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HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 Video Card Review - Most Unique 390X So Far

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: HIS

How Does the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 Stack Up?


The performance of the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 was actually pretty good. If you are looking at getting a card that is slightly faster than the 290X, but not as expensive as the HBM-based R9 Fury X, then this could be a very viable option. Let's take a deeper look at the card, comparing it to the R9 290X at 1080p, 1440p and 4K.



Performance at 1080p


Starting with Battlefield 4, the HIS card is a few frames per second faster than SAPPHIRE's 290X offering. We're looking at 136FPS average at 1080p on the Ultra preset (minus AA) which is just stellar. In a GPU heavy title like Metro: Last Light, the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 beats out the SAPPHIRE card by 4FPS with 83FPS average.


Shadow of Mordor stresses out all of our video cards, with the HIS standing up against the 290X by 7FPS, close to 10% additional performance. There's an additional 9% performance in Thief, and an additional 11% in Tomb Raider over the 290X.



Performance at 1440p


I thought there would be more performance from the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 when it comes to Battlefield 4, but you're only looking at a couple more frames per second - but still, 108FPS average on the Ultra preset (minus AA) beats out the Fury X by 3FPS.



GRID: Autosport and Metro: Last Light enjoy a few more FPS over the 290X, but nothing worth writing home about. Shadow of Mordor enjoys an additional 8% performance over SAPPHIRE's Tri-X R9 290X 8GB, while Thief and Tomb Raider are 5% and 15% faster on the HIS card, respectively.



Performance at 4K


If you were expecting more performance from the R9 390X in Battlefield 4 at 4K, you'd be wrong - we have 1FPS more compared to the 290X 8GB. Both GRID: Autosport and Metro: Last Light have 3FPS more performance, which again is nothing worth upgrading for.


Shadow of Mordor is 3FPS faster, representing a 7% increase in performance. Thief has an additional 11% performance over the 290X 8GB, while Tomb Raider performance at 4K on the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 is actually quite impressive, with 26% more performance.

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