AMD Radeon R9 390X, R9 380 And R7 370 Tested

MSI R7 370 Gaming 2G

Pitcairn apparently refuses to retire. MSI’s R7 370 Gaming 2G comes in 100MHz higher than its R7 270 Gaming 2G predecessor’s gaming mode.

It also becomes apparent that the manual overclocking limit is similar to the older models. Both the Sapphire HD 7850 Dual-X with 2GB GDDR5 and the HIS R7 270 IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock end up with a clock rate of 1150MHz.

The actual performance increase is well below what the specifications would suggest, since the high stock frequency is significantly above Pitcairn’s sweet spot.

The memory is supplied by Samsung again. It’s clocked at 1425MHz, which is a marginal improvement over the MSI R7 270 Gaming 2G’s 1400MHz GDDR5. We were able to get it to 1500MHz, but any more than that resulted in marginal stability.

MSI R9 390X Gaming 8G
GPU Clock Frequency:
Stock: 1050MHz
Maximum Stable OC: 1150MHz
Memory Clock Frequency:
Stock: 1425MHz
Maximum Stable OC: 1500MHz
Cooler:
Zero Frozr, Two Fans (94mm Fan Blades)
3x 6mm Heat Pipe (Nickel-Plated)
Vertical Fins, Two Axial Fans, Semi-Passive Operation
No Back Plate
Connectors:
1x DVI-I (with Analog Signal), 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Power Supply:
1x 6-Pin PCIe
Measured Power Consumption:
12W (Idle)
107W (Gaming)
147W (Stress Test)
Installed Dimensions (L x H x D):
25.8 x 12.5 x 3.5cm + 0.5cm Back Plate
Requires Two Slots
Weight:
531g
MSRP:
Unknown

GPU-Z shows the best possible version of the small Pitcairn GPU that still makes sense.

The processor can be cooled fairly easily by the relatively powerful thermal solution. It’s too bad that this small version of Pitcairn is all that’s under the hood. An AMD Radeon R7 370X would have been a better option for this launch.

The heat sink under the slightly modified cover has a relatively simple design. It consists of three 6mm heat pipes, aluminum fins and a body made of a single block. That’s all that’s really needed, though.

MSI opts not to include a back plate. This is really no loss. If anything it’s an acceptable cost-cutting measure. It’s easy to see from the bottom that the voltage regulators aren’t cooled at all. This is puzzling for a graphics card that turns off its fan at idle or low loads. We’ll see the consequences of this decision when we get to our infrared temperature measurements.

In its third generation, the graphics card still has one 6-pin power connector, which is still completely sufficient.

The sink’s fins are arranged horizontally, which makes sense considering the single-block cooler and low amount of waste heat. With this setup, some of the dissipated thermal energy is exhausted out the back of the slot panel.

Once again, there’s exactly one UEFI BIOS to be found. The DVI-I connector provides an analog signal, whereas the second DVI connector is exclusively digital. There’s also an HDMI and a DisplayPort connector.

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  • mikenygmail
    Nicely done AMD. Keep up the good work Lisa! :)
  • FreshPineApples
    Cool
  • BadNight
    Why did you ignore 390? It's basically a 390x for $100 less.
  • Grognak
    390X at 4K is the only one showing anything that could be called an improvement and that's entirely due to the additional RAM, which you can already get on a 290X. I fear for the future.
  • envy14tpe
    Again I am left disappointed....AMD please stop doing this to me. So what I learned is the 390X is the same as the 290X at 1440p or below (which is 95% or more of gamers) and the 390X only excels at 4k but still only on par with the 980 (non ti). Looks like I'm abandoning AMD for my next GPU. damn it.
  • whimseh
    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!
  • FormatC
    Quote:
    Why did you ignore 390?
    I can only test what I have. Too less samples :(

    The 390X is'nt a bad card per se - it depends a lot at the price and your personal preferences.
  • fudoka711
    Wait, I think I'm misunderstanding something. Is the 390x a rebranding of the 290x, but costing $100 more??
  • HideOut
    Quote:
    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!

    These are rebadge cards, their new cards are due out in days. Fanboy
  • de5_Roy
    MSI R9 390X Gaming 8G's texture fillrate in the spec table (1st page) may have been incorrect. the gpu-z screeny shows 193.6 GTexels/sec.
  • HideOut
    While im at it, theres a typo up top (maybe someone else pointed it out by now?)

    390x/290x water cooled. Texture fill rates should be the same but they are not.
  • mikenygmail
    Impressive, AMD really did well with the Fiji archictecture, though you wouldn't really know it from the article and comments.
  • FormatC
    @HideOut & de5_Roy
    There are typos in US this version, in German it was already fixed. Copy'n'Paste from an older table. Sorry. I'll inform my US colleagues to fix ist soon.
  • vertexx
    Love all that MSI Red & Black!

    I wonder what a fully enabled Tonga GPU could do.....
  • afya
    Wrong driver. Use the new 15.15 to test again. The original 15.200 shown in GPU-Z is not very optimized.
  • danilson1009
    Its funny because guru3d.com tested the MSI 390x and the gtx 980 and at 1440p and 4k the 2 cards are almost identical across a whole lot more games tested. Why are these tests so much different???
  • Emanuel Elmo
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!
    These are rebadge cards, their new cards are due out in days. Fanboy


    And exactly which ones will those be?
  • dragonsqrrl
    Quote:
    Wait, I think I'm misunderstanding something. Is the 390x a rebranding of the 290x, but costing $100 more??

    Yes, you're comparing the street price of the 4GB 290X to the MSRP of the 390X. Unfortunately for AMD the 390X will likely fall below MSRP fairly quickly.
  • ccarroz
    Quote:
    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!

    I grabbed a Ti as well since I was sick of waiting any longer. Would like to see how the Furry X competes though. I find it strange that we get Furry X made for 4k, but only has 4GB of RAM yet they give the 390x 8GB? I am also hooking up the ti to a 4k TV so the lack of HDMI 2.0 in all of these cards is a deal breaker.
  • jjb8675309
    Absolutely no reason to buy these cards, not impressed at all, glad I snatched a slightly used gtx 970 a while ago.
  • ern88
    Why the hell would they drop only 2 gigs of ram in the 380's. That's just retarded. Hell my HD7950 has 3 gigs.
  • John Wittenberg
    Quote:
    Quote:
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    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!
    These are rebadge cards, their new cards are due out in days. Fanboy
    And exactly which ones will those be?


    The Fury X and the Fury X2 which are the new Fiji based cards with HBM. However, my understanding is that they won't be released to market until around September this year. Benchmarks show the Fury X often beating the 980 Ti, but the Fury X2 blows everything away due to it being a dual GPU card (that is still smaller than the 780 Ti/980 Ti - wowza).
  • tslot05qsljgo9ed
    Quote: The small Pitcairn-based graphics card manages to stay significantly under 150W. Average is 147.36 Watts

    How can you say 147.36 Watts is "significantly under 150W" with a straight face?

    That is only 2.64 wattls lower or 1.76% less. That in reality is NOT significantly lower.
  • FunSurfer
    How come the GTX 970 uses 168W on gaming and 243W on stress while the GTX 980 uses 185W on gaming and 177W on stress? 0_o