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XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition OC Review

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DX11: Battlefield 4

In Battlefield 4, players step into the role of a U.S. Marines named Recker who leads a special operations unit called ‘Tombstone’. While the single-player campaign offers a unique and exciting storyline, BF4 truly shine with a new 64-player online multiplayer mode with large spacious maps.

The graphics engine behind Battlefield 4 is called Frostbite 3, which offers more realistic environments with higher resolution textures and next-generation particle effects. A first-time ‘networked water’ fluid system allows players in the game to see the same wave at the same time. Tessellation has also been improved since Frostbite 2 in BF3.

AMD graphics cards are optimized for Battlefield 4 using AMD’s Mantle API that enables a boost in performance.

Using Fraps to record frame rates, our Battlefield 4 benchmark test uses a three-minute capture on the ‘Baku’ stage where Recker is handed the tactical binoculars. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to most large maps with the same video settings.

Battlefield-4-Video-Graphics-Quality-Settings

  • BattleField 4
    • Settings: Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 70, 180-second Fraps Scene

Battlefield-4_DX11_BenchmarkBattlefield 4 Benchmark Test Results

Graphics Card Radeon R9 270X Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX760 GeForce GTX680 Radeon HD7970 Radeon R9 285 GeForce GTX780 Radeon R9 290 Radeon R9 290X
GPU Cores 1280 1792 1152 1536 2048 1792 2304 2560 2816
Core Clock (MHz) 1030 850 980 1006 925 975 863 947 1000
Shader Clock (MHz) 1120 Boost N/A 1033 Boost 1058 Boost N/A N/A Boost 902 N/A N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1400 1250 1502 1502 1375 1450 1502 1250 1250
Memory Amount 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit 512-bit


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3 comments

  1. Mugatu

    How is this card beating a GTX 780 in BF4 @ 1920×1200?? There is no way.

    1. Olin Coles

      I merely test the product, and post the results. If I had to explain why one performed better than another, it would begin with how AMD co-developed BF4 and optimized it to play with their Radeon graphics cards (as opposed to NVIDIA working on BF3), and then end with how Radeon R9 285 nearly matched performance on rare occasion with GeForce GTX 780 in two other tests. Overall though, GTX 780 is considerably more powerful than R9 285.

  2. Xantosh

    Is it true you can quad crossfire these (due to Bridgless crossfire) and how would even 2 or 3 of these compare to say a 4gb (or even 3.5gb lol) video card, because my board is capable of x16 x16 x4 (with a power stabilization buckle)

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