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Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Review


Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Specifications:

Display Support
4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
1 x HDMI (with 3D) Output
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
928 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
1792 x Stream Processors
Video Memory
2048 MB Size
256-bit GDDR5
5500 MHz Effective
171(L) x 110(W) x 35(H) mm
2 x slot
Driver CD
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


Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Features:

  • HDMI (with 3D): Support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic,  ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.
  • Mini-DisplayPort: Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution,  the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors.
  • Dual-Link DVI-I: Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
  • Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology: GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth.
  • AMD Stream Technology: Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processer on tasks other than traditional graphics such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.
  • AMD Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback): Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)
  • AMD HD3D Technology: Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.
  • 28 nm GCN (Graphic Core Next) Architecture: The new 28nm GCN Architecture’s more efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling a dramatic increase in processing power
  • PCI Express 3.0:  PCI-Express 3.0 delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU (GPU communication-up to 16GB/sec in each direction), maximizing the performance from your GPU when paired with the latest platforms.
  • AMD Eyefinity 2.0: The next generation of AMD Eyefinity technology is here, featuring all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Face it: the best just got better: The enhancements for AMD Radeon HD7000 series include: Stereo 3D-multi-display stereoscopic 3D support via DisplayPort 16K X 16K maximum display group resolution-output up to 268 megapixels per GPU. 
  • Enhanced Multi-GPU Capabilities: Triple or quadruple gaming power with AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU technology. Increase your gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or with QuadFire configurations. With AMD ZeroCore Power Technology, the graphics card in slave modes will be switched off in idle to maximize the power saving.
  • Discrete Digital Multi-Point Audio:  The AMD Redeon HD 7900 Series is the first GPU that can simultaneously output multiple and discrete audio streams via HDMI and DisplayPort Output.
  • UEFI BIOS support: 1) Pre-OS and network security: Sapphire HD 7730/UEFI ready products equip the UEFI firmware that is digitally signed and approved by Microsoft for Secure Boot. With Windows 8’s secured boot architecture and its establishment of a root of trust, the customer is protected from malicious code executing in the boot path by ensuring that only signed, certified “known good” code and boot loaders can execute before the operating system itself loads. 2) Faster boot and resume times: When compared to the legacy BIOS, systems with UEFI has a much faster boot and resume time to the OS.
  • AMD TrueAudio Technology: Designed for game audio artists and engineers to bring their artistic vision beyond sound production into the realm of sound processing. Intended to transform game audio as programmable shaders transformed graphics. AMD TrueAudio lower your CPU capacity, delivers better 360° surround sound.
  •  AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology for R9 285/ R9 290 Series,  The R9 285/ R9 290 Series has the ability to support AMD CrossFire Technology mode without the need for a hardware strap or “CrossFire ribbon”, while maintaining the same quality and performance that AMD CrossFire Technology is known to deliver. Triple or Quadruple gaming power with AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology.AMD CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.
  • DirectX® 12: The tessellation performance on AMD Radeon R7/ R9 series is up to 2X faster than the previous generation, and DirectCompute performance is also faster to accelerate advanced post-processing, filtering, and anti-aliasing techniques. Direct X12 games has never looked this good. * Based on preliminary DirectX 12 specifications as of July, 2014, AMD’s GCN-based products are expected to support DirectX 12 upon its release. The DirectX 12 specification and support for it are subject to change without notice.
  • Mantle:  Properly enabled games will reach new heights of performance by speaking the language of Graphics Core Next architecture.
  • OpenGL 4.4:   OpenGL 4.4 improves the GPU efficiency by improving the shader process operation and capturing GPU tessellated geometry. The process of modifying an arbitrary subset of compress texture is also simplified. The memory management in handling shaders is more efficient as well.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center™:  The AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon™ based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC.
  • Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support:  Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
  • Anti-aliasing features:  Supports advanced AA (Anti-aliasing) features to maximise your enjoyment of high definition gaming.  Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4 or 8 samples per pixel),  Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for superior quality,  Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling, Gamma correct, Super AA (AMD CrossFireX™configurations only), All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
  • AMD PowerTune™ Technology: AMD PowerTune is a breakthrough technology that sets an entirely new direction for maximum performance at TDP. It allows the GPU to be designed with higher engine clock speeds which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom.
  • TriXX Utility:  TriXX helps users to get the optimum performance from compatible SAPPHIRE graphics cards in any application by allowing them to monitor, tune and save different settings of key parameters for the card.
  • Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3):  Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond !) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.
  • Microsoft Office 2010:  Take advantage of improved picture and media editing capabilities in Office 2010 as well as edit and share your content in real time.  See more, and get more done. Enhanced productivity with accelerated GPU processing for Office applications.
  • Windows® 7 support: WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.
  • AMD App Acceleration: AMD App Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL, DirectCompute or DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA).
  • AMD PowerPlay with ZeroCore Power Technology: AMD PowerPlay is a power management technology in response to the GPU loading, AMD PowerPlay automatically manages the power consumption. AMD ZeroCore Power technology allows your AMD Radeon™ GPU to consume virtually no power when in idle state5. When used with AMD CrossFire™ technology, it shuts down additional GPUs when they’re not in use.
  • Accelerated Internet Applications Rendering: The new AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series accelerates the rendering performance with the latest web browsers (IE10, Firefox 6) and programming interfaces (Direct2D, HTML5, WebGL, Flash 11 / Molehill).
  • Cutting-edge Quad HD display support (4K Support):  The display resolution is quadrupled to the resolution of 4KX2K( 4096X2160 ) from the outputs of DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI.
  • Dual BIOS ( Legacy and UEFI ) Support:  This product supports both Legacy and UEFI BIOS. By factory default, the card itself is under Legacy mode. By pressing the button with SAPPHIRE logo, UEFI mode will be easily enabled.   Pros to enable UEFI mode: 
  • ITX Compact edition:  Sapphire ITX Compact edition is developed specially for small form factor PC systems, this model features a shorter PCB, measuring only 171mm long, and an efficient heatpipe cooler with a single fan.
  • Windows® 8.1 support: WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for SAPPHIRE cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 8.1

All information courtesy of Sapphire @ http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2445&psn=&lid=1&leg=0#

  1. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC: Specifications & Features
  4. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Metro: Last Light
  6. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  7. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: BioShock Infinite
  8. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Crysis 3
  9. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Far Cry 3
  10. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Battlefield 4
  11. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  12. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Batman: Arkham Origins
  13. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Unigine Heaven 4.0
  14. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: 3DMark
  15. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Temperatures
  16. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC: Conclusion
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