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HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 16, 2014 5:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: HIS Digital

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.

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