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PowerColor R9 285 Turbo Duo Review


PowerColor R9 285 Turbo Duo Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius


















At stock speed, PowerColor's Turbo Duo cooling solution does a good job of cooling the Tonga-based silicon down using a three heat pipe-based cooling solution. The Dual Blade fans push up to 20% more airflow through the fins of the heat sink without increasing its noise signature. When overclocked and the fan speed adjusted to 100%, the R9 285 Turbo Duo sheds another six degrees while under load. The noise profile of the Dual Blade fans is not bad at all comparing to some of the designs out there. First seen on the R9 290 Devil 13, these fans do the job they are intended to do.

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