updated 03:15 pm EDT, Sun August 24, 2014
Card sports the Tonga Pro GPU, set as a replacement for R9 280 at $249
During the AMD "30 Years of Gaming and Graphics" event that was streamed on Twitch yesterday, the company announced a new graphics card coming this fall. AMD announced that it would be releasing a replacement for the R9 280 with the Tonga Pro-based R9 285. The company positions the new card as a mid-level offering for $249.
The Tonga Pro-powered card is said to be created as a gaming product, and as such it is supposed to be pushed to the maximum settings in games. The R9 285 contains 1,792 streaming processors, 112 texture units, boost clock up to 918MHz and performance up to 3.29 teraflops. The new card offers 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with a 256-bit memory bus and 5.5GHz memory clock. Currently, the base block speed of the graphics card is unknown.
While the specs are actually lower in some areas than the card it is replacing, the cost is $40 less with better support for future AMD technologies and a lower power requirement. Six-pin power is required from two plugs, but the R9 285 sees a typical board power of 190W. By comparison, the R9 280 was closer to 250W. The R9 285 also has one less gigabyte of RAM and 15MHz less on the engine boost clock.
Mantle, AMD TrueAudio and DirectX 12 are all supported by the new card, with some existing games utilizing technology through the card. Thief, Battlefield 4 and Star Citizen already support Mantle, with Thief also lending support to TrueAudio. New games supporting Mantle and TrueAudio are said to be upcoming, but weren't named during the cast.
The new card is going to be offered on September 2, with a number of partners releasing cards on the same day.