I absolutely love building Mini-ITX gaming rigs. Every time I build a new Lunchbox (what I call our LAN rigs), I try to make them smaller and faster. Either of those along can be a challenge, but trying to constantly pack a faster rig into a small can be a huge challenge. Thankfully recently motherboard manufactures, video card manufactures, and heatsink manufactures have taken notice and have started to make things easier. With the launch of the R9 285 Sapphire jumped into that same market with their first Mini-ITX focused video card. With their focus on attending LANs this wasn’t a huge shock. What was surprising was the fact they went with the new R9 285 when MSI has the R9 270 and GTX 760. I have no doubt that the ITX Compact R9 285 will outperform the other Mini-TX cards, heck we proved that live at our LAN last weekend. Power usage and heat are also important in small form factor builds, I can’t wait to see how well it will perform.  

Product Name: Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285

Review Sample Provided by: Sapphire

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes



Display Support

4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support


1 x HDMI (with 3D)

2 x Mini-DisplayPort

1 x Dual-Link DVI-I


918 MHz Core Clock

28 nm Chip

1792 x Stream Processors

Video Memory

2048 MB Size

256 -bit GDDR5

5500 MHz Effective


171(L)X110(W)X35(H) mm Size.

2 x slot


Driver CD



DVI to VGA Adapter

Mini-DP to DP Cable

HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)

1 x 8 Pin to 6 Pin x2 Power adaptor


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35662 12 Sep 2014 21:08
Some of you had the chance to check this card out at the LAN, Chad even was able to game on it all weekend. Now check out the official test results!

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