Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
Coming in a little over the $250 mark, the HIS version of the R9 285 2GB carries a slight premium when compared to the reference card price. This doesn't come as a surprise, though, and it's only a small price increase. Having looked at the R9 285 2GB just the other week, our opinion hasn't really changed on the model.
This is a good, solid model that performs well for its price. I can't deny the fact that the naming scheme continues to even confuse me though, as I found myself writing R9 285 3GB and R9 280 2GB. You just expect the R9 285, a number that is higher than the R9 280, to offer more onboard video memory; because of that, I find my brain telling my fingers to write the number 3 after R9 285.
Still, I've expressed my annoyance with the naming scheme multiple times, and there's no point in really discussing it anymore. Well, at least no more in this review. The HIS variant of the R9 285 2GB is solid, and that comes as little surprise.
We know the R9 285 2GB is pretty strong, and we also know that HIS tends to do a great job when it comes to the IceQ X2 line of cards. Put those two factors together, and you end up with a great performing card, not only in the FPS department, but also in the cooling and noise areas as well. What HIS lacks in bundle, they make up for with the actual product.
When overclocking is thrown into the mix, you can see that we really manage to get some crucial performance gains that pull us out of an unplayable area and bring us into a playable area. With overclocking we get within a stone's throw of 60 FPS, or just mange to straight out get past it. Other times, we saw the Sapphire R9 285 2GB just sneak into the 60 FPS area, but when overclocking was thrown into the mix, we managed to get a bit more breathing room. Breathing room is always appreciated.
For the price, the R9 285 2GB from HIS is a nice purchase. After looking at the Sapphire cards in CrossFire, we would also say that buying a second doesn't hurt. For a pinch over $500, you're able to get yourself a really nice video card setup. If you do want a solid performer at $250, though, this is an excellent option. Although, I must admit I would like to see the ability to adjust the core voltage. With a bit more voltage, and some more MHz, the value of this card is really going to jump up and stand out.
PRICING: You can find the HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC 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 HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC retails for $265.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking w/a)||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
Bottom Line With a decent base already from AMD, HIS expands on a new strong mid-range model. Bringing it in as part of their popular IceQ X2 range has helped the R9 285 2GB stand out for all the right reasons. If you're looking at a card that offers good bang for buck and just all round strong performance, the HIS R9 285 2GB IceQ X2 OC is a great option.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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