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Posted 02 September 2014 - 02:49 PM


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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