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 33 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Back 4 Blood which gets playable results with a 33FPS on Ultra 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM)? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the Radeon HD 8990 (OEM).
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) was released on 24 Apr 2013
AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 8990 (OEM)
GCN 1.0 Malta
Texture Rate
256 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
2560 x 1600
Notebook GPU
6144MB (x2)
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
384bit (x2)
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
768KB (x2)
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
950 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
Max Power
375 Watts
750 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) is an OEM Only, Dual-Graphics Solution based on 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 two GPUs Codenamed Tahiti XT which together have 64 Compute Units activated and thus offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 950MHz and goes up 1000MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Each GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5 Memory, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 375W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7990 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8990 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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