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

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 SeriesCoresCore MHzMemoryMem MHzMem BusTDP
Radeon R9 295X2563210188192MB5000512-bit500W
Radeon R9 290X281610004096MB5000512-bit250W
Radeon R9 29025609474096MB5000512-bit250W
Radeon R9 280X2048<10003072MB6000384-bit250W
Radeon R9 2801792<9333072MB5000384-bit200W
Radeon R9 2851792<9182048MB5500256-bit190W
Radeon R9 270X1280<10502048MB5600256-bit180W
Radeon R9 2701280<9252048MB5600256-bit150W
Radeon R9 2651024<9252048MB5600256-bit150W
Radeon R7 260X896<11002048MB6500128-bit115W
Radeon R7 260768<10001024MB6000128-bit95W
Radeon R7 250X640<10001024MB4500128-bit95W
Radeon R7 250384<10501024MB4600128-bit65W

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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