Radeon_R9_285_2GB
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB

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How well can the Radeon R9 285 2GB run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon R9 285 2GB graphics cards allows the gamer to run indie system requirements and some less demanding AAA titles. In today’s PC hardware terms these are considered middle range for gaming performance. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2019 popular games. This short Radeon R9 285 2GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 191 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 285 2GB can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 44 FPS, Medium: 34 FPS, High: 23 FPS and Ultra: 17 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Red Dead Redemption 2 returns a weak 17 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 285 2GB at 1440p with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 33 FPS, Medium: 26 FPS, High: 18 FPS and Ultra: 13 FPS. We then checked out Red Dead Redemption 2 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 33FPS, M: 26FPS, H: 18FPS, U: 13FPS. And another popular game was Need For Speed Heat that returned L: 33FPS, M: 26FPS, H: 18FPS, U: 13FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 285 2GB, this is unable to perform adequately across modern games at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 285 2GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 285 2GB in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 285 2GB is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 285 2GB? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 285 2GB would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 897 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 120% better performance. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 285 2GB is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which is 65% more powerful and can run 686 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
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The Radeon R9 285 2GB is released on 02 Sep 2014

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Architecture
GCN 1.2 Tonga PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
112
Texture Rate
103 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
29 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
1792
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$249.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
2048 MB
Memory Speed
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
176GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
918 MHz
Power
Max Power
190 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon R9 285 2GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 285 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture. It surpassed previous Radeon R9 280, cost less and was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.


Architecture
The GCN 1.2 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture improves memory bandwidth performance which allows AMD to produce Graphics Cards with smaller data transfer rates without causing too much impact on the overall performance. This is done by using lossless delta color compression.
GCN 1.2 also adds improved Tesselation and video encoding/decoding performance as well as DirectX 12.0 Support.


GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Tonga PRO which is essentially a cut-down version of the Tahiti PRO GPU previously used on Radeon HD 7950. It offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 918MHz and has no Boost, while the memory clock operates at 1375MHz.


Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, Mantle, PowerTune, TrueAudio, Eyefinity, ZeroCore, HD3D, App Acceleration and other technologies.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan. The Card is known to run relatively cool.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 190W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.


Release Price
The release price of $249 is lower than of its predecessor - Radeon R9 280 which was launched for $279.


Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1080p (1920x1080) Radeon R9 285 2GB is almost as fast as GeForce GTX 670 and surpasses GeForce GTX 760 considerably.


System Suggestions
We recommend a decent Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R9 285 2GB.


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Radeon R9 285 2GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 5% 67%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 69% 130%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9% 67%
Death Stranding 3% 130%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 130%
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 130%
Halo: Reach 77% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 6% 67%
Planet Zoo 11% 80%
Borderlands 3 8% 77%
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Would the Asus Strix version of this card be a good match with my cpu? Will my cpu bottleneck it at any time?

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yes it will a great match and you can go as high as a r9 290x or gtx 980 without a problem.

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compared to my GTX 680 which one is better? i plan on getting a 4790K with my GTX 680 but this card is included.

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your gtx is slightly better or as good in some cases in which the game is optimized for AMD.

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Will My Core i3 3210 3.2 GHz With 4 GB Of Vram 1333 Mhz Handle It

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It's not the best match but what you need is extra RAM. 8GB is a must for this card.

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may I ask what has system ram has to do with a GPU? I've always wondered :)

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In itself nothing, but it can cause a bottleneck in performance for the GPU. Especially if it's not enough.

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ok then, it's nothing I don't know, thanks for informing me :)

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Ah dam prices in my country, the Asus strix R9 285 is priced around €280 in one store, in another the Sapphire Dual-X is priced €300, and I can get 280X for €280 or add few more bucks for GTX 770 lowest is €310. I don't know which to buy now when the better 280X costs same as 285 card. :/

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Easy, get none. Wait for GTX 970 :)

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The prob is pice of GTX 970 and when will they release the card. Cuz idk if I will have money then.

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Well if you can't afford it, probably between 300 and 400 USD, its release will cause the price of other cards to drop.

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Yeah I will wait till Nvidia releases the 900 series, not in a hurry will spare the money.

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and in my country te gtx 970 is 380Euro and the gtx 980 is 600Euro… like what's wrong with my country, except being poor and corupted…

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atm I can only buy Asus GTX 970 Strix which cost above €420 but usually asus are the most expansive, but I assume the others will be around €360, I still will wait till other brands come out.

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360Euro is too much for a gtx 970, since the stock/reference can be found for 310-330 DOLLARS and the aftermarket ones are for 350-370 DOLLARS….

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Not in my country I just checked the reference are €350 and all other aftermarket ones are above €380. So I think nothing of GTX 970, I still need a new psu that together will put me above €400 which I can't afford. :/

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IMO a gtx 970 for more than 350-360$ is just too much and not worth it ATM.

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Well seems I will get this card once it's released in stores.

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Nice choice. It is a really cheap card considering what the market offers.

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Thanks. :)
should my cpu handle it ok? I have CM 212 Hyper EVO cooler will it be ok to oc @4.0ghz?

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There is no need to OC your CPU :)

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Thanks, great that's awesome.

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Update: This Graphics Card is now correctly ranked.

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It maybe uncompetitive, but recently Sapphire has announced itx version of this gpu. That's pretty much a plus point for this gpu.

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We still need to see real benchmarks. :)

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I know but it kinda surprising this gpu will get the itx version.

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well its competing with GTX 760 which also has an itx version.

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Confirmed specs not 100% sure, 1792 SPUs, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs, 918mhz clock speed, 1375mhz(5.5Ghz effective) memory speed and rated TPD of 150W for the Tonga PRO chip. So the Tonga XT chip will pack stronger specs then.

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That's dissaponting memory performance then, if it's still 256 it only has 176GB/s

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Yeah but with non reference cards will probably have cards with OCed Memory speed which will boost its performance more, and they still claim it's performance will match gtx 770 but we will see once it's released, also Tonga XT chips is confirmed but the specs aren't 100% sure, says it will pack 3GB VRAM and 384bit with 2048SPUs with TDP rated 200W, we will see once is released. :)

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190w rated tdp

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source: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-radeon-r9-285-reveal,27526.html

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Yeap confirmed now its tdp is 190W.

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Hi, I have a I5 3570K. I am planning to buy this graphics card. According to what I know I should not be a Bottleneck problem, I wanted to be sure not to stay a problem. Do you think would be a problem?

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It will suit you well and your i5, no bottleneck at all.

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Your CPU doesn't bottleneck any GPU

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You should consider the R9 280x, if your PSU isn't a problem, it will most likely perform better, especially on higher resolutions.

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Should i get a 280x now or wait for the 285 to launch and then decide? Thank you.

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both won't hit 99% usage cuz of your cpu, but if you going to get a new cpu too, then I would recommend the R9 285 it should perform better and draw less power. :)

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oh no im getting a whole new computer but im getting parts when they are cheaper. Thanks for the advice.

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Which one do you think is better in the long run? I want to get it with the mail rebate if it is better. thx

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idk now, cuz we do not have exact configuration of R9 285, the 280X is good card but you will need at best a good 600W psu. If you can wait till R9 285 gets released it would be good. ATM idk. :/

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Thx for the reply and im getting a 280x either the Gigabyte or the MSI.

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