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XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition Review

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XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition Conclusion:

After having tested a few R9 285 variants, the FPS performance envelope is fairly narrow and dependent on overall clock speed. The goal of delivering performance above that delivered by NVIDIA's GTX 760 was met and exceeded for the most part. I say for the most part because these days games can run better depending on how much input the company had in developing the code base.

In several games, the GTX 760 was better than the XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition card. This is really the expectation to set. As far as overall performance goes, the XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition is going to deliver playable frame rates at 1920x1080 using fairly high-end settings in some games and maxed out in others. At 2560 x 1440 with the settings I used, the R9 285 the card still struggles in many of the games tested to deliver seamless game play even with the new data compression algorithms.

As far as overclocking is concerned, XFX gives the enthusiast and gamer a little bit more overclocking margin than the other cards I have tested. I was able to get an additional close to 50MHz more than the comparison cards on the Tonga core and only 15MHz more than the PowerColor or Sapphire variants I tested. Overclocking the core and memory will easily give you a few more FPS to help enhance the gaming experience if you are running on the ragged edge of play ability in game.

Because XFX is using solid components, you get a card that overclocks better and should run a bit more efficiently. The truth is, the XFX card was a bit more power hungry in my tests than the PowerColor Turbo Duo version of this card. Power efficiency is great, but in the real world unless you are running the card full time running [email protected], WCG, or mining whatever alt coin you choose, the power consumption numbers are going to be a wash.

As a factory overclocked card, the XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition is equipped with XFX's own Ghost thermal technology version 2.0 cooling solution that uses a quartet of copper heat pipes that carry the thermals from the Tonga core to the large aluminum fin array. In my testing, this card proved to out perform the R9 285 Turbo Duo from PowerColor by a few degrees under load. Even when using a bit more power than the aforementioned card.

Currently priced at $259 XFX R9 285 Double Dissipation Black Edition is competitively priced matching the asking price on the majority cards currently sold at Newegg. Right now though you can save a few bucks with a $30 rebate that effectively drops the card to an even more attractive $229 with free shipping for those interested in the latest card from AMD and XFX. The $229 price tag puts it in the ballpark of the GTX 760 and delivers higher performance.

 

Pros:

  • Duratec Components
  • Ghost Thermal 2.0 Cooling
  • Factory Overclocked
  • Overclocking Margin
  • Cooling Performance
  • Bridge-less CrossfireX

 

Cons:

  • Power Consumption


 

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