Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

A Closer Look

The Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC come in a shiny black and purple box. A large graphic dominates the front.

On the back are some highlights of the new card’s features. The box is very colorful and easy to read.

As is normal, the cards itself is protected by an anti-static bag. The card is well cushioned by cardboard on all sides.

Under the cardboard insert is another box that contains all the included accessories.

Sapphire has included a mousepad, 1.8m HDMI cable. two molex to PCIe adapters, driver CD, VGA to DVI adapter, contact card, product guide, and a quick installation manual.

Specifications

Model Name

Sapphire100374OCL

Chipset

Tonga XT

Process Size

28nm

Transistors

Unknown

Die Size

Unknown

Bus Interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Core Clock

965MHz

Unified Shaders

1792

Texture Mapping Units

112

Render Output Units

64

Memory

2GB GDDR5

Memory Interface

256 bit

Memory Type

GDDR5

Memory Clock

1400MHz (Effective 5600Mhz)

DirectX® Support

12

OpenGL

4.4

OpenCL

1.2

Mantle

Yes

Shader Model

5

Feature Support

CrossFireX™ or SLI Technology

Yes CrossFireX™ (Up to 2 GPU’s)

AMD Powertune Technology

Yes

Eyefinity or Surround Technology

Yes (3 Monitors)

Maximum Number of Displays

3

Video Codec Support H.264, MPEG,

MPEG-2, VC-1, BLU-RAY 3D

Yes

Display Support

VGA Output

No

DVI Output

DL DVI-I/ DL DVI-D

DisplayPort

Yes

HDMI

Yes

HDCP Support

Yes

Maximum Resolution

VGA

via adapter

DVI

2560×1600

DisplayPort

4096×2160

HDMI

4096×2160

Power Specs + Board Dimensions

Dimensions

264mm x 113mm

TDP

190W

Minimum System Power requirement (W)

500W

External Power Connector

2 x 6 Pin

A Closer Look

The Dual-X R9 285 OC features Sapphire’s 2 fan Dual-X cooler. The card is the longest of the R9 285 cards we have reviewed so far.

The semi-matte black cooler shroud with purple details creates an interesting feel to the card. Purple is not a color that is used on that often.

This is the only card we have reviewed so far to feature dual BIOS. A small button allows the user to switch between the two. When switched to the second option, the Sapphire logo in the ceter of the button lights up blue.

A black PCB finishes off the look.

At least one of each of the most common monitor connections is available.

With a 190 watt TDP, only two 6 pin connectors to power the new Radeon R9 285.

On to Testing.



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6 years ago

Sapphire Dual-X 285 OC
Great review as always Heath, thanks !