AMD announces Tonga Pro Radeon R9 285

August 26, 2014 | 10:17

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AMD has officially unveiled its latest graphics card reference design, the Radeon R9 285, designed to take over from the R9 280 and beat rival Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760.

Based around the 28nm Tonga Pro Graphics Core Next processor, the Radeon R9 285 reference design features 1,792 stream processors running at up to 918MHz - oddly slower than the 933MHz of the R9 280 - with a compared overall single-precision floating-point compute performance of 3.29 teraflops. The GPU breaks down into 112 texture units with a 102.8GT/s fill rate, 32 ROPS with a 29.8GP/s pixel fill rate, and 128 Z-stencil buffers. As standard, the board includes 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus, offering a 5.5Gb/s bandwidth. The board has a thermal design profile (TDP) of 190W, powered via its PCI Express 3.0 connector and a pair of six-pin power sockets.

AMD has claimed that the board is designed with one purpose in mind: to play 'demanding PC games' at Full HD resolutions and with maximum detail settings 'better than any card in its class.' Just in case there was any doubt, the company used its 30 Years of Gaming and Graphics event at which the R9 285 was unveiled to explicitly call out its rival, stating that the board beats Nvidia's GTX 760 in all major games and benchmarks.

AMD's various board partners are due to launch their own interpretations of the R9 285 at the start of next month. While UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, AMD has set a $249 US recommended retail price - equating to around £174 excluding tax and £209 with VAT included. More details are available on the official AMD website.
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