PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo


Just a few days ago, we brought the first of our series of reviews featuring AMD’s new R9 285 GPU. Today we will be bring you PowerColor’s configuration, the Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo. Of the R9 285s we have received so far, the PowerColor is the shortest. In fact, it is about 45mm shorter then any of the other cards we have seen, with the exception of the ITX specialty versions. Despite it’s short length, they have still managed to fit a dual fan cooler. The Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo has also red and black color scheme.

On paper, the new R9 285 does not appear that different from the R9 280 it replaces. Those who are familiar with the R9 280 will notice that the new card features 2Gb of GDDR5 VRAM on a 256 bit bus versus the 3Gb of GDDR5 VRAM on a 384 bit bus. The new VRAM configuration makes the card cheaper to manufacture, while only having a modest impact on performance.

Most might even make the assumption that the R9 285 is simply another reconfiguration. Let us assure, it is not. The new R9 285 is built on the GCN 1.1 architecture. This adds a few of notable features that differentiate the R9 285 from the R9 280. The first of these is the R9 285 has a 32% lower TDP then it’s predecessor. The second is True Audio, a feature only available up till now on the R260(X) and R9 290(X) cards. Finally, like the R9 290(X) cards, the R9 285 does not need a Crossfire bridge.

PowerColor’s take on the Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo

AMD Eyefinity Technology

Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.

GCN Architecture

A new design for AMD’s unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.

AMD App Acceleration

AMD App Accelerator creates a “co-processing” environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon™ Graphics processor works together with the system central processor, to accelerate enabled applications.

AMD HD3D Technology

Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies

Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.

AMD CrossFire™ Technology

Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability

Increase our gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or 3.75x with QuadFire configs.

Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering

Improved anisotropic filtering algorithm eliminates distracting artifacts and produces reference-level image quality.

AMD HD Media Accelerator

Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.

AMD PowerTune Technology

Maximizes performance under load conditions by dynamically increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused TDP headroom. Also allows users to configure their own TDP limit, within a provided range, for even higher performance or more power efficiency.

PCI Express 3.0

Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU.

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology

GDDR5 memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.


Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.

Enhanced Internet Applications

Accelerate rendering performance with the latest web browsers and programming interfaces.

TurboDuo Professional Cooling System

The dual-fan cooling design can rapidly take the heat away, and decrease the operating temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Let’s take a closer look on the next page.

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7 years ago

Thanks for the review Heath!
Thanks for the review Heath! It sure looks like AMD has a winner on it’s hand with the R9 285, a worthy successor to the older R9 280.