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Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

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Posted October 20, 2014 by Mike in Video Cards

Overview

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Release Date: Currently Available
 
Price at time of Review: $244.99 @ Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great looking, excellent stock performance, phenomenal overclocking capabilities, quiet fans up to 40% PWM, custom PCB, lower power draw than predecessor
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Non-reference board makes likelihood of full-cover water block small, still requires two six pin cables instead of one eight pin
 
BOTTOM LINE:
For the best compromise of cost, performance, and overclocking capability, look no further than the Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC.
by Mike
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Final Thoughts

To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t know what to expect with this card. I knew that Sapphire would do their best to make the most of the new Tonga core, I just wasn’t expecting this kind of runaway success story in the process. Great temperatures, low noise levels, phenomenal overclocking capabilities, smooth game play, XDMA CrossFire, consistent performance at 1080P… is there anything this card doesn’t do well (Smite notwithstanding)?

 

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It’s a good thing I waited to drop this review because had I completed this shortly after getting the card, the release of nVidia’s Maxwell chips might have made this look a bit underwhelming. However, now that we are re-examining the current GPU landscape with all of the wild price drops, we can see that the R9 285 really does offer an incredibly strong value for its price point. With Newegg currently selling the card for $245 USD, it’s a pretty strong value, especially if you want something that’s a bit more energy efficient for your new LAN rig that will still give you excellent performance and tuning ability. No question about it, the Sapphire R9 285 gets PureOC’s Editor’s Choice award. AMD has some great things coming on the horizon, and if this is any indication of the path they are following then I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC (11235-03)

Thank you to Sapphire for providing us with our review sample, and as always feel free to discuss this and other PC related topics in our forums.

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