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Sapphire's ITX Compact R9 285: Good Things In Small Packages

Overclocking Sapphire's ITX Compact R9 285 OC Edition

As always with overclocking, we start by reminding our readers that the luck of the draw is one of the most important factors. Having said that, we're still interested in seeing how far we can push Sapphire's small Radeon R9 285 sample.

The card's GPU operates at 928MHz, representing a 10MHz overclock that makes a slight difference compared to the reference model. Once we increased the power target to its maximum 20% limit, though, we were able to push the core another 102MHz to to 1030MHz, yielding a 15% bump. As you can see from the 3DMark graphics scores, this had a significant impact on performance.

The 2GB of on-board GDDR5 runs at 1500MHz, rewarding us with a 125MHz increase compared to the stock specification. This memory bandwidth increase has a measurable, but less impactful, effect on the Futuremark Fire Strike test.

  • Nuckles_56
    Very nice card and for such a small size; a very impressive cooler
  • StarBound
    Now I would love to see Gigabytes gtx 970 itx to compare it to.
  • jjb8675309
    Some real game benchmarks would have been nice.
  • SirTrollsALot
    Thats great! Can you do ITX power supply review next please!
  • CaptainTom
    Personally I wish all graphics cards had the same connection options as this one (2xDP, HDMI, DVI). It is perfect and allows any type of connection combination you could want. Plus, the use of mini display port allows room for a bigger output of air = better cooling.
  • Amdlova
    looks nice and shine this graphic. Bring Now The 290x Itx... I want hell on earth.
  • rohitbaran
    Considering the power draw of R9 290x, it will unfortunately be hell in your ITX rig rather than on earth lol.
  • Musaab
    Toooooooooooooo late I will go with GTX 970 and I am sure we will see shot GTX970 and even 980 sooner
  • bloc97
    r3 3xx cards will again, be cheaper, and more performant than its nvidia counterpart.
  • huilun02
    I hope they also make a mini 290X, so that together with the mini GTX 970 we can hammer down an extra nail in the coffin for the cancerous consoles.

    I know the 290X may require a power plant to run and ignite the atmosphere, but can't a man dream?