Radeon R9 285 Announced by AMD
AMD has recently announced the Radeon R9 285 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, which is set to succeed the Radeon R9 280. The latest graphics card from AMD comes with a Tonga Pro GPU, which supports new features such as AMD TrueAudio and FreeSync technology, and matches the 1792 stream processors offered by its predecessor. The Radeon R9 285 does feature a lower maximum GPU boost clock rate than the Radeon R9 280, at 918 MHz for the former compared to 933 MHz for the latter. However, the Radeon R9 285 does feature faster memory, with the new card boasting a 1375 MHz actual/5.5 GHz effective memory speed compared to the 1250 MHz/5.0 GHz effective memory speed offered by the Radeon R9 280. The main improvement that the AMD Radeon R9 285 offers is a lower TDP, as it carries a maximum 190 Watt TDP compared to the 250 Watt TDP of the Radeon R9 280.
The AMD Radeon R9 285 will be available starting September 2, 2014, and carries an MSRP of $249. The card will also be available with the Never Settle Space Edition bundle, which adds Alien Isolation and Star Citizen to the list of games that come bundled with certain Radeon graphics cards.