Radeon R9 285 

Released September, 2014
  • 918 MHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
7.3 Out of 10

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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 285 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Radeon R9 285
6.4
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon R9 285
7.8
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Radeon R9 285
7.1
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon R9 285
7.7
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Radeon R9 285
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon R9 285
8.5
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.3

Overall Score

Radeon R9 285
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 285

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
391.4 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
Radeon R9 280X
493.58 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
71.67 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 280X
93.77 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
1,473.33 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
Radeon R9 280X
1,433.46 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
3,359.15
Radeon R9 280X
3,359.12

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
3,717.1
Radeon R9 280X
1,858.62

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 285
50.62

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon R9 285
344.73

FarCry 3

Radeon R9 285
35

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 285


8.0
Overall performance considered, I'd say the R9 285 is an excellent card for 1080p gaming at maximum details.Feature-wise, not much that really affects you has changed.

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Performance

NVIDIA designed its previous-generation high-end chip, the GK104, as skillfully as the G92.
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The strategy of rebranding current-generation high-end chips as next-generation performance-segment ones worked quite differently for NVIDIA and AMD.
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Performance has really seen no significant improvements since Tahiti, i.e. the R9 280(X).
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Memory

While the GPU is clocked at 918 MHz, the memory is clocked to run at 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective), working out to 176 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
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AMD's "Tahiti" silicon, in contrast, was built to be a "big" chip, with about 24 percent more transistors than the GK104, a requisite twelve memory chips occupying its wider memory bus, and heftier VRM design requirements.
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The Elpida memory chips seemed to limit memory overclocks, which we've seen before on other AMD cards like the R9 290X.
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Applications

You can now use FreeSync in games on Tonga, but there are no FreeSync monitors, so we'll have to see if it'll be worth it.
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While AMD tries to promote 1440p gaming on the card, I think it's just too slow for a really good gaming experience at the resolution.
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In gaming, the two fans will definitely be noticeable.
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Gaming

AMD's latest game bundle also includes loads of titles, old and new, you could pawn off to save some cost.
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While fan noise during gaming has improved, it's still not where I'd like it to as it doesn't beat competing products.
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With some adoptions into games, it will hopefully pick up in the future.
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Power

The R9 28x Series (including the R9 285) is still the least power-efficient series on the market as NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture seems to be twice as efficient during gaming.
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NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture is roughly twice as power efficient as Tonga.
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Since AMD did not provide a reference design R9 285, we have to rely on the Sapphire board to assess the power consumption of AMD's new Tonga GPU.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tonga
Market Desktop
Clock speed 918 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 285 918 MHz 2 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,792
Texture mapping units 112
Render output processors 32
Compute units 28
Pixel rate 29.38 GPixel/s
Texture rate 102.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,290 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,375 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 176 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 190W
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