Club 3D Radeon R9 285 royalQueen Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:15am
Club 3D is based in the Netherlands with sales offices in Germany and North America. They were established in 1997 and became the first “Add in Board” with TAI Technologies (now AMD) back in 2001. They have one of the broadest ranges of AMD Radeon graphics cards in the industry, as well as power supplies and various other accessories. Today we will be taking a look at their Radeon R9 285 royalQueen.
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 its 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.
Club 3D’s take on the Radeon R9 285 royalQueen
The competition is green with envy
The Club 3D AMD Radeon™ R9 285 graphics card is faster than the competition. That's because we designed it for a single purpose: to play demanding PC games at maximum detail better than any card in its class.
The Club 3D AMD Radeon™ R9 285 Graphics card is loaded with the latest from Graphics Core Next Architecture, including mixed screen resolution for AMD Eyefinity Technology and support for DirectX® 12 and AMD's groundbreaking Mantle API. So get Radeon™ and get gaming with forward-looking technology for the serious PC gamer.
CoolStream, the ultimate cooling solution
If you expect above average performance of your Graphics Card, Club 3D CoolStream High Performance Cooling technology is just the kind of high performance that you have been looking for.
Club 3D CoolStream features high performance heatpipes that keeps the components cool and outperforms standard cooling solutions. Paired with unique fan blade design it increases airflow while reducing noise. The result is a dramatic increase of performance for your gaming and multimedia experience.
PC Gamers deserve the best possible gaming experience. Club 3D is committed to drive PC gaming innovation and deliver the next-generation gaming technology. That means no compromises when it comes to what we create, what we service, or what we spend on R&D: everything supports the same objective.
Ultra Resolution Gaming
Leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. Whether using a 4K monitor or combining multiple HD monitors, you'll get an expansive experience that's truly out of sight.
Get the Whole Picture
Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience
From a game developer’s point of view, creating games for the PC has never been especially efficient. With so many combinations of hardware possible in a PC, it’s not practical to create specialized programming for every possible configuration. What they do instead is write simplified code that gets translated on-the-fly into something the computer can work with.
Your games now sound as good as they look
With AMD True Audio the expectations of gamers have never been higher. Graphics quality and processing speed have advanced rapidly, and the games of today are light years ahead of those from just a few years ago. But advancements in game audio have been more sporadic and less widely adopted.
Sound is a critically important part of the immersive experience for gamers and sound engineers are eager to advance their art, but they haven’t enjoyed the same kind of attention that continually drives graphics improvements.
A dedicated digital signal processor (DSP) is built in to the AMD GPU core. That’s a hefty dose of processing power committed just to generating immersive soundscapes. That doesn’t just enable new and exciting audio features in games; it also saves CPU cycles that can be used for other tasks.
2nd Generation GCN Architecture for AMD's unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency
PCIe 3.0 8GT/s bit rate effectively delivers 985 MB/s per lane, double the PCIe 2.0 bandwidth. The new R9 285 does not use a dedicated bridge connector as all traffic is handled by the PCIe bus.
Increase your gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or 3.75x with QuadFire configs.
AMD APP ACCELERATION
Remarkable speed and reliability
AMD Radeon™ GPUs with AMD App Acceleration let you run multiple applications at the same time with remarkable speed and reliability. AMD App Acceleration can help reduce slowdowns and stuttering in intensive, media-rich applications. Powered by a set of innovative hardware and software technologies working in concert behind the scenes. AMD App Acceleration gives you enhanced speed and performance beyond traditional graphics and video processing. You can multitask more efficiently and more confidently
AMD POWERTUNE & ZEROCORE
It's important that great performance and great image quality doesn't come at the expense of a high power bill. Products with the GCN Architecture feature reduced power consumption in the "idle" state.
By dynamically managing the engine clock speeds based on calculations which determine the proximity of the GPU to its TDP limit, AMD PowerTune allows for the GPU to run at higher nominal clock speeds in the high state than otherwise possible
UEFI BIOS support
UEFI Secure Boot was created to enhance security in the pre-boot environment. Without UEFI Secure Boot, malware developers can more easily take advantage of several pre-boot attack points, including the system-embedded firmware itself, as well as the interval between the firmware initiation and the loading of the operating system.
When you turn on the computer, the first thing that happens is the system's firmware boots up and gets the basic computer hardware ready for the operating system. On a modern Windows 8 computer, the establishment of the hardware session is a much quicker operation than on older systems because the UEFI system is much more efficient than the BIOS system. To complete the hardware session, the operating system enumerates all available hardware and loads the appropriate drivers, thus ensuring that a solid hardware session is available.
Once the hardware session is ready, the operating system begins its resume operation. Since the resume operation consists only of restoring the kernel session, rather than restoring both the kernel session and the user session, the resume operation can occur much quicker. In addition to this, the resume operation gets a boost from the fact that the operating system is now designed to take advantage of multiple CPU cores when it comes to processing the hibernation data file. (The old resume process only used one.)
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