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I won an R9-285 (Tonga)

MAXXHEW
Level 7
So I was watching the AMD Twitch Stream the other day. They were livestreaming Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare... and some of their tech people were doing a Q&A at the same time. I decided to send them an Origin "friend request" so I could play against/with them during their stream, they accepted. Well I was gaming with them for about an hour and then they started talking about a contest for a giveaway of a new R9-285, all we had to do was send out some Tweet about why we use AMD hardware... I sent my Tweet. Next thing I know my Twitter starts getting loud with retweets, then @AMDRadeon and some other gamer type people started to follow me... I was like WTF? Then I got the Tweet... I had won it. Anyways, how reliable will the card be since it is so new? Will there be driver issues or whatnot? If my rig is stable now... should I wait to install the 285 until I am certain it will not blackscreen me... I don't feel like removing drivers just for nothing. https://twitter.com/AMDRadeon/status/512365622920237056
http://www.twitch.tv/amd/c/5143305
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ConkersGrillfor
Level 9
I don't think you will encounter some issues with stability. R9 285 is a decent card from AMD, although it's settled between R9 280 and R9 280X, it has some nice features like DX12 and Mantle on board.
Which components has your current rig? CPU, GPU,...?
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MAXXHEW
Level 7
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MAXXHEW wrote:
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Okay 😄
R7 260X in Crossfire perform pretty much the same as a single R9 285.

I would say, now you have two options:
Option 1: Replace your R7 260X CF with the R9 285, because it has more feature support and better single card performance.
Option 2: Sell all three cards and buy one high-end card, I would suggest R9 290 or GTX 970.
😉
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MAXXHEW
Level 7
New R9-285 SAPPhIRE Dual-X OC version installed and works great.
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