AMD Driver Hotfix Delivers Significant R9 390 Gains in DOOM

Keith May
Crimson Edition 16.9.2

AMD has released their new Hotfix driver, Crimson, specifically to address the issues with R9 290, 290x, 390, 390x with the release of DOOM.  If you check out our initial performance review you’ll see the R9 390 being nearly bested by the R9 380 and GTX 960 on average frame rates at 1440p while being left in the dust on minimums.  This left owners of these cards to tweak settings significantly in order to get a stable frame rate.  So we’ve taken our same test bench and decided to compare the performance changes from updating drivers.

Test System Used

Component Selection
CPU Intel Core i7-4770k (4.2ghz)
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero
Power Supply Cooler Master V1200platinum
Storage Disk Seagate 2TB SSHD
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600mhz
Monitor Monoprice Crystalview 4k
Video Cards  R9 380, R9 390, R9 Nano, R9 Fury X
Operating System Window 10 64-Bit


Graphics Cards Tested

All GPUs tested previously with Crimson 16.5.2 and now being tested with Crimson using the same benchmark course we used in the full performance review.



R9 380

The R9 380 came out pretty much a wash in this driver revision.


R9 390

This is where the clear gains were made.  The R9 390 performed below expectations during our initial performance test of this game and it’s good to see they made quick strides in fixing the issues with this GPU



R9 Nano

Much like the R9 380 the Nano saw no change in performance.



R9 Fury X

With the Nano seeing no change it stands to reason that neither did the Fury X as it stayed within margin of error of the initial runs.

Fury X



It’s good to see that the issues with the R9 390 were quickly resolved and I urge anyone playing DOOM with a R9 290, R9 290x, R9 390, or R9 390x to go and download these latest drivers and get in the game.

Have any of you tried the new drivers? If so let us know in the comments how they've worked out for you.

And folks before you go, here's some 4K DOOM goodness running on our water-cooled GTX 980 Ti at Nightmare settings just for the hell of it. Yes, that pun was totally intentional. And don't forget our Skylake i5 6400 vs FX 8350 CPU performance showdown, the results will almost certainly surprise you. Enjoy!

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