• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Chipset: AMD Radeon R9 285
  • Core Clock: 973MHz
  • Memory Size: 2GB
  • Ports: 1x HDMI, 2x DVI, 1x DisplayPort
  • Pros:
  • Good Performance
  • Has Tonga features
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 3,533 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 7,062 points
  • Heaven Unigine: 1,764 points

Twice The Fun

The average gamer has an age old problem which are the lack of funds to fuel their cravings, especially with top notch graphics card being on the high side in price. The MSI Radeon R9 285 GAMING is the solution for that as it provides gamers strapped for cash a way to enjoy their favourite games.

The essentials are available on this graphics card with ports such as HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort are readily available for use

The essentials are available on this graphics card with ports such as HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort are readily available for use

The graphic card comes with MSI trademark colours which sports the usual red and black theme. It sports the Twin Frozr cooler design which stays true to its dual fan dual slot design to keep the card cool. It also has an array of heatpipes which aid in the cooling process keeping the card cool throughout your gaming session. Additionally, it sports all the required ports for various displays such as HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI

The main draw from this graphic card is its ability to use Tonga features. With Tonga, higher end features found on more expensive cards can now be found in mid-range cards like these, features such as TrueAudio, AMD’s Mantle and Freesync the direct competitor to NVIDIA’s G-Sync plus it also has the ability to create a bridgeless Crossfire setup just by linking two of these devices using the PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth to the max. Tonga also provides Lossless Delta Compression which gives a 256-bit memory bus perform like a 384-bit memory bus allowing for more efficient memory use.

The heatpipes on the MSI Radeon R9 285 GAMING uses MSI's SuperPipe technology to keep the card constantly cool

The heatpipes on the MSI Radeon R9 285 GAMING uses MSI’s SuperPipe technology to keep the card constantly cool

Performance-wise it produced amazing scores on our benchmarks blazing pass each test with great marks. When we tested its performance on high-end games like Shadows of Mordor and Call Of Duty Advance Warfare, we see a steady frame rate throughout the gameplay even when pushed to maximum settings. On both those games, we managed to achieve 30fps on 1080p settings. The card also produces little to no noise during gameplay with noise levels only noticeable during intense parts of the game where it requires more graphic intensive usage.

CHIP CONCLUDE: All in all, this is a graphics card for those who wants to enjoy the latest games but without the pain of buying an expensive graphics card.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

MSI Radeon R9 285 GAMING