AMD Radeon R9 285 – $229
The AMD Radeon R9 285 is AMD’s most recent entry to the market and is designed to be more of a mid-range card and is supposed to help consumers get a great bang for their buck. We reviewed the Sapphire R9 285, but the cheapest one available is XFX’s which costs $229 a fairly competitive price. We’ve heard of some R9 285’s getting rebates that take them under $199, but those are rebates and limited time offers and we want to guide you towards the best sure deals, not rebates which are a maybe or a possibly deal. At $229, the R9 285 delivers a level of performance and efficiency that many would expect from a much more expensive card. But thanks to AMD’s price cuts and Nvidia’s new cards the R9 285 is a pretty affordable card. Yes, you can spend and extra $100 to get an R9 290X, but that’s very likely going to be a $100 that people looking to buy an R9 285 can’t afford since its a 50% price jump. So, for the money and the price slot the R9 285 is a great value.