XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation 8GB Video Card Review

Today we evaluate our first Radeon R9 390 video card with a custom take on it from XFX. The XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation 8GB has an improved cooling system and factory overclock. We will compare it to a custom overclocked GeForce GTX 970, and also test the AMD R9 290 clock-for-clock with the XFX R9 390 to determine any other improvements.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We are running the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Setup

For the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation 8GB we are using the Catalyst 15.8 Beta dated 8/31/2015.

For the MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G we are using GeForce 355.82 WHQL driver dated 8/31/2015.

Video Card Clock Speeds as tested

XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation 8GB (Max Overclock) آ– 1085MHz core / 6.7GHz memory.

XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation آ– 1015MHz core / 6GHz memory.

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G آ– 1114MHz/1253MHz (base/boost) - 1366MHz In-Game Frequency. 7GHz memory.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation with the Catalyst 15.8 Beta driver.

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