AMD R9 Nano Launched at US $649, Faster than GeForce GTX 980
AMD has finally launched their latest super-compact graphics card, the Radeon R9 Nano. According to the company, the card will be faster than NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980, and a whopping 30% faster than the GTX 970.
What’s more interesting about the R9 Nano is that it is marketed as “halo product,” which means that it is only available in its reference design – so basically targeted at SFF gaming PC builders.
Termed as the fastest Mini-ITX graphics card ever made, the Radeon R9 Nano is based on the full fat Fiji GPU core. Running on the 28nm HPX process, the 6-inch long card features 64 compute units and 4096 stream processors which is the same core count featured on the flagship R9 Fury X graphics card.
The card is equipped with 256 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units.
The Radeon R9 Nano comes with a total compute performance of 8.19 TFlops with its 1000 MHz engine clock compared to 8.6 TFlops of the Radeon R9 Nano with 1050 MHz engine clock. The clock speed for the R9 Nano is quite impressive given the package operates at thermal design power (TDP) of 175 Watts, which is 100W less than the Radeon R9 Fury X.
However, the Radeon R9 Nano is designed to offer higher performance-per-watt numbers compared to both the Radeon R9 290X and the Radeon R9 Fury X, which is a huge leap in power efficiency.
As for the memory, the card will feature the 4 GB HBM architecture that will be working at 500 MHz base, and 1 GHz effective clock rate, providing 512 GB/s bandwidth.
While the Fury X comes with a rubber surface, the R9 Nano sticks to a metal shroud with fully brushed aluminum finish. Moreover, it packs a lone, 92mm, single axial fan, along with a tiny heatsink. Unlike the Fury X, the top surface cannot be removed for modification.
On the back of the shroud, there is a single 8-Pin connector that powers the card. For display output, the card includes three Display Ports and a single HDMI connector.
As far the pricing is concerned, the Radeon R9 Nano will have the same price as the Radeon R9 Fury X, selling at $649 US. Considering the price to performance ratio of this card, it doesn’t seem to be aimed at the users of under the $400 market. So the R9 Nano definitely isn’t going to affect sales of the GTX 970, R9 290X, or even the GTX 980.