ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB Video Card Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX

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!

LR 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!

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  • Tim Lester

    comparing the flagship amd card to a 970? lol try it against a 980ti or a Titan and watch it get smoked.

    • Lavante Torino

      3.5 GB of VRAM, 32 ROPS, nVeediots = liars.

    • Cain Xander

      390/x are not flagship cards Here get educated

    • Jesper Sommer

      The 390X is not a “flagship” card. It is the upper-medium choice currently. The flagships are the “Fury” and “Fury X” cards which are more expensive and which certainly can go head-to-head with a 980ti in scenarios where no more than 4 GB VRAM is required. Their weak point is the 4 GB limit currently imposed by the stacked HBM VRAM. Even in spite of this the Fury X performs better at 4K and worse at 1080p than the 980ti.

  • ss

    This website compares an OC model against an ITX nvidia card. Benchmark games where AMD is strong, and with high resolutions where the 8GB of video memory is used. Then you display a total of about 10% more performance with all that and despite being 100$ more expensive you award the card? WTF LEGITreviews? LMAO.

    • Lavante Torino


    • Corey Sitzler

      That is what nivida would do right.