Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC Overview
Taking a closer look at the card we see the Dual-X cooling system, which is nothing new from Sapphire. What is new is the purple accents on the cooler shroud. This is a step away from pretty much every company using red accents on their cards.
The Dual-X cooling system as the name suggests is made up of two fans. These fans sit on top of an aluminum fin stack that has features four copper heatpipes. There are Dual-X logos on both of the fans.
Looking at the sides of the card we can see that this is a dual-slot card. On one side we can see the large heatpipes coming out from the center. On the opposite side we have the power connectors, Sapphire logo and BIOS switch button. This card is powered by dual 6pin PCI-Express power connectors.
On the rear of the card we have four display outputs, these include two DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. As I mentioned in the intro of this review you will be able to connect 4 displays using all of outputs.
Flipping the card over there is not much to see, but Sapphire is using a black PCB, which I do prefer over blue.
To take a closer look at the cooling solution I went ahead and removed it. This can be done by simply removing 4 screws from the back of the card. Once removed we can see all four heatpipes and that they are two different sizes. One heatpipe actually extends and goes out to the end of the card.
Here we have the 28 nm Tonga silicon. It is surrounded by eight memory chips. Sapphire is using ELPIDA memory chips here. If you remember this card will feature 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.