Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X Review: Hawaii Gets 8GB

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Asus Strix Radeon 390x Wrap Up

Asus did fantastic in the aesthetic department with the Strix Radeon R9 390X, and the card matches Sapphire’s Tri-X 390x in performance. We wish Asus took a somewhat different approach to the default fan curves on the card, but those can be tweaked easily enough if you prefer to bring temperatures down, versus keeping the card as quiet as possible.

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On the plus side, the Asus STRIX R9 390X is a sexy and fast graphics card. And the 1 year subscription for XSplit bundled with it potentially saves you $60 out of the gate. If you can't afford a flagship graphics card like the Fury or 980 Ti, the Asus STRIX 390X is a fine choice.

In our actual game tests, the Asus STRIX R9 390X was also faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall, a familiar refrain if you’ve read our Radeon Fury review. Once again, AMD has introduced a card with good bang-for-the-buck, that frequently outperforms its Nvidia competitor but costs an average $35 to $50 less. And you’ve got 8GB of GDDR5 on your side with the 390X. You don’t need it right now for most games, but it’s a solid investment in the future. 

      
  • Silent under less intensive games
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Stylish, premium design
  • 1-Year XSplit subscription good value for streamers
  • Silence comes at the expense of heat, out-of-box operating temps are kind of high

Tags:  AMD, Asus, Radeon, review, strix, 390x

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