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Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB Dual-X OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Temperature Test

 

 

The temperature of the core is pulled from MSI Afterburner with the max reading used after a completed run of 3DMark Vantage at the Performance preset.

 

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The Dual-X cooler from Sapphire continues to do a good job. Looking above, you can see it's in the bottom half of the graph, with the core topping out at 65c under load.

 

 

Sound Test

 

 

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter, we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

 

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).

 

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The temperature numbers are solid, but the noise levels are fantastic. Looking above, you can see that the Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X OC sits near the bottom of the pack, just where you'd want to be in this test.

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