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

Workstation And Professional Applications

It’s not exactly news that consumer graphics cards can replace workstation products partially under the best of circumstances, and not at all under the worst.

Then again, as more application vendors adopt DirectX over OpenGL in their products, Radeon and GeForce cards become more viable as alternatives in the semi-professional sector, since those heavily-optimized drivers aren’t as influential. So long as you’re aware of a desktop card’s limitations, you’ll be fine.

The following selection of benchmarks shows once again that all three rebranded Radeons benefit from higher clock rates. The changes aren’t significant, though. Consequently, the finishing order is quite similar as it was for Hawaii, Tonga and Pitcairn.

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Depending on the application, it can be fun to work with consumer graphics cards, which cost a lot less. Just remember that these aren’t professional cards that can be used universally in the workstation world.

  • mikenygmail
    Nicely done AMD. Keep up the good work Lisa! :)
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  • FreshPineApples
    Cool
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  • BadNight
    Why did you ignore 390? It's basically a 390x for $100 less.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • whimseh
    Nice to see 980 Ti still stomps everything, glad I bought one... a wise investment!
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  • FormatC
    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.
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  • fudoka711
    Wait, I think I'm misunderstanding something. Is the 390x a rebranding of the 290x, but costing $100 more??
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  • HideOut
    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
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  • 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.
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