It may be a year late, but with its Radeon R9 285, AMD claims that it’s come up with the perfect recipe for taking on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 760 – a card that hasn’t seen much of a price drop since its release. Featuring an updated GCN architecture, the R9 285 is an interesting card even outside of its elected battle, so let’s check it out.
At this point, it’s no secret that NVIDIA’s next generation GeForce cards are going to be announced soon, and that’s a fact that AMD didn’t want to waste any time capitalizing on. The result of that ambition comes to us in the form of the Radeon R9 285, a card that the company announced during its “30 Years of Graphics & Gaming” event, held two weeks ago.
It’s not uncommon for a GPU vendor to release a new card model in advance of a competitor launch, but this time, things are a little different. You see, the R9 285 isn’t merely a speed-bumped product, or one that’s painfully tweaked to somehow fit inside the normal lineup just because one needs to be there for the sake of quick headlines.
Instead, the R9 285 is the first card to feature the next iteration of AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. Its core is called “Tonga” (Pro), named after the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean.
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