AMD Radeon R9 390 vs AMD Radeon RX 580

Compare AMD Radeon R9 390 8 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 580 8 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

31 %
37 %
19% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

34 FPS
44 FPS
11 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

28 FPS
32 FPS
4 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

34 FPS
42 FPS
9 FPS slightly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

15 FPS
17 FPS
2 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

46,328
49,182
6% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

49,594
54,191
9% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

3,950
4,328
9% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,000 MHz
1,257 MHz
25% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,000 MHz
1,340 MHz
34% slightly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
Identical
8 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

512 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width
256 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

384 GB/s
49% significantly higher memory bandwidth
256 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

275 W
185 W
48% significantly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

64 Gigapixels/s
49% significantly higher pixel rate
43 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

160 Gigatexels/s
193 Gigatexels/s
20% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

5 TFLOPS
6 TFLOPS
20% slightly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

2,560
11% slightly more shading units
2,304

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

160
11% slightly more texture mapping units
144

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

64
100% significantly more render output processors
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

122nd of 526
98th of 526

Family

The product line

Radeon R9 Series
Radeon 500 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

June 2015
April 2017

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.5

Radeon R9 390 vs Radeon RX 580 specs and performance

In our benchmarks, the Radeon RX 580 beats the Radeon R9 390 in gaming performance.

Our database shows that the Radeon RX 580 has a slightly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the Radeon RX 580 also has a slightly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that they both have the same amount of memory at 8 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the Radeon RX 580 has a significantly lower TDP at 185 W when compared to the Radeon R9 390 at 275 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Radeon RX 580 over the Radeon R9 390.

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