ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 10.12.15
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General +  
The ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB did well in our tests. It comes with a tiny factory overclock of 20 MHz on the GPU, but on the other hand, there is a great cooler. Its fan profile has been set to deactivate the fans when the operating system is in idle, which makes the card noiseless under these circumstances. Under load this is still silent at 87°C. Performance wise this particular card is on the level we expected it to be. Since the R9 390X is basically a rebrand of the 290X with 4 GB of additional memory, it's able to score a few more frames especially running UHD. Most games, when they're being run at UHD, require more than 4GB of VRAM and that is actually where the 390X with 8GB scores.   - Performance
- Cooling
- Design
- Noise level
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
As noted earlier, the triple fan, dual slot cooler on this particular card is really powerful. We very much like the fact, that in idle this card is inaudible, since the fans are not spinning at all. Under load the cooler is still silent running at 35.4 dBA. At full load temperatures reach 87°C and there is no throttling.   - Inaudible in 2D  
Performance   + -
As we already mentioned, the card particularly benefits when being tested with games running ultra high resolutions. Having a closer look at UHD results, we see that this R9 390X with 8GB VRAM can pull away from the R9 290X by on average of 11.6 percent. This is thanks to the fact, that there is twice the memory and apart from that the VRAM also runs higher frequencies than the predecessor. Other than that the fact, that the GPU has been overclocked by a mere 20 MHz, doesn't bring any noticeable difference. Having a look at 1080p the 390X is only a tiny little be quicker than the 290X.

At this point we're also checking on power consupmtion of this particular card. In idle we find the R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB from ASUS burn 71 Watts and under load the figures go up to 371 Watt. In comparison to that an R9 290X pulls 70 Watt from the plug when our system is in idle and 366 Watts under load, therfore this card is equally power hungry especially under full load.
  - Performance
- Power consumption
Recommendation / Price   + -
These days we find this card listed in Europe for 427 Euro. At this price point the Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB is an interesting card being almost as fast as a reference GeForce GTX 980.

Should you be looking for a graphics card with 8GB of VRAM, a great cooler at a reasonable price, then the ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB is definitely worth considering.
  - 2160p Gaming
- Silent PC
The ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB receives very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - Thief
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Metro Last Light
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - Far Cry 4
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - GTA V
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GRID Autosport
Page 7 - Battlefield 4 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Watch Dogs Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 9 - Tomb Raider Page 19 - Performance Index & Price
Page 10 - Crysis 3 Page 20 - Conclusion

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