You might remember when there was the first word about the new AMD Tonga GPU, and that at the time, the rumors were everywhere. There was talk of it being a chip for an efficient mid-tier graphics card as well as it being a new flagship chip. Now, VideoCardz.com has released pictures of various Radeon R9 285 graphics cards, which it claims carry the Tonga Pro GPU.
Performance for these cards is expected to sit at around the same level as the R9 280. It remains unknown how many cores the Tonga Pro has, but VideoCardz.com expects it to have a clock speed of 918 MHz. From the box images, we can see that the memory aboard the cards adds up to 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, which we suspect will run over a 256-bit memory interface at an effective frequency of 5.5 GHz. Power delivery to the graphics card is taken care of by two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors.
Also expected to arrive later down the line is the R9 285X, which will supposedly carry the Tonga XT GPU and its 2,048 cores.
The R9 285 with the Tonga Pro chip is expected to arrive this month, though pricing remains unknown. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, enjoy the images provided by VideoCardz.com. Note: This is still a rumor, so the specifications may not be correct.
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From the rumor mill its apparently focused on being more energy efficient than performance.
Affordable pricing including displays and cabling. 4k gaming still has awhile before its the standard/mainstream and will be much more resource intensive.
That makes sense, but my problem is why is not the 275 then? The 265 is faster than the 260x, so why would the 285 be slower than the 280x? Just makes no sense how they would name it lol
Now if the 285 performs notably worse than the 280, then I agree the name will be very confusing.
Because you have no way of presuming that it's a slower card in any way, shape, or form.
It could very well be quite a bit faster - the amount of VRAM has little to no effect unless it becomes a bottleneck. (And in fact, cards with larger quantities of VRAM are slower when compared to the exact same card with less VRAM, again as long as it's not so low as to be a bottleneck.)