Close up with the HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC
Taking the HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC out of the box, you notice a design that looks fairly familiar. The IceQ X2 cooler is pretty large, and as you can see by looking at the bottom, it shoots past the PCB by a decent margin. We've got two fans sitting over the center of the card, which have a really large heat sink sitting behind them, with a number of copper heat pipes coming out of the top of the card.
Taking a look around the card we can see the two 6-Pin PCIe power connectors needed to get the card up and running. We also get a good look at just how far the heat sink goes past the card, and we get a closer look at the number of heat pipes that are present here.
While we would normally move towards the front of the card to check out the CrossFire connector, or possibly a BIOS switch, this card has neither. One of the cool features of the new R9 285 is that it has implemented the same bridgeless CrossFire technology seen on the R9 290 offerings.
Finishing up our look at the card, we head over to the I/O department. It's a pretty standard affair here, with two Dual-Link DVI connectors, one DVI-D, and the other DVI-I which sits alongside a HDMI and DisplayPort connector.
Out of the box, this already overclocked card carries a core clock of 938MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 comes in at 5500MHz QDR. Today we figured we'd take the time to see how overclocking went on the card to see if we could yield some more performance out of it.
However, after firing up MSI Afterburner, we noticed that it had issues detecting the clock speeds, and didn't allow us to adjust the voltage of the core.
Because of the issues we had under MSI Afterburner, we headed into AMDs Catalyst Control Center instead, and thought we'd just use the built-in overclocking abilities.
Looking above, you can see we managed to push the core up to 1095MHz, and we pushed the 2GB of GDDR5 to 6200MHz QDR. This is a decent overclock that should yield some strong performance gains. We'll see how the HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC performs at these speeds in just a moment.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- 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]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- $32 million of Ethereum stolen by hackers
- Fake AMD Ryzen CPUs have been sent by Amazon
- Avast acquires CCleaner and Speeccy developer Piriform
- Ubisoft hints AC Origins' RPG elements will be monetized
- Google Pixel XL 2 looks amazing in the new concept video
- Cryptocurrency mining deflates, used GPUs hit eBay
- G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB Memory Kit Review
- ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard Review
- Transcend ESD220C 120GB Portable SSD Review
- Need help getting backup bios to work z77 d3h
- Atari announces Blade Runner 2049 partnership with NECA and Audiowear, launching wearable technology that blurs the line between fashion and future
- BIOSTAR introduces the world's first 8-slot PCI-e mining motherboard with the TB250-BTC+
- HyperX unveils HyperX Alloy Elite and TKL HyperX Alloy FPS Pro mechanical gaming keyboards
- Toshiba Memory Corporation develops world's first 3D flash memory with TSV technology
- ADATA releases XPG GAMMIX line with S10 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1.2 SSD and D10 DDR4