Welcome to the third installment of our series of reviews featuring AMD's new R9 285 GPU. Today we will be bring you one of Sapphire's configurations, the Dual-X R9 285 OC. Of the R9 285s we have received so far, this Sapphire is the longest, coming in about 10mm longer then any of the other cards we have seen so far. Sapphire has fitted their Dual-X dual fan cooling system to the card. The coolers shroud is black with purple accents. Being that this is the OC version, there is an additional 20 MHz added to the core clock.
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.
During their 30 years of graphics celebration, AMD announced a forthcoming addition to the Radeon R9 200 graphics card lineup, the Radeon R9 285. The Radeon R9 285 is due to replace the Radeon R9 280, which has only been with us for six months. The Radeon however, was a re-brand of the Radeon HD 7950, a cards that has been around since late January 2012.
With a name like Devil, you certainly would expect any product branded with the name to instill fear in it's enemies. There is little doubt that is the reason that PowerColor has chosen to use the name on it's unique line of graphics cards. Indeed, their Devil 13 line of dual GPU graphics cards are legendary. PowerColor chose to expand the line into the last generation Radeon 7870, bringing many of the same features to a more affordable package. When the the Radeon 7870 was revamped into the R9 270X, The Devil went with it.
In October 2013, AMD released their follow up to their Radeon HD 7790 that was released the previous April, the Radeon R7 260X. It is built on the 28 nm process and based on the XTX varioution of the Bonaire graphics processor. Unlike the HD 7790 that came before it, the R7 260X commonly features 2Gb of graphics memory. The Bonaire graphics processor also has many features that are only shared with AMD's Hawaii R9 290(X) and Vesuvius R9 295 flagship models. These include TrueAudio Technology and PowerPlay with ZeroCore Power Technology, to name a couple.
AMD launched the Radeon R7 240, along with its siblings, the R7 250, R9 270X and R9 280X in October 2013. The cards were all met with great fanfare. The Radeon R7 240 was designed to replace the venerable three year old Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 cards. On paper, it seems to do this quite well. While it does appear to be a bit slower than the HD 6670, it does its job using less than half the power of its predecessors.
We will be talking a look at the between level and inspecting the PowerColor PCS+ HD7850. The latest 7850 variation from PowerColor takes the reference design and tweaks it to be a better performer. This is due to the 140MHz overclock of the reference’s 860MHz Core Clock and the addition of the Memory being supercharger from 4800MHz to 4900MHz.