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XFX Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9-390P-8256 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation XXX OC Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8 GB of VRAM!
Powerful, see below benchmarks
Quiet- can't hear it in my Thermaltake v51
Runs under 70 Celsius in well ventilated case

Cons: Uses more watts than nvidia rivals
Doesn't make me money (shrug)

Other Thoughts: Some benchmarks:

Borderlands 2 75-144+ fps
Battlefield 3 80-138 fps
Battlefield 4 60-90 fps
Witcher 3 50-70 fps
Crysis 3 50-65 fps

All on ultra, bf3 and bf4 at x2 antialiasing . Witcher 3 hairworks off of course. Crysis 3 smaa x2

My specs:

Core i5 4690k (stock for now)
8 GB 1600mhz ripsaw ram
2 TB Harddrive
xfx r9 390 (stock)
Antec High Current 850 Watt powersupply-might not be enough for crossfire : (
Acer 144hz monitor

I am coming from a r9 285 and I have doubled my frames in many games. I know that games that do well on amd architecture (shadow of mordor, far cry 4, ryse, etc) shows the r9 390 close to, or pushing past the gtx 980. If you are coming from a midrange card like I was, the r9 390 is a HUGE upgrade.

XFX Radeon R9 285 R9-285A-CDFC 2GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Excellent price/performance at 1080p
- Low watts
- Mostly stable drivers (see other thoughts)
- Sleek looking
- Easily fits in a mid tower case
- Decent overclocker

Cons: - A litle pricey for an r9 285
- Witcher 3 unplayable due to combat "bug"
- Can get a bit loud when fans turned up after overclocking.

Other Thoughts: *I have the xfx double dissipation but this is the closest card to review on newegg.*

After owing the r9 285 for over 6 months now, I believe I can say that is a great price for the $200 mark. Most newer games, sans Crysis 3, can be played on ultra or high settings with anti-aliasing enabled. 2 GB of ram may be a limiter in the next few years but so far I haven't had a problem except when I try to crank up the settings on certain games (GTA V, Shadows of Mordor, and Crysis 3). The only real complaint I have is that Witcher 3 is now unplayable due to some freezing bug during combat. Others have experienced this apparently. When it did work I was able to play it nearly maxed out around 40 fps. For now, I believed the r9 285 is a great deal for those looking to stay with AMD. The gtx 960 is also a great choice for those wanting to stay with team green : ) I have gotten decent overclocks on it but tend to keep it running stock as the extra 4-5 fps in most titles don't make or break the game. Maxing out the overclock only gave me a couple frames on crysis 3 when I put it on very high but still unplayable by my standards.

XFX Radeon R9 285 R9-285A-CDBC 2GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good performance
Supports dx12 (whenever it comes out)
Overclocks nicely
Low heat- never goes over 70 degrees Celsius
Decent drivers
Much smaller than I anticipated

Cons: Noisy (see other thoughts)
Performance not quite as powerful as I hoped

Other Thoughts: The xfx r9 285 replaced my radeon 7850 that had horrible screen tearing in 2d applications (I tried drivers and bios updates to no avail). While the new r9 285 is quite a bit powerful, I was hoping for a bit more power in games but I am satisfied overall. I believe a cpu upgrade to a core i5 3570k will open this card up a bit so I won't knock an egg off the rating for my perceived bottleneck. However, this card is noisier and runs a bit hotter than the 7850. While it stays under 70 Celsius, the fans are noisy at only 3250 rpms. Not hairdryer noisy but I have to crank up my surround sound to drown out the noise at times.


Kristopher O.'s Profile

Display Name: Kristopher O.

Date Joined: 11/29/11

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/01/14
  • Last Review: 07/29/15
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