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

This Card Makes No Compromises For Its Small Stature

Sapphire provides a highly capable Radeon R9 285 in a small ITX-friendly size, delivering a card wielding more performance than the GeForce GTX 760 without making any observable compromises. The diminutive cooler keeps GPU temperatures low, and you aren't forced to tolerate any more noise than competing brands selling larger boards. You won't have a problem overclocking even further, either.

The worst thing we can say about the ITX Compact R9 285 is that it draws about 10W more power under load than the other samples we tested, which is practically negligible. Of course, you'll want to keep the power draw and associated heat generation as low as possible in a mini-ITX system, but we were more concerned that the card would somehow be limited with a smaller power envelope than its contemporaries. Happily, this is not the case.

In the short term, this is the fastest mini-ITX graphics card on the market, and it can be purchased on Newegg at the time of writing for $260. Its reign as king will unfortunately be short-lived, as Gigabyte is expected to release a similarly-sized GeForce GTX 970 next month. But that board could cost as much as $335, giving Sapphire's option enough breathing room to continue to be a viable option at a lower price point.

No matter how you slice it, small system builders looking to put together high-performance rigs have access to more performance - and more choice - than ever before. Sapphire's ITX Compact R9 285 is an important addition to that list of options, a sub-$300 graphics card that has what it takes to deliver big HD gaming in a small package.

  • Nuckles_56
    Very nice card and for such a small size; a very impressive cooler
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  • StarBound
    Now I would love to see Gigabytes gtx 970 itx to compare it to.
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  • jjb8675309
    Some real game benchmarks would have been nice.
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  • SirTrollsALot
    Thats great! Can you do ITX power supply review next please!
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  • 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.
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  • Amdlova
    looks nice and shine this graphic. Bring Now The 290x Itx... I want hell on earth.
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  • rohitbaran
    @above
    Considering the power draw of R9 290x, it will unfortunately be hell in your ITX rig rather than on earth lol.
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  • Musaab
    Toooooooooooooo late I will go with GTX 970 and I am sure we will see shot GTX970 and even 980 sooner
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  • bloc97
    r3 3xx cards will again, be cheaper, and more performant than its nvidia counterpart.
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  • 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?
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