PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 Review


A couple of days ago and a large press conference, AMD announced the line of technologies. It was a much anticipated event and many new and upcoming products were showcased. Much of the community’s focus was on the new Fury line of graphics cards that are forthcoming. Also announced was the line of R7 300 and R9 300 series video cards. Today we will be looking at one of those new cards, the PowerColor PCS+ R9 390.

On paper, the R9 390 looks very much like the R9 290 that came before it. Indeed, it is based on the Hawaii GPU released back in October 2013. AMD has made some important tweaks to the Hawaii silicon that they now call Grenada. AMD has been able to add an additional base clock to increase pixel performance. They also changed the video memory from the previous 4Gb of 1250MHz DDR5 to 8Gb of 1500MHz DDR5, increasing texture performance. This alone should allow for greater performance at 4K resolutions and give the card longer flexibility.

The PowerColor PCS+ R9 390 utilizes 8GB of GDDR5 memory with 2560 stream processors and ships with core clock speed at 1010MHz. The 1500MHz memory is connected via a new high speed 512-bit memory interface. For enhancing power efficiency and preventing losses, Digital PWM solution is provided to work at a higher frequency in order to support fine tuning adjustment and low ripple at an output voltage. Moreover, the total of 8 phase (6+1+1) board design is applied to the models for power efficiency, stability, and delivering ultimate performance at OC mode. Pow|Rstage increases the power up to 3-13%, features up to 1.0 MHz switching frequency, and supports efficient cooling ability.

An anodized back plate is attached to the back of the card to protect the components as well as helping to lower the temperature. The PCS+ triple fan cooler features Mute Fan Technology, which delivers intelligent fan controlling to provide noiseless environment as well as reducing the power consumption when the GPU temperature is lower than 60°C. The cooler is equipped with a pure copper GPU block to absorb heats from GPU, with 3 6mm heat pipes and 1 8mm heat pipe that deliver heat to a nickel plated aluminum fin heat sink.

PowerColor, a brand TUL, is a leading supplier of AMD graphics cards. They offer award-winning products based on our technology leading components, quality design and superb engineering. TUL employs more than 150 talents worldwide, with offices in China, Europe, Russia and USA to support over 300 channel partners and distributors in 50 plus countries.

PowerColor’s take on the PCS+ Radeon R9 390

AMD Eyefinty Technology

Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.

GCN Architecture

A new design for AMD’s unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.

AMD App Acceleration

AMD App Accelerator creates a “co-processing” environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon™ Graphics processor works together with the system central processor, to accelerate enabled applications.

AMD HD3D Technology

Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies

Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.

AMD CrossFire™ Technology

Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability

Increase our gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or 3.75x with QuadFire configs.

AMD HD Media Accelerator

Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.

PCI Express 3.0

Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU.

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology

GDDR5 memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.

PCS-Professional Cooling System

The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.


Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.

Microsoft DirextX® 12

Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery.

AMD PowerTune Technology

Maximizes performance under load conditions by dynamically increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused TDP headroom. Also allows users to configure their own TDP limit, within a provided range, for even higher performance or more power efficiency.

Gold PowerKIT

The Solidly-built Components enhance the stability, performance, efficiency and quality.

Microsoft Windows® 7 Support

Comprehensive OS support including Windows XP, Windows Vista, the very latest Windows® 7 functionality and Driver support.

Microsoft Windows® 8.1 Support

Comprehensive OS supports Windows 7, and the very latest Windows® 8.1 functionality and Driver support.

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