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#1 Bosco

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:23 PM

Tonight Frank takes a look at the Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC Video Card.

 

Read the review here:

 

http://www.overclock...pact_r9_285_oc/


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 03:56 AM

As always brother awesome review...

 

I am particularly proud to see us produce this card. I have been fighting for an ITX board design since I came on to Sapphire and our engineers did it right.  I know AMD is pushing this card to do 1440, and it can, but to me the real market for this is 1080 play at high detail. The card is designed for HTPC, Steam Box or LAN PCs all of which tend to be used with a 1080 display either as a TV or a small, portable monitor. At 1080 this card is fantastic with a great play experience and no need to compromise on detail.  Plus as you point out it can be used for just someone that wants to cut the desk space needs :-)


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 04:08 AM

As always brother awesome review...

I am particularly proud to see us produce this card. I have been fighting for an ITX board design since I came on to Sapphire and our engineers did it right. I know AMD is pushing this card to do 1440, and it can, but to me the real market for this is 1080 play at high detail. The card is designed for HTPC, Steam Box or LAN PCs all of which tend to be used with a 1080 display either as a TV or a small, portable monitor. At 1080 this card is fantastic with a great play experience and no need to compromise on detail. Plus as you point out it can be used for just someone that wants to cut the desk space needs :-)

ComputerEd, right? :cheers:

I am glad to see more ITX friendly designs on the market!
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Posted 09 September 2014 - 04:17 AM

As always brother awesome review...

 

I am particularly proud to see us produce this card. I have been fighting for an ITX board design since I came on to Sapphire and our engineers did it right.  I know AMD is pushing this card to do 1440, and it can, but to me the real market for this is 1080 play at high detail. The card is designed for HTPC, Steam Box or LAN PCs all of which tend to be used with a 1080 display either as a TV or a small, portable monitor. At 1080 this card is fantastic with a great play experience and no need to compromise on detail.  Plus as you point out it can be used for just someone that wants to cut the desk space needs :-)

:cheers:

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 04:49 AM

Cool, seems cooler temp wise than the full size card xD

 

BTW the powercolor review photo of the gpuz screenshot on setup page gives an error when clicking on it(wanted to compare clocks).

 

"Error:

Image "285%20oc" Not Found
Please verify again."


Edited by DanTheGamer11, 09 September 2014 - 04:50 AM.

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 06:30 AM

Nice!



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:06 AM

Yup that's me, Computer Ed is no more. The show went off the air a few weeks ago due to my work with Sapphire no longer leaving me time to do a weekly show.


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:26 AM

Yup that's me, Computer Ed is no more. The show went off the air a few weeks ago due to my work with Sapphire no longer leaving me time to do a weekly show.

I miss listening to the show. :(

 

However, it's great that you're working with Sapphire. I'm liking where Sapphire's heading. The same with Cooler Master (in regards to getting feedback from the community about their incoming products via CM Advisor).



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:45 AM

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Edited by WARDOZERX, 20 September 2014 - 01:49 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 11:26 AM

Wow that sucker is TINY!

 

I love tiny cards with alot to prove and this does not disappoint!

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

Cool, seems cooler temp wise than the full size card xD

 

BTW the powercolor review photo of the gpuz screenshot on setup page gives an error when clicking on it(wanted to compare clocks).

 

"Error:

Image "285%20oc" Not Found
Please verify again."

Repaired link! 


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:18 PM

Tbh, title got my hopes up as seeing ITX in there made me think we had a new low profile champion because THAT would be a true ITX card. This shoulda been called a 285C ( for compact ).

 

Great performance in a smaller PCB though I still wish it was 1/2 height.

 

Wardozerx, I understand your point and appreciate it. The issue at hand is the size of the cooler. A decent gaming chip needs a certain level of cooling and going down to half height and short length would remove to much in the way of cooling potential to allow the use of a solid gaming GPU. However I like a challenge and so have begun a discussion with our engineering team to see what the biggest GPU we could put on such a card would be to see if it could be viable.


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