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MSI Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 4:41 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: MSI

Card Specifications

 

The AMD Radeon R9 390X is nothing really new, it's a rebranding of the Radeon R9 290X with the same Hawaii-based GPU that was released in October 2013. What AMD has done with it, is a couple of tweaks here and there, which we've compared an R9 290X 8GB card in our benchmarks specifically.

 

We have a 28nm-based Hawaii GPU with 2816 stream processors, 64 ROPs, and 176 TMUs. AMD has kept the 512-bit wide memory bus, and with its 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 6.1GHz, we have memory bandwidth set at 390.4GB/sec. We have a pixel fillrate of 70.4 GPixel/s, and a texture fillrate of 193.6 GTexel/s.

 

MSI has the GPU clock at 1.1GHz, while the memory is at 1525MHz, or 6.1GHz.

 

 

Cooling Setup

 

MSI has a world class cooler on its hands with the Twin Frozr V, which it has used on the Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G. It features a quad heat pipe system that has two very large heat sinks cooling down everything from the Grenada XT core, to the RAM and VRMs.

 

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You can see the dual heat sink design underneath the fan, sure to keep that Grenada XT core nice and cool.

 

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The end of the card teases the four heat pipes, and the cable tucked very neatly away that powers the two fans.

 

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Another look at the heat sink, from the front of the card.

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