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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

Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts


Looking at the price of the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact, you quickly realize it's one of the more expensive R9 285 2GB cards offered, sitting at about $10 more than a lot of the other offerings that give us upgraded cooling. For a lot of people, the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact is just a useless card that is priced too high. This goes for any products in the ITX market, though, as they tend to carry a premium over their larger ATX counterparts.


If you're building a large system, or even a system based on the Micro-ATX format, this card is pointless to use. It's great and all, but there's no point in paying more when you can get something like the Dual-X version from Sapphire. Not only is it priced cheaper, but it comes with a higher out of the box overclock.


On the other hand, if you're building an ITX system, and I mean a proper one with a really small case and not one of those larger ones, this card is an absolute godsend. When it comes to the ITX market, you're not exactly swimming in options as far as video cards go. Motherboard options are fantastic, with ASUS even offering a high-end Republic of Gamers version based on the Z97 chipset. The last thing you want to do is get something as cool as that, slide it into your tiny case, and have a R7 250X powering the graphics.


This is where the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact is a perfect option. Gaming at 1680 x 1050 for the most part isn't an issue, and 1920 x 1200 / 1080 also won't be an issue if you're happy to drop the detail down. We don't see ITX versions of a lot of cards, especially as we climb up the product table. Due to the heat and the amount of components, it gets harder and harder to offer this much power in a package so small. Sapphire has clearly done an awesome job with this tiny sized video card that packs a ton of performance when all things are considered.


Like anything related to the ITX format, this is either an awesome card, or a complete waste of money, depending on your needs. If you're thinking about building a nice Mini-ITX system, but have been deterred by the lack of video card options that can put out some decent FPS, you'll be so happy to see the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact. On the other hand, if you're building something bigger, your money is much better spend on the Dual-X version of the R9 285 2GB from Sapphire.



PRICING: You can find the Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC video card 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 ITX Compact retails for $259.99 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking w/a)93%
Quality including Design and Build97%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: Sapphire pack a whole lot into this tiny video card. Dual Mini DisplayPort, an amazing cooler, decent overclocking potential, and some all round strong performance. The Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC is a fantastic option for people thinking about building a smaller ITX based system and need a strong video card to go with it.

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