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

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 10, 2014 9:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Test System Setup




We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, and Corsair.


Normally, we would've looked at the GPU-Z screenshot on the previous page when looking at the card, but because we have already looked at the card, we're going to take a quick peek at it here. The main thing we're looking for is that the setup is indeed running CrossFire.




Towards the bottom of the last image, you can see CrossFire is indeed enabled via two GPUs. Still, the best way to make sure everything is working is to benchmark the card. Although, before we do that, we need to quickly cover the cards that are going to be in our graphs today.


Of course, we've got the single Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X sitting alongside our CrossFire setup. Sitting alongside of these two setups, we've got the GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC, Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC, HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo, the heavily overclocked HIS R9 290X Hybrid 4GB OC running at 1160MHz on the core and 6700MHz QDR on the memory, and the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 3GB OC in CrossFire to finish off our AMD offerings.


On the other side of the fence, we've got the MSI GTX 760 MINI-ITX Gaming OC, NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB, and the ASUS GTX 780 ROG Poseidon Platinum 3GB OC to round everything off.



The FPS Numbers Explained


When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Second (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks:


30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS, making sure that you can continue to aim easily, or turn the corner with no dramas.


60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better, and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.


120 FPS - This is the newest number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it, you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.



Why are some graphs incomplete?


Adding new game benchmarks is a long, tedious, and time consuming task, as every video card has to be re-tested in those new benchmarks. For that reason, we have always just reevaluated our benchmark line up every six months. To stay up-to-date and current with the latest benchmarks and games available, we've changed our approach to adding new benchmarks.


Our benchmark line up will progress and be updated as newer, more intensive games with benchmarks comes to light. While this will mean that initially you may only see a single video card in those particular graphs, as the weeks go on and we test more and more video cards, the results will quickly grow. This will help keep our benchmark line up as up-to-date as possible as we introduce and remove games on a constant basis.

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