AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
AMD Radeon R9 390

AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 390
RX 470 R9 390 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon R9 390
Price $ 199.0 $ 465.0 266 (134%)
Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 75C 0 (0%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 57.9dB 8.5 (17%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 625W 155 (33%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 55.6 FPS 65.0 FPS 9.4 (17%)
Average 1440p Performance 40.7 FPS 47.4 FPS 6.7 (16%)
Average 4K Performance 24.7 FPS 28.1 FPS 3.4 (14%)
Memory 4 GB 8 GB 4 (100%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.2 $ 5.1 1.9 (59%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 6.9 2.5 (57%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.3 $ 11.7 4.4 (60%)
Overall Combination Score 74/100 66/100 8 (11%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 470 to R9 390 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 470 .

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45.0
52.0
2018 Fallout 76
52.0
59.0
2018 Hitman 2
41.0
46.0
2018 Just Cause 4
42.1
45.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
45.4
49.1
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
41.0
47.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
45.5
51.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
58.3
63.1
2017 For Honor
77.8
84.1
2017 Project CARS 2
55.1
59.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
66.7
72.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
41.7
47.3
2016 Hitman
73.8
71.4
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
63.1
64.1
2016 The Division
54.5
52.9
2016 Overwatch
70.7
80.5
2016 Dishonored 2
40.2
43.5
2015 DiRT Rally
86.1
106.1
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
47.7
55.5
2015 The Witcher 3
47.6
50.2
2015 Rocket League
226.8
245.4
2015 Need For Speed
62.9
68.0
2015 Project CARS
60.3
65.2
2013 Crysis 3
54.2
61.9
2013 Battlefield 4
63.5
79.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
155.5
168.2
2009 League of Legends
291.6
315.4

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38.0
44.0
2018 Hitman 2
27.0
30.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31.1
33.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31.8
34.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31.0
36.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
29.4
33.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42.1
45.6
2017 For Honor
45.4
49.1
2017 Project CARS 2
38.9
42.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60.3
65.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39.0
43.4
2016 Hitman
53.1
54.5
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
43.1
45.9
2016 The Division
40.0
40.0
2016 Overwatch
49.0
55.3
2016 Dishonored 2
34.3
37.2
2015 DiRT Rally
59.9
75.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32.6
39.3
2015 The Witcher 3
35.3
39.2
2015 Rocket League
97.2
105.1
2015 Need For Speed
48.6
52.6
2015 Project CARS
46.0
49.8
2013 Crysis 3
32.9
40.3
2013 Battlefield 4
41.2
54.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
129.6
140.2
2009 League of Legends
162.0
175.3

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 390
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25.0
29.0
2018 Hitman 2
16.0
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
16.2
17.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
15.2
16.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
18.0
21.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
16.1
18.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
29.2
31.5
2017 For Honor
22.7
24.5
2017 Project CARS 2
32.4
35.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
50.5
54.7
2016 Overwatch
25.2
28.7
2016 Dishonored 2
27.2
29.4
2015 Rocket League
45.4
49.1
2015 Need For Speed
32.4
35.0
2015 Project CARS
32.4
35.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
116.6
126.2
2009 League of Legends
64.8
70.1

AMD Radeon RX 470 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

For the most part, the RX 470 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It appears that the RX 470 is a more capable mid-range card that can play AAA titles at 1080p with 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 470 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 470 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon R9 390 / Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, R9 390 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the R9 390 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the R9 390 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the R9 390 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 470 vs R9 390 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 R9 390
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07C679
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W275 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 R9 390
GPU Clock926 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 R9 390
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Pirate Islands (R9 300)
Launch Price179 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Jun 18th, 2015

Graphics Features

RX 470 R9 390
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 R9 390
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0
Die Size244 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGrenada
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)Grenada PRO (215-0880030)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,200 million

Memory

RX 470 R9 390
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s384.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit512 bit
Memory Size4096 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 R9 390
Compute Units3240
ROPs3264
Shading Units20482560
TMUs128160

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 R9 390
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS5,120 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)640.0 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s160.0 GTexel/s

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shriekpawing 4 weeks ago
looking to buy a new gpu. where i live, the 480 is around 110 usd more than the 470
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crazeduncanny 4 weeks ago
The 480 is the best card and the best deal, just avoid Gigabyte this time around as they've been having problems with cooling the 480. I'd go for something from XFX or MSI. Unless you can get the 390 for under 0 from a trusted friend that hasn't beaten it to death for months in a mining rig then there's really no reason to buy a 390.
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conclusiongigabyte 1 month ago
Hi guys, i'm planning to buy a new graphics card to replace my ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 280x 3GB but i can't decide for a GPU. I want one of these three GPU:

GTX 970
R9 390
RX 470

These are the components of my PC:

AsRock Fatal1ty Z97x Killer
Intel Core i5 4590
Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 280x
Cooler Master V6 GT
EVGA 600B 80 Plus Bronze

So, what GPU is better for me? Actually i play in 1080p and i want one of that GPU's to have it for 2 o 3 years
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charityanchor 1 month ago


I will go from what I know.

I have the same processor and a GTX 970, and there is no bottlenecking at all, and I can play most games in really high quality, things like far car 4 at maximum settings, this is at 1080p as well.

The 4590 and 970 seems like a really good match-up to me, but you can get a GTX 1060 for an extra £30-40, and that is just a little behind the GTX 980, and you can get 6GB of VRAM.

So I would recommend either a 970, or a 1060. I don't know too much about AMD Cards, but the 390 and 470 are both really good cards. Although I would recommend a 480 over the 470.
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bogeycycle 2 months ago
Good day,

I saved enough to upgrade my old HD5750 GPU and probably wont be upgrading for another 3-4 years. As a person who has less knowledge on what to buy, i badly need some advise. I had been searching online for a decent GPU and I decided to choose between R9 390 (2nd hand) and a brand new RX 470. These are the two GPU that fits my budget. I am planning to upgrade my system soon but for now I have a Corsair VS450. I tried using online wattage calculator and still has no idea if it can handle either of these GPU's. I want to be able to run games like Farcry Primal, Fallout 4 any other AAA games. Here is my setup, remember I will be upgrading it soon, I have an APU A8-7600 and just 1TB HDD. I hope you guys can help me out.

Thank you,
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uprightlength 2 months ago
The 470 would probably work for a while, but I would not put a 390 on it. The VS450 is not very reliable, but it's not complete garbage and does have basic protections.
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