Introduction of the Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X in CrossFire
The other day we got a chance to test the performance of the new Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X that AMD had just launched. While we liked what Sapphire and AMD offered, we weren't all that impressed with how AMD named the model, or how they are handling it on a whole. If you want to take a closer look at what exactly I mean, then I recommend you head over to the review, and read the first and last page of it.
There's really no need to say a whole lot here, as we really just covered the R9 285 2GB in a fair bit of detail the other day. Normally after our introduction we'd move on to the packaging, and then take a closer look at the card. However, we won't be looking at the card today, as we only just looked at it the other day.
We will take a look at the package, though, since when we got the Sapphire card from AMD, it came with no package to speak of; now we have come packaging information to share with you. We will also fire up GPU-Z today, to make sure everything looks right while we are covering the cards in our graphs today. So, let's get into it and see what Sapphire is doing as far as the bundle goes.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, you can see the overall design is pretty standard with the model indicated across the top, the brand shown in the middle, and some of the main features noted across the bottom. Included in the main features are the facts this card is an OC Edition, it carries 2GB of GDDR5, and it offers the Dual-X cooling solution. Turning the box over, you can see we've got a bit of a blurb on the left side of the box, while the right hand side expands on some of those main features like the Dual-X cooling solution, and FleX multi-monitor technology.
Moving onto contents of the box, you can see a very standard setup here, with our leaflet for the Sapphire Select Club, Driver CD, DVI to VGA connector, two Molex to 6-Pin PCIe power connectors, and a HDMI cable to round off our cables and connectors. Along with all of this, you can see that Sapphire has also included a mouse pad in the bundle. We've not been a fan of this mouse pad since Sapphire started adding it, because it's really cheap feeling. On the other hand it is free, so it's tough to complain too much about it.
PRICING: You can find the Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X retails for $259.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 14 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 15 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 16 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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