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Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga� 2GB Graphics?= Card Review

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Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga†2GB Graphics Card Review


After much anticipation and speculation we can finally present our

review of AMD's new “Tonga†based graphics card. Today we are

reviewing Tonga Pro, that's the first iteration of Tonga, which forms

the R9 285 graphics card. It is expected that a Tonga XT variant will

arrive at a later date to form the R9 285X. We've already known the

specifications of the R9 285 for a while since AMD officially

revealed them a few weeks back


, but let's go over them again:


On paper the R9 285 should be very similar in performance to AMD's R9

280 and as a result it should be faster than Nvidia's GTX 760 given

the fact AMD's R9 280 was. At $250 MSRP the R9 285 is a direct

competitor to the Nvidia GTX 760 – AMD's marketing campaign for the

R9 285 is spearheaded by the fact it beats the GTX 760. At $250 it is

also a direct competitor to the R9 280, especially as it offers

similar performance. I wouldn't be surprised if AMD allows them both

to co-exist at the same price point because they do offer slightly

different things. The R9 280 offers more memory but the R9 285 better

power efficiency, while the two trade blows on performance depending

on the type of game or applications. Things get a bit

confusing though when we start looking at actual retail pricing

instead of MSRPs – AMD's R9 280 can be had for as low as $210 so at

that price the R9 285 starts to look a bit expensive at $250.









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