XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition Review

On our test bench today is the XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition Video Card which we will pit against its green team competition of a reference GTX 980 and a massively overclocked GTX 970 to determine whether it earns its place at a price point that lies between its two foes.

Introduction

XFX is a well known company among PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts. It is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited. The XFX manufacturing branch specializes in high-performance PC hardware with a focus on gaming products including AMD graphics processing units.

On our test bench today is the XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition (R9-390X-8256) video card.

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Radeon R9 390X

The Radeon R9 390X was launched on June 18th, 2015 and represented a refresh of the R9 290X lineup that has been out since late 2013. Our first review of a 390X card was the MSI R9 390X GAMING 8G where you will also find our in-depth analysis of the improvements made.

At a high level, the 390X is packing 8GB of GDDR 5 memory compared to the stock 4GB that was found on the 290X. That memory is also running at an effective 6GHz clock which improves over the 5GHz provided by the 290X, increasing bandwidth from 320GB/sec to 384GB/sec. Additionally, the core clock was boosted from "up to" 1000MHz to "up to" 1050MHz.


XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition

XFX currently offers several R9 390X cards that are each running at stock AMD Radeon R9 390X clock speeds. XFX tells us that the different part numbers are for different regions that they sell kit in, and the part number of the card we are evaluating today is R9-390X-8256. We expect them to launch a Black edition equipped with a factory overclock, but alas, we do not have any information about what the future may hold.

The XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition comes equipped with a GPU clock of up to 1050MHz and features XFX’s Ghost Thermal 3.0 and Double Dissipation cooling system. XFX also claims to have improved the VRM and memory cooling technology allowing for a reduction in temperatures. It is configured with 8GB GDR5 memory running at a 6.0GHz effective rate. The cooling system is comprised of four curved heat pipes that carry heat away from the GPU to an array of aluminum fins that are cooled by a pair of IP-5x 90mm fans. It is sporting two DVI-D, one HDMI v1.4a and one DisplayPort connector.

The XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition comes with a 2 year factory warranty and is currently available in etail for $379.99 after a $30 MIR, giving what looks to be an excellent value....if it performs well.

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The XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition is packaged in a triangle patterned grey box that announces the card type, amount of RAM and a handful of the card’s features. The back of the box highlights the features of the Radeon R9 390X GPU, the 8GB of GDDR5 memory installed, the video outputs of the card and the contents of the box.

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The front of the XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Core Edition features a black metallic fan shroud that serves to house the fan and direct airflow away from the GPU. The cooling solution utilizes four curved heat pipes to pull heat way from the GPU to where it can be cooled by the two fans. The PCIe power connectors are wedged between the Double Dissipation cooling solution and the PCB such that it is very difficult to release the power connectors to remove these with your bare fingers. If you are the type to swap cards on a regular basis, you will likely regret having this card in your rotation.

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On the I/O panel there are four ports. These include one DP port, two DVI-D ports and one HDMI connector. The power connector is on top of the video card and requires a 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-e power connection. The video card’s measurements are 11.5 inches in Length, 1.5 inches Wide, and 5.5 inches in height.

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We were also provided deconstructed photos of the card's cooling solution as shown in the below pictures:

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