If you’re an old-timer in the DIY PC scene, you’ll surely remember the brand HIS. We’ll have a look at how their IceQ XÂ² cooler performs on the R9 285 GPU.
Before that, let’s have a look at the packaging – wowzers! Unlike other graphic card boxes, the one from HIS is packed vertically.
Here’s the box content, the beautiful IceQ XÂ² cooler is visible through the anti-static bag.
And so this is the graphic card, the IceQ XÂ² cooler looks great but what I didn’t like was that HIS slapped an ugly sticker right at the corner (refer to first image, and the image above), what a way to ruin the beautifully designed cooling system.
Get this, I spent a little over 5 minutes just to remove the sticker. It took less than 30 seconds to remove the initial layer of the sticker, with the remainder of the time spend to remove the stubborn adhesive left behind. Arrgghhh. The card does look a lot better with the sticker removed, isn’t it?
Seriously HIS, I’ve used many brands over the years and NONE of them placed an “OC” sticker on the shroud. It’s just plain ugly, when the blue sticker doesn’t blend well with the black & silver themed heatsink shroud.
OK, so design bashing aside, I love the appearance of the graphic card and I do see quite some modding potential here. From the top you’ll see that the PCB is actually quite short and the heatsink extends far beyond the length of the PCB. Note also that the R9 285 uses 2x 6pin PCI-E power connector instead of 8+6 like most R9 cards, some R9 280X cards use 8+8 pins.
One thing that HIS could consider improving is the way the cables are visible, it’s rather unsightly.
Here’s the view from the back, a black PCB with a small plate holding the mounting points.
Lastly comes the output ports.
Here’s the GPU-Z info for the card.
Confused yet? The R9 285 has a higher model number than the R9 280X but it has much lower fillrate and memory bandwidth.
More details at the official product page.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4670K|
|RAM||Kingston HyperX 2x 4GB DDR3 2400Mhz Kit|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3|
|Cooler||NZXT Kraken X31|
|Power Supply||FSP AURUM S 600W|
|Operating System||Windows 8 Pro 64bit|
Here we go!
Unigine Heaven 4.0
|HIS Radeon R9 285||50.4|
|Sapphire Radeon R9 280X||58.4|
|ASUS STRIX GTX 970||77.2|
Metro Last Light
|HIS Radeon R9 285||53.0|
|Sapphire Radeon R9 280X||55.0|
|ASUS STRIX GTX 970||78.5|
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – 1920×1080
|HIS Radeon R9 285||81.68|
|Sapphire Radeon R9 280X||82.03|
|ASUS STRIX GTX 970||114.07|
The R9 285 performs very well despite being inferior on specifications, its performance hovers between the R9 280X and the R9 280 while consuming much less power.
Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.
Below is the full load details.
|HIS Radeon R9 285||44||64|
Here’s what the power draw of the card is like. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. Seeing that it’s a 90% power efficient PSU that I’m using on the rig, the actual power draw will be estimated on the right most column.
The R9 285 is reported to be at 190W TDP, much lower than the R9 280X’s 250W TDP and below is the power draw comparison between them.
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||219||197||241||216|
|Idle without GPU||36||33||36||33|
The HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ XÂ² OC is currently not available in Malaysia and the estimated price to be at RM 850. It’s a great card, that’s for sure. It runs cooler due to the reduced power consumption and the IceQ XÂ² cooling system could run at much lower RPM and still maintain good heat levels when in operation.
With the R9 280X being virtually extinct from the market, the R9 285 cards are the one that holds the fort at the RM 800 – 1000 bracket, with the R9 280 nearby (on the lower side) and the R9 290 on the upper side.