Performance Summary Charts

Performance summary charts & graphs

Here are our results of 26 games and 1 synthetic test.  The drivers are noted on the chart.  “X” means the benchmark was not run and “NA” means the benchmark could not be run or completed. And an Asterisk (*) means that there are some real issues with the visuals.

All results except for Firestrike are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally in minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller italics next to the averages).  Each set of drivers are compared against the other in the adjoining results column in white (newest driver) versus black (older drivers).

390-v-290x

The XFX 390 Double Dissipation XXX OC is generally slightly faster than the reference R9 290X.  There are a couple of minor exceptions (DOOM & The Division) which may be explained by drivers.  And there are a couple of games which are really benefited by the faster 8GB vRAM on the 390, particularly Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Grand Theft Auto V.  Grand Theft Auto V runs much more smoothly on the 390 8GB than on the 4GB vRAM-equipped 290X, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also gains some solid performance over the 290X.  Hitman and perhaps even Crysis 3 also appear to run a little faster on the XFX 390 OC that is larger than the usual performance gap over the reference 290X.

As we can see, the performance difference between the reference 290X 4GB and the 390 8GB are generally small, but almost always in favor of the 390.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture, once reserved solely for our video card reviews, has been recently expanded to feature all of our competing top video cards on recent drivers.  Driver revisions for each card are noted on the chart.  An “X” means the benchmark was not run, while “NA” means the benchmark could not be run or completed. And an Asterisk (*) means that there are some real issues with the visuals.  All results except for Firestrike are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally in minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller italics next to the average results).

For a comparison between competing cards, we moved the GTX 980 in-between the R9 390 and the R9 290X results, and we also added the 970 EXOC results in the fourth column.

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When we compare the XFX 390 8GB card against the GTX 980, it does good at 3840×2160 but trades blows and often loses to the GeForce below 4K resolutions.  Neither card is particularly suited for 4K except in multi-GPU configurations in which case the 8GB of video memory will benefit the Radeon.  And the 290X trades blows with the GTX 970 EXOC winning in a lot of the newer games.

Let’s head for our conclusion.

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