Like I mentioned in the last section, the synthetic benchmarks are about comparing card to card and the in game benchmarks are all about finding out what YOU will experience with the XFX R9 390. To do that I ran the card through nine different modern games with a mix to try to hit what everyone plays. Each game is tested at its highest settings and with the exception of one game all of the games are tested at both 1080p and 1400p. So how did the XFX perform? Well I like to break down the numbers into three categories, one is anything under 30 FPS because I consider that to be unplayable. Next is over 30 but under 60 FPS, this is typically playable but a picky gamer would notice. Then we have 60 FPS or above, aka the sweet spot. At 1080p the XFX 390 blasted through all eight games tested with each having at-least 60 FPS and most had a lot more than that. When I turned up the resolution to 1440p things did get a little harder. Here we had 5/9 games in the 30-60 FPS range where picky gamers will need to turn down the settings slightly but still playable. The other 4 were up over 60 FPS as well, even with the higher resolution.
So how does all of this compare to the Sapphire 390? Well it had the same results going off the breakdown. In about half of the benchmarks the Sapphire actually pulled slightly ahead at 1080p but even in those cases the extra 5MHz on the XFX helped pull ahead ever so slightly at 1440p. When compared to the Nvidia cards the XFX 390 outperformed its direct competitor the GTX 970 consistently and came in below the more expensive GTX 980 consistently as well.