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Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact v MSI GTX760 Gaming Mini ITX


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The Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact box artwork is the stuff of nightmares. Not the kind of chap you would want to meet in a dark alleyway at night.
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Sapphire have not left any stone unturned – the bundle is fantastic. They supply multiple video converter cables, including a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter. They also include a high grade HDMI 1.4a cable which is ideal for connection to a HDTV. Considering the Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact targets the HTPC market specifically, it is a welcome addition. Other extras include a mouse pad, literature, software disc, Sapphire branded case sticker and some power converter cables.
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The Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact Edition may be tiny, but it is still quite the looker – built around a black PCB with a black and silver two tone cooler. A large fan is positioned in the centre of the card. This is a dual slot card and it measures 171 x 110 x 35mm (LxWxH).
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The Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact Edition ships with a DVI-D, HDMI and two Mini DisplayPort connectors.
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The card demands power from a single 8 pin power connector. The R9 285 has bridgeless Crossfire support.
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The Sapphire button switches between UEFI BIOS and standard modes.
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Looking down on the card from the top, we can see the compact cooling system, with several thick copper heatpipes.
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The cooling system is hidden behind a metal plate – which offers active cooling for the 2GB of GDDR5 memory. There are 2 thick copper heatpipes which connect to the copper heatsink and they run into aluminum fins on either side. Sapphire are using Elpida GDDR5 memory.
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The R9 285 is built on the 28nm process. It has 64 ROPS, 112 texture units and 1,792 Stream processors. The 2GB of GDDR5 memory is connected via a 256 bit memory bus. The core is overclocked to 928mhz, and the memory is running at 1,375mhz (5.5Gbps effective).

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