High performance and small in size graphics card is undoubtedly the first choice for Mini-ITX small chassis platform, for now the choice is limited to only few candies. Sapphire recently unveiled a little bad boy for those chassis. Also a new Graphic Card from AMD side, equipped with Tonga Core named as R9 285. Model Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact , it is probably the most compact R9 285 Graphic card, if we compare it with different vendors’ cards.
Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact announced
Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact in length only 17cm long and 11cm in height. Dual-Slot card, but thick even we can easily mount this card in Mini-ITX chassis like Qiao Sibo V3. Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact is equipped with a single fan radiator, fan size is 10cm, from photos I have seen that there are total four heat pipes for cooling. Power supply interface, compared with double 6pin, 8pin turn comes a single dual 6pin power supply cable, the display output interface includes two Mini DP, one HDMI and one DVI (available adapter for VGA interface) output to meet the requirements of different display devices.
In terms of specifications of Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact. The card is equipped with the same frequency as the reference version has. Core frequency up to 928MHz, memory data frequency is 5.5GHz, configure 256-bit 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory.
Needs mentioning, sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact card also features a dual BIOS design, one is the traditional graphics card BIOS, the other is based on UEFI GOP-driven UEFI-Ready BIOS, we can say that this is the product which will be followed for a long time.