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AMD’s Radeon R9 285 Slots Just Below the R9 280, Will Retail for $249

Posted on August 25, 2014 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
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During its “30 Years of Graphics & Gaming” event, held this past weekend, AMD took the veil off of its next graphics card: Radeon R9 285. This is a bit of an odd release, because despite it having the higher model number, the R9 285 ranks under not only the R9 280X, but the R9 280 as well. I hope that I’m not the only one who considers that to be a little bizarre.

AMD Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card

Odd model name choice aside, the R9 285 is set to retail for $249, which is about $50 less than the 280. Its drawbacks when compared to that card is that it loses 33% of the VRAM and bus width – to 2GB and 256-bit, respectively. For those who are fine with a 2GB framebuffer, the R9 285 is undoubtedly tempting at its $249 price-point. It’s interesting to note, though, that a 4GB model is also going to be available, so it will be interesting to see what pricing is on that one.

AMD Radeon Series Cores Core MHz Memory Mem MHz Mem Bus TDP
Radeon R9 295X2 5632 1018 8192MB 5000 512-bit 500W
Radeon R9 290X 2816 1000 4096MB 5000 512-bit 250W
Radeon R9 290 2560 947 4096MB 5000 512-bit 250W
Radeon R9 280X 2048 <1000 3072MB 6000 384-bit 250W
Radeon R9 280 1792 <933 3072MB 5000 384-bit 200W
Radeon R9 285 1792 <918 2048MB 5500 256-bit 190W
Radeon R9 270X 1280 <1050 2048MB 5600 256-bit 180W
Radeon R9 270 1280 <925 2048MB 5600 256-bit 150W
Radeon R9 265 1024 <925 2048MB 5600 256-bit 150W
Radeon R7 260X 896 <1100 2048MB 6500 128-bit 115W
Radeon R7 260 768 <1000 1024MB 6000 128-bit 95W
Radeon R7 250X 640 <1000 1024MB 4500 128-bit 95W
Radeon R7 250 384 <1050 1024MB 4600 128-bit 65W

We’re unable to share performance data on the R9 285 until next week, but on account of the reference model aligning so well with the 280, I can’t imagine that we’re going to see much of a difference between the two. Oh well – expect our look at MSI’s Twin Frozr IV edition soon.


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