HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC

Published: 6th Jul 2015, 12:13 GMT


Time to wrap things up.

Here’s a performance rating compiled into one chart. We can clearly see which games perform better with R9 390X and which do not. In 3DMark and Catzilla software the GTX980 is usually faster, but only by few percent. Meanwhile in Unigine Valley R9 390X is marginally faster.

In terms of gaming performance, it is true that 4GB frame buffer is not sufficient for 1440p+ gaming. The R9 390X is faster than GTX 980 in Shadow of Mordor, Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution. Meanwhile in GRID Autosport, Metro Last Light, Batman AO and Sniper Elite the GTX 980 is better option.

When it comes to overall performance, HIS R9 390X is marginally slower than GTX 980, but once overclocked it offers better framerates. GeForce GTX 980 benefits from higher overclocking headroom, and that’s pretty much the only reason why anyone should buy one.

Radeon R9 390X is currently selling for , which is much less than GTX 980 (~). That’s 90 USD difference and you still get 8GB 512-bit future proof memory configuration. By the time GTX 980 receives a price cut, R9 390 should already flood the market.

HIS Radeon R9 390X Performance Rating

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC WhyCry

HIS R9 390X IceQ X² OC 8GB (H390XQM8GD)

Performance - 90%
Cooling & Design - 85%
OverClocking - 85%
Price & Bundles - 90%

8GB/512-bit memory
Quiet cooling solution
Backplate & Heat-pipe Shield
Cheaper than competitor
Average overclocking


The IceQX2 cooler is very quiet solution, you can barely hear it during operation. It is not without consequences. Default fan profiles are not sufficient for overclocking.
HIS R9 390X delivers good performance considering how 'cheap' it is versus GTX 980. Things to improve? Well I think I won't be alone saying that gold and blue design are not the best combination. In fact the same coolers are used by VisionTek R9 390X, but they use black paint.
HIS R9 390X ships with fine-tuned cooling solution at non-reference clock speeds. If you are looking for good affordable card, HIS R9 390X is the way to go. If you need more performance, either out-of-the-box or by overclocking, you may consider different options.


Performance - 95%
Cooling & Design - 95%
OverClocking - 100%
Price & Bundles - 85%

ZeroFrozr technology (0db operation)
HybridFrozr (fans operate autonomously)
Gaming App (overclocking with one click)
Coil whine



I bought this card 10 months ago. It looks great, performs really well. The only issues I have are limited to audible experience, the coil whine and quite annoying sound when the fans start spinning.
MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4GB comes with a mousepad, DVI adapter and power cable. MSI not only does a good hardware, but they also have many applications that will make their solution even better: MSI AfterBurner, MSI Independent Fan Control, MSI Gaming App -- all work with this card.

by WhyCry