HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC

Published: 6th Jul 2015, 12:13 GMT


In 3DMark11 Performance GTX 980 was better than both stock R9 390X and factory-overclocked HIS 390X. However it lost when 390X was overclocked to 1110 MHz. In Extreme Preset NVIDIA hardware wins no matter the clocks on 390X.

R9390X GTX980 3DMARK11

HIS R9 390X vs GTX 980 vs R9 290X — 3DMark11

3DMark Fire Strike

In Fire Strike Ultra, which is rendered at 4K resolution, custom GTX 980 was still doing better than R9 390X. Overclocked HIS 390X was better than reference GTX 980 in Performance preset, but it lost in Extreme and Ultra settings.

R9390X GTX980 3DMARK Fire Strike

HIS R9 390X vs GTX 980 vs R9 290X — 3DMark Fire Strike


I find it quite interesting that Catzilla shows such a huge difference between R9 390X and 290X. Also it’s quite odd that my previous card Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC was still doing better than GTX 980 GAMING. I would say it’s because 780 Ti has higher bandwidth, but then R9 390X should be much higher in this test.

R9390X GTX980 Catzilla

HIS R9 390X vs GTX 980 vs R9 290X — Catzilla

Unigine Valley

HIS R9 390X offers better performance than GTX 980 in Unigine Valley, however adding extra juice to GM204 has quickly changed the leading position.

R9390X GTX980 Unigine Valley

HIS R9 390X vs GTX 980 vs R9 290X — Unigine Valley


Radeon graphics cards used to perform better than NVIDIA’s before Maxwell introduction. Maxwell, especially Maxwell 2.0 has introduced much better OpenCL performance. The two most popular benchmarks from CompuBench do not provide a clear answer which card is overall faster.

R9390X GTX980 CompuBench

HIS R9 390X vs GTX 980 vs R9 290X — CompuBench

Review Contents
Page 1Introduction
Page 2Overview HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQX² OC
Page 3Overview MSI GeForce GTX 980 GAMING 4G
Page 4Testing platform and methodology
Page 5Test Overclocking
Page 6Test Power consumption ● Temperature ● Memory Utilization
Page 7Test 3DMark11 ● 3DMark ● Catzilla ● Unigine Valley ● CompuBench
Page 8Test Batman: AO ● COH2 ● GRID: A. ● Hitman A. ● Metro: LL ● THIEF ● Tomb Raider ● SoM ● SE3
Page 9Bonus Content Radeon R9 390X & R9 290X CrossFire mini-test
Page 10Conclusion