AMD Radeon R9 285: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 285
Radeon R9 285
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 918 MHz
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 22.47

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 285 sales 2 September 2014 at a recommended price of $249. This is GCN 3.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 176.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 221 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 190 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

22.47%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 285's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating220
Value for money24.60
ArchitectureGCN 3.0 (2014−2017)
GPU code nameTonga
Market segmentDesktop
Release date2 September 2014 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$249
Price now$153 (0.6x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon R9 285's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 285's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1792of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed918 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors5,000 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)190 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate102.8of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance3,290 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 285's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length221 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 285: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed5500 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth176.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 285. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 285, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.3
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 285. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 285 22.47
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

R9 285 6680

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 285 8570

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 285. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 391 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 20.3 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 285 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 285 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 285 from NVIDIA is T600, which is slower by 2% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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