ASUS R9 390X STRIX DirectCU III 8G OC Review
We've got the brand new ASUS R9 390X STRIX DirectCU III OC 8G video card to evaluate today. This video card features new DirectCU III cooling technology from ASUS and is based on the new AMD R9 390X GPU with 8GB of VRAM. We'll be comparing this video card to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 to find the best value.
We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.
Test System Setup
We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We are running the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.
For the ASUS R9 390X STRIX DC3 8G we are using Catalyst 15.7.1 dated 7/29/2015.
For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 we are using GeForce 353.62 dated 7/29/2015.
The video cards we are using are as such:
Max OC ASUS R9 390X STRIX DC3 8G – 1185 MHz core / 6.9 GHz memory
ASUS R9 390X STRIX DC3 8G – 1070 MHz core / 6 GHz memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 – 1126 MHz core / 1216 MHz boost / 7 GHz memory
Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the ASUS R9 390X STRIX DC3 8G with the Catalyst 15.7.1 driver.