Sapphire R9-285 ITX Compact OC Edition – Review

Compact systems have become increasingly popular over recent years and case manufacturers have only been to happy to oblige users with strikingly designed enclosures to house the hardware. High performance graphics cards have often been a sticking point if you had wanted a truly small system.Nevertheless thanks to improvements in thermal efficiency and design, graphics card manufacturers have started releasing compact re-designs of hardware to cater to this market. Today I am going to take a look at one such card from Sapphire, the R9-285 Compact Edition OC.

About Sapphire

SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well-known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusiast. More recently SAPPHIRE has expanded its global reach to Professional graphics solutions and Embedded system solutions.

Innovation, performance and value for money have always made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for enthusiast graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce fanless silent cooling solutions based on heatpipe technology and continues to offer this technology in its ULTIMATE series. It was again first to introduce the revolutionary Vapour Chamber Technology to graphics cards, giving quieter and more efficient cooling to high performance graphics products with its award-winning Vapor-X product lines. Product variations such as the SAPPHIRE TOXIC Editions deliver users higher performance straight out of the box, and give enthusiasts greater opportunities for performance tuning.

Specifications

Display Support 4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D)
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
GPU 928 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
1792 x Stream Processors
Video Memory 2048 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
5500 MHz Effective
Dimension 171(L)X110(W)X35(H) mm Size.
2 x slot
Software Driver CD
SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility
Accessory DVI to VGA Adapter
Mini-DP to DP Cable
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)
1 x 8 Pin to 6 Pin x2 Power adaptor

 

The specifications of the OC model are slightly improved over the base release, with it having a 928 MHz core clock over the normal 918 MHz.  Whilst having a memory clock of 1375 MHz.

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