As expected AMD has announced the new Tonga Pro based Radeon R9 285 graphics card at its #AMD30 event yesterday. Radeon R9 285 has turned out to be exactly what we expected. Radeon R9 285 supports DirectX 12 and stands right between R9 280 and R9 280X. AMD announced the card at the event but it will begin shipping on September 2nd, 2014. The company also announced a new Never Settle: Space Edition game bundle with Radeon R9 285 which includes – Star Citizen, Space Run III, Alien Isolation and Habitat. Today, we look at some of the Radeon R9 285 custom variants offered by ASUS, Sapphire and XFX.
AMD Radeon R9 285 Specifications
Radeon R9 285 features 1792 shaders, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The GPU comes with 2 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit memory interface. The GPU core is clocked at 918 MHz while the memory is clocked at 5500 MHz or 5.5 GHz effectively. It carries the same reference design as seen with earlier Radeon R9 2xx series so custom variants will be the way to go. R9 285 comes with 190 W TDP which is a 5% improvement over Radoen R9 280. The GPU supports AMD’s Mantle, TruAudio and AMD Eyefinity technologies. The major attraction is the support for upcoming DirectX 12 API which will be introduced with Windows 9. Display outputs include a DVI-D port, DVI-I port, HDMI port and a DisplayPort. There are no CrossFire connectors on board so Radeon R9 285 will utilize the new XDMA CrossFire technology for better scaling.
AMD Radeon R9 285 Custom Variants – ASUS, XFX & Sapphire
During the event, AMD announced that Radoen R9 285 will be produced by eight AIB partners but all of them will not utilize the reference design. The AIB partners to manufacturer the R9 285 include – ASUS, Sapphire, HIS, PowerColor, Club 3D, MSI, GIGABYTE, and XFX. Most of the AIB partners are keeping their variants a secret before the shipping date so we have information on only three variants by Sapphire, XFX and ASUS.
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X and ITX Compact
Sapphire is introducing a total of six variants of Radeon R9 285. Two of them house the beastly Dual-X cooling solution while the other two are designed for mini-ITX builds similar to ASUS’s DirectCU Mini GPUs. Sapphire is also introducing 4 GB models of Dual-X Radeon R9 285 which will be revealed on September 2nd, 2014. Today, we have information on the 2 GB models with reference specs and factory overclocks.
|Dual-X R9 285||Dual-X R9 285 OC||R9 285 ITX Compact||R9 285 ITX Compact OC|
|GPU||Tonga Pro||Tonga Pro||Tonga Pro||Tonga Pro|
|Process||28 nm||28 nm||28 nm||28 nm|
|Memory Size||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
|GPU Clock||918 MHz||965 MHz||918 MHz||928 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1375 MHz||1400 MHz||1375 MHz||1375 MHz|
|TDP||190 W||190 W||190 W||190 W|
XFX Radeon R9 285 Double Dissipation Edition
XFX announced the Double Dissipation Edition of Radeon R9 285 featuring the in-house dual-fan cooling solution. Radeon R9 285 Double Dissipation Edition features the same specifications as the reference design without any factory overclocks. The Double Dissipation cooler lowers the GPU temperature by 7 degrees Celsius compared to the reference design and it is 13 dB quieter as well. The GPU is manufactured using XFX Duratec Professional Grade components to ensure top quality and reliability. It supports all the native AMD technologies including dual-graphics support and PowerTune 2.0.
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ASUS Radeon R9 285 STRIX
ASUS did not reveal its Radeon R9 285 STRIX officially but it showed up at a charity auction on eBay. The money for the auction will go to Child’s Play and the GPU was sold for a massive $560. Anyways, ASUS’s Radeon R9 285 STRIX has similar specifications to all other variants but features the in-house 0 dB dual-fan cooling solution. When the system is idle the GPU fans are turned off and only spin when the GPU temperature surpasses 65 C. The cooler is highly efficient as it delivers 20% better cooling performance and also keeps the noise levels down considerably. More information regarding the clock speeds of the card will be revealed once it is officially announced.
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 OC
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 OC is based on Tonga Pro GPU featuring 1792 shaders, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The card comes with 2 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit memory interface. TurboDuo R9 285 OC’s GPU is clocked at 945 MHz while the memory is clocked at 1375 MHz or 5.5 GHz effectively. It houses a dual-slot dual-fan cooling solution that helps keep the GPU cool and reduces noise level. TurboDuo R9 285 OC has the highest core clock amongst the other two variants but we are assuming that ASUS STRIX will be clocked above 1000 MHz.
I will update this article once variants from MSI, GIGABYTE, Club 3D, PowerColor and HIS are revealed. For the time being, you can browse the gallery of Sapphire Dual-X, ASUS STRIX and XFX Double Dissipation models below.
[Update]: The report is updated with information on PowerColor’s TurboDuo R9 285 OC and pictures of Sapphire’s R9 285 ITX Compact graphics cards. Stay tune for variants from Club3D, HIS, MSI and GIGABYTE.