XFX Radeon R9 390 Black Edition OC 8GB Video Card Review

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Grand Theft Auto V


Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements.



In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn’t want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted the maximum values as those results are garbage for some reason.


Benchmark Results: After running the games built-in benchmark and averaging the runs together we found that the XFX Radeon R9 390 was faster (~62 FPS) than the GeForce GTX 970 (~59 FPS) on the average frame rates. The minimum frame rates were only 1 FPS apart.


Benchmark Results: At 4K the GForce GT 980 was averaging about 33 FPS versus 32 FPS on the Radeon R9 390 in GTAV. The minimum frame rate on the R9 390 was also higher than that of the GTX 970, GTX 980 and even the much more expensive R9 Nano.

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