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.
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.