ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD CATALYST 15.8 Beta
  • NVIDIA GeForce 355.82

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Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-12-12-30 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room.

Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB Video Card GPU-Z Info:

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvV1KgGZtMo

    • 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

    OMG.
    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

      butthurt.

    • Corey Sitzler

      That is what nivida would do right.