XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition Review

Today we review a custom overclocked AMD Radeon R9 390 video card in the form of the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition 8GB video card. We will compare it to an ASUS GTX 970 STRIX DCII OC video card, including both video cards maximum overclocks to determine the best performance and value.

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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 10 64-bit operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Setup

For the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition video card we will be using the latest Crimson Edition 16.3.1 Hotfix, dated 3/17/2016.

For the ASUS GTX 970 STRIX DCII OC video card we will be using the latest GeForce 364.51 WHQL dated 3/8/2016.

Video Card Clock Speeds as tested

XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition (Max Overclock) - 1175MHz Core/6.4GHz memory

XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition - 1050MHz Core/7GHz memory

ASUS GTX 970 STRIX DCII OC (Max Overclock) آ– 1334MHz Base/1473MHz Boost/1492MHz In-Game Frequency/7.83GHz memory

ASUS GTX 970 STRIX DCII OC آ– 1114MHz Base/1253MHz Boost/1266MHz In-Game Frequency/7GHz memory

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Black Edition with the Crimson Edition 13.6.1 Hotfix driver.

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