How Much Performance Do We Lose Without The 'X'?
We have already taken a look at the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2, so we'll be comparing the R9 390 IceQ X2 directly against it. How much performance do we lose from not having the 'X' there, and its additional stream processors? Well, let's talk about that.
Performance at 1080p
1920x1080 is the resolution most consumers buying the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB will be running, so we'll put most of our thoughts into the performance at Full HD.
Starting with Battlefield 4, we have 128FPS average, which is great. Comparing this to the R9 390X from HIS, which provides 136FPS, the R9 390 isn't too far behind. We have performance which is just 13% behind the HBM-based R9 Fury and Fury X.
Moving onto Metro: Last Light, the R9 390 is capable of 74FPS versus the 83FPS on the R9 390X, a difference of 12%. Shadow of Mordor is usually quite hard on our cards, with the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB still managing 93FPS average, only 4FPS from the R9 390X.
Thief and Tomb Raider are another two great tests, with the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB pushing 77FPS average, losing to the 83FPS on the R9 390X when it comes to Thief. Switching over to Tomb Raider, we have a similar gap in performance, with the 390 capable of 83FPS, while the 390X is pushing 93FPS. All in all, the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB is capable of pushing 1080p 60FPS without a problem, and as you can see, even more than that. You could run some AA in some of your games and still maintain 60FPS, which is great for the price point on this card.
Performance at 1440p
Performance begins to taper off at 2560x1440, with the gap being 14FPS in Battlefield 4. The HIS Radeon R9 390 is capable of 90FPS average, losing to the 104FPS on the R9 390X, a difference of 15%.
The rest of our tests see the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB averaging around 50-60FPS, so again with some tweaks to the in-game settings, you could be gaming at 1440p on this card at 60FPS without a problem. Not too bad, eh?
Performance at 4K
I expected the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB to bottom out at 4K, but we still have an average of 46FPS in Battlefield 4, but compared to the 58FPS on the 390X, it's not too impressive. With some in-game visual tweaks, you could get a steady 60FPS without a problem. For the rest of our games, we're looking at around 40-60FPS average. This is not too bad at all considering the price, and as we said above, you can adjust some of the in-game settings to hit a sustained 60FPS on this card.
PRICING: You can find the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 retails for $416 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 retails for £282 at Amazon UK.
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