AMD Radeon R9 390 Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire run games
4 Apr 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon R9 390 Crossfire will blast beyond the majority of games requirements at 1080p, so crank up your screen resolution to 1440p or 4K and let the beautiful AAA game visuals wash over you. This is how gaming is meant to be played but you are likely to have to pay top dollar for the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire privilege. But if you can get this graphics solution, then its happy gaming. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2021. The Radeon R9 390 Crossfire can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 788 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time getting 68 FPS with the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire, Far Cry 6 predicted to get 41 FPS and Cyberpunk 2077 getting 56 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire ran Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time to a reasonable performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 137 FPS, Medium: 108 FPS, High: 73 FPS and Ultra: 52 FPS. Another game researched was Far Cry 6 with predictions of L: 82FPS, M: 64FPS, H: 43FPS, U: 31FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Cyberpunk 2077, which returned L: 113FPS, M: 89FPS, H: 60FPS, U: 43FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire is a good choice for running modern games at Ultra in this larger screen resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for 2 to 3 years of meeting top end game system requirements

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 28% better and can meet 979 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 390 Crossfire is the R-500 Series Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB, which is 20% more powerful and can run 964 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
90 FPS
The Radeon R9 390 Crossfire was released on 18 Jun 2015

Radeon R9 390 Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 390 Crossfire
GCN 1.1 Grenada PRO (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
320 GTexel/s
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
128 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
16384 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Max Power
550 Watts
850 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
3x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
3840 x 2160
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon R9 390 Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 390 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 390 put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

Radeon R9 390 Features a GPU Codenamed Grenada PRO which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Hawaii PRO GPU used on the older Radeon R9 290.

Grenada PRO has 40 Compute Units Unlocked and offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The Central Unit runs at 1000MHz.

Memory: Speed
Each GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 512-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 8GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 550W.

Performance is Sufficient for Detailed Gaming at 4K.

System Suggestions
We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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Radeon R9 390 Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 36% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 27% 16%
Outriders 71% 7%
Resident Evil 8 46% 7%
Far Cry 6 27% 19%
It Takes Two 72% 28%
Valheim 58% 18%
Monster Hunter Rise 75% 28%
Total War: Rome Remastered 97% 85%
Battlefield 6 52% 7%
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