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Old June 18, 2015, 04:59 AM
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Rebrand? Refresh? Regardless of what you call the R9 390X, it is one of the most competitive cards available and goes head to head against the GTX 980.

Read more here: The AMD R9 390X 8GB Performance Review
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Old June 18, 2015, 05:28 AM
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I guess it's not all doom and gloom. Would this be a good card for using VR like the Oculus Rift?

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Old June 18, 2015, 05:56 AM
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Well, I won't need to upgrade my Powercolor PCS+ 290X.
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Old June 18, 2015, 06:13 AM
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Waiting for the OC results. I would assume 390X will be priced $100 less than GTX 980.
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Do you know what type of RAM is used on this card?

One has to wonder if TheStilt's corrected memory timing tables made it into the official BIOS for the 390X, and if that's the case, maybe there will be a hack to enable the 390X BIOS on 290X 4GB cards.

AMD really screwed with the owner of 290/X cards that used Elpida memory, which couldn't OC the memory for crap.
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Old June 18, 2015, 07:47 AM
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I am surprised that R9 390X packs a decent improvement over R9 290X. 10-15% is not bad at all. the higher memory clocks and the 8 GB seem to be having an impact on performance. But still I believe given the poor power efficiency the R9 Nano is the card to wait for. I expect R9 Nano to slot in at USD 449 and push the R9 390X to USD 349 - 379 when it launches in Aug or Sep. Right now the R9 390 is the better buy for the money. The R9 390 is also likely to fall lesser in price compared to R9 390X.

Fury X - USD 649
Fury - USD 549
R9 Nano - USD 449
R9 390X - USD 349
R9 390 - USD 299
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Not bad considering it was neck and neck with the 980 in most benchmarks and so far NCIX has some models listed in the $529-549 CDN range. But I agree, for people on a budget the 390 looks like a good deal.

Now it will be interesting to see where the Nano slots in price wise because that looks like it could be the big winner.
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Old June 18, 2015, 09:41 AM
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Meh, nothing mindblowing. Good, but not amazing. For people who need a little more vram, it's certainly a more affordable option than a 980Ti or a *shudder* Titan X.

I won't rush out and buy one, but it's nice to see that it wasn't the doom scenario that some people were painting it out to be. I'm curious to what the Canadian prices will look like, if they'll really be MRSP or will get drastically inflated at retailers due to low supply and if this will put any downward pressure on nVidia prices (I suspect it won't tbh). Price is too close to a 980ti to make me really curious to what a 2x 390x vs a single 980 ti ends up looking like (driver issues not withstanding).
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See, for me price + availability on these is everything.

When I bought my 970 @ $420 I would have been all over a sub $350 290X but there were absolutely none to be found (tons of 290's at that price range though). The only ones I could find were in the $450+ range and at that price I opted for much lower power at similar performance in my 970.

The fact that I'm unlikely to move off of my 16:10 1920X1200 left me relatively unconcerned about the 3.5 vs 4G kerfuffle.
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