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PowerColor Radeon R9 390 PCS+ Review

Rating: 9.0.

If you are in the market for a powerful sub £300 graphics card AMD’s R9 390 still bears serious consideration. Right now there are some partner cards available at very competitive price points – the PowerColor R9 390 PCS+ that we look at today for instance, is currently available at only £250 inc vat. This card is supplied in an overclocked state and it ships with a proprietary triple fan, custom cooling solution. Is it worth a shortlist for a pre-Christmas upgrade?

We do like to see more graphics companies adopting high grade coolers because it can not only help reduce operating thermals, but it will ensure that overclocking potential is maximised. With the R9 390, we feel this is rather important. AMD’s R9 390 has been a great buy since launch as when pushed hard it can often keep up with the significantly more expensive R9 390X.
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Bearing this in mind, today we test the PowerColor Radeon R9 390 PCS+ at reference clocks and when pushed manually to the limits, via software.

GPU R9 390X R9 290X R9 390 R9 290 R9 380 R9 285 Fury X Fury
Launch June 2015 Oct 2013 June 2015 Nov 2013 June 2015 Sep 2014 June 2015 June 2015
DX Support 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Process (nm) 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28
Processors 2816 2816 2560 2560 1792 1792 4096 3584
Texture Units 176 176 160 160 112 112 256 224
ROP’s 64 64 64 64 32 32 64 64
Boost CPU Clock 1050 1000 1000 947 970 918 1050 1000
Memory Clock 6000 5000 6000 5000 5700 5500 500 500
Memory Bus (bits) 512 512 512 512 256 256 4096 4096
Max Bandwidth (GB/s) 384 320 384 320 182.4 176 512 512
Memory Size (MB) 8192 4096 8192 4096 4096 2048 4096 4096
Transistors (mn) 6200 6200 6200 6200 5000 5000 8900 8900
TDP (watts) 275 290 275 275 190 190 275 275

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For the last 10 days we have been retesting many graphics cards with the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers and have made the switch to the 64 bit Windows 10 operating system as well. We compare the PowerColor Radeon R9 390 PCS+ against a myriad of high end solutions, including the AMD Fury X, Nvidia Titan X, Nvidia Titan Z, AMD R9 295X2, Nvidia GTX980 Ti, GTX980, GTX970, AMD R9 390X and AMD R9 390.

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