The ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB was found to be a nicely designed custom Radeon R9 390X graphics card. The performance was right where we expected it to be with these clock speeds, but we were caught a little off guard with the temperature numbers that were a bit higher than we initially expected. The good news is that you can override the default ASUS fan curve and create your own. This means you’ll likely make the card a bit louder, but you’ll be able to bring the temperatures down to where you’d like to run them 24/7.
With regards to pricing, the ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX-R9390X-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING 8GB video card is $439.99 shipped from Amazon or $429.99 shipped after a $10 mail-in-rebate at Newegg. The ‘standard’ ASUS Radeon R9 390X R9390X-DC2-8GD5 video card is priced at $399.99 Shipped after a $20 MIR, so you are looking at about $20-30 extra to get the fully custom card depending on the promotions that are going on any given time. Both ASUS Radeon R9 390X 8GB video cards are backed by a 3-year warranty. The AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB video cards are getting tougher to find, so if you are looking for a video card in the $400 price range from AMD this is it unless you wanted to step up to the ASUS Radeon R9 Fury in the $550-$570 price range.
At the end of the day the ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB is a well built graphics card that is capable of gaming at pretty much any resolution out there today. The latest generation DirectCU III cooling solution is beefy, but the default fan speed profile is a little too relaxed for our liking. The good news is that you can manually change that and that is what saved this card from not getting our recommended award!
Legit Bottom Line: The ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB puts the AMD Hawaii GPU to work in a fully custom board to maximize performance!