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Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB ITX Compact Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 4:50 am
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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When it comes to heat, the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact does sit in the top half of the graphs here. However, considering the strong overclock, and the size of the heat sink, this is still very solid performance out of the new ITX Compact cooler.

 

 

Sound Test

 

 

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter, we quickly find ourselves 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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Noise levels are very strong on the card, sitting towards the middle of the pack. You could probably easily handle a few more dB and bring that load down if you wanted too.

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