Conclusion

The Conclusion

From our original comparison of the 290X with the MSI 390X OC, we found that the newer card is basically an expensive faster aftermarket 290X with double the memory; and there are some 290Xes that have been previously available that were equipped with 8GB of slightly slower vRAM.  We were able to clock our 290X to nearly match the performance of the 390X.  There is nothing that AMD can do to disguise the fact that Grenada is really Hawaii, and 390X is just an aftermarket overclocked 290X with double the memory.  These cards also use a lot of power and generate quite a bit of heat.  DSCN1431

However, as newer games have been released that take advantage of 8GB of vRAM, we see that even the XFX 390 Double Dissipation XXX OC is edging out the performance of the reference 290X, although only slightly overall, especially taking into consideration that the XFX 390 is clocked +15MHz higher on the core than our 290X reference version.

 

Currently the MSI R9 390 Double Dissipation XXX OC is $249 after $20 rebate at Newegg.com, and it comes bundled with Total War Warhammer.  However, we understand that there may be some shortly upcoming changes to AMD’s lineup which may change this picture entirely.  In the meantime, we will continue to use our reference (non-throttling) 290X as a test card that can easily stand in for a stock 390 in our benching.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR. Next up we will evaluate a brand new card next week that you do not want to miss!  And don’t forget to check BTR forums.  Our tech discussions are among the best to be found anywhere!

Happy Gaming!

Mark Poppin

BTR Editor-in-Chief