Average Bench: 50% (104th of 681)

Based on 84,453 user benchmarks.  Device: 1002 67B1 Models: AMD Radeon (TM) R9 390, AMD Radeon R9 300

The new AMD R9 390 is the direct successor to the R9 290. Both cards share the same GPU but the R9 390 is factory overclocked. The R9 390 has a 5% higher stock GPU clock, and a substantial stock memory clock increase of 20%. Additionally the R9 390 sports a minimum of 8GB of VRAM versus 4GB on the R9 290. At the current price levels of $329, the R9 390 can't compete given that R9 290s can be had for around $260. The increased VRAM will rarely help even at ultra high resolutions and in any case, most 4K gamers are likely to seek more GPU power than the R9 390 has to offer. We have seen several samples of the R9 390 and they scored an effective speed of 88.5% which, as expected, matches the speeds seen on overclocked R9 290s. On the face of it purchasing an R9 290 at a discount and then manually overclocking will result in the same performance as an R9 390 but with a saving of around $70. [Jun '15 GPUPro]

Below average average bench

The AMD R9 390 averaged 50.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 64fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 58.8fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD R9 390 is just 8.21%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the AMD R9 390 performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 72.1fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 85.3fps

Average Bench

(Based on 84,453 samples)
Min Avg Max
54.9 Lighting 64 68.6
65.5 Reflection 72.1 75.6
73 Parallax 85.3 90.9
51.8% 73.8 fps
Min Avg Max
57 MRender 63 65.6
53.9 Gravity 58.8 61.1
42.6 Splatting 44.5 46.2
47.9% 55.4 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1040 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 21.5.2
Lighting 66.3
Reflection 74.2
Parallax 88.5
54% 76.3 fps
MRender 64.7
Gravity 60.7
Splatting 46
49% 57.1 fps
Gigabyte(1458 22BD) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1025 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 21.5.2
Lighting 65.5
Reflection 73.3
Parallax 81.7
53% 73.5 fps
MRender 63.3
Gravity 58.9
Splatting 44
48% 55.4 fps
PowerColor(148C 2358) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1010 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 21.5.2
Lighting 62.2
Reflection 73.2
Parallax 82.5
50% 72.6 fps
MRender 63.2
Gravity 58.1
Splatting 44
47% 55.1 fps
Asus(1043 04ED) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1050 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 21.5.2
Lighting 52.9
Reflection 72
Parallax 78.2
43% 67.7 fps
MRender 63.2
Gravity 56.9
Splatting 45.1
47% 55.1 fps
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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $329 @ launch in Jun '15)
MSI(1462 2015) 39% 51% ± 3%
MSI R9 390 8GB Gaming
R9 390 GAMING 8G
Sapphire(174B E324) 20% 50% ± 3%
Sapphire R9 390 8GB Nitro Tri-X OC +BP
AmazonUS $39022 months
Sapphire R9 390 8GB Nitro Tri-X OC
AmazonUS $32523 months
XFX(1682 9390) 13% 48% ± 3%
XFX R9 390 8GB Black
AmazonUS $3406 years
XFX R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation
AmazonUS $3495 years
XFX R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation
AmazonUS $49517 months
XFX R9 390 8GB Black Nero
Gigabyte(1458 22BD) 8% 50% ± 2%
Asus(1043 04ED) 6% 50% ± 3%
PowerColor(148C 2358) 6% 49% ± 3%
Asus(1043 04DD) 3% 51% ± 2%
Asus R9 390 8GB STRIX
AmazonUS $4002 years
Asus(1043 04D9) 2% 47% ± 5%
Asus(1043 04EF) 1% 53% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 22C1) 1% 50% ± 0%
PwrHis(1787 2358) 1% 48% ± 2%
Device(17AF 2390) 1% 51% ± 0%
Asus(1043 04D7) 0% 51% ± 1%
PwrHis(1787 2020) 0% 51% ± 0%
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Gaming 37%
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Desktop 72%
Workstation 32%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $547

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27 days ago.


It gets the job done, until it starts artifacting. With an artifacting r9 390, or any artifacting gpu really, the gpu's drivers will just randomly stop working when you're trying to run a high-end game. Pixels all over the screen will start dying in random patterns, and to stop it you have to force shut down your computer. It's a real pain. Get a 980. —Jan '22


1 month ago.

Its cheap and it runs most games decently


8 months ago.


Had huge problems all the way thorugh, from drivers disabling the fans leading to overheating and consequent throttling and damage, to drivers updates outright crashing my windows installation and shorting the card to failure. When it did its job it did it well, though. 5 solid years of 1080p gaming. Bought it originally to play Skyrim with hugely modded textures and the 8GB helped.—Dec '20


5 years ago.

really nice card for the money. surpasses the gtx 970 which is around the same price point.


2 years ago.

Great value for the price when it came out compared to other cards with 8GB.


8 days ago.

I own Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8GB 1040 MHz model for more than a year. It is a power hungry GPU, but besides that it has excellent cooling, it's more than capable to provide smooth gaming @ 1920x1080 on highest possible settings and also capable pushing every single game out there @ 2560x1440 on high or even highest possible settings. It'll be more than enough for 4 years or so, especially for 1080p system.


6 months ago.

Still using it today, december 2021, still averaging 150 FPS in R6S with some minor adjustments (still native 1080p resolution and most things medium to high). It's not beefy enough to run heavier titles such as Far Cry 6 without making pretty visible sacrifices to keep the FPS above 60, though earlier Far Cry titles ran nicely. Time to upgrade, I know, but given the current prices I'm going to stick to this one for a little longer. Really good value for the money. This GPU has served me very well and keeps on going (brand is XFX).


8 months ago.

amazing gpu but breaks kinda easily from overheating


7 years ago.


23 months ago.

very good fast , easy kill gtx 980 at some vram demanding games . better than fury x too


3 years ago.

A good value for the time, an ok value today.


3 years ago.

During the GPU price insanity this was the best price point close second to 1080


2 years ago.

Good price to performance.


6 years ago.

Perfect GPU for gaming. Not need Upgrade Only XFire ;)


6 years ago.

I've gone from Two GTX670's in SLI to one of these cards and am thoroughly impressed!


2 years ago.

Very respectable GPU today for 1080p. Seems to have aged better than the FX-9590 in my system, that's for sure. Watch out, this consumes a lot of power and produces plenty of heat.


6 years ago.

I have it really good card in idle stay at 40 degree really fast


3 years ago.

375W TDP Sapphire nitro+


3 years ago.

great card still holds its own to this day. just hogs a lot of power

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