AMD is rumored to be working on a new "Tonga" GPU that's reportedly destined to replace existing Tahiti silicon in the Radeon R9 280 and 280X. The chip is also expected to power a new card, the R9 285, and there's some fresh evidence on that front. Videocardz has posted pictures of R9 285 cards from Sapphire, XFX, and HIS. A couple of those shots include box art that clearly reveals the Radeon model designation and its 2GB memory capacity.
Videocardz is confident that the R9 285 has a 256-bit memory interface. The site isn't sure about the number of shader ALUs, though, and there seems to be some doubt about clock speeds. Odds are card makers will offer variants with slightly different frequencies, anyway.
The pictured cards look fairly unremarkable. Each one is strapped to a different custom cooler that occupies dual slots and sports dual fans—nothing we haven't seen before. All the cards have the same port payload: DisplayPort, HDMI, and dual DVI. Although the power connectors aren't pictured, dual six-pin PCIe connectors are apparently on the menu.
Videocardz's sources haven't revealed the Radeon R9 285's price, but we probably won't have to wait too long to find out. Cards are expected to appear this month.
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