AMD launches Radeon R9 Nano – Faster than GTX 980

Yesterday AMD finally launched their latest Fiji GPU based graphics card, the Radeon R9 Nano. According to AMD it is termed as the most fastest Mini-ITX graphics card ever made to date. Based on Fiji Architecture GPU core having great performance and great efficiency and all that offered in such a small compact design, will mostly be targeted by Mini-ITX builds.

AMD Radeon R9 Nano – Specifications

The new Radeon R9 Nano is based on Fiji architecture GPU core and 28nm HPX process, the Radeon R9 Nano have 64 compute units which have 64 stream processors per CU, which are total of 4096 stream processors which is the same core count featured on the flagship R9 Fury X graphics card. Having 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 and 516 GFlops of FP64 compute due to Fiji not having required double precision hardware on board.


The Radeon R9 Nano runs at 1000 MHz which is quite impressive indeed because the total consumption is 175 watts which it 100 watts less than Radeon R9 Fuxy X which ran at 275watts. AMD claims Radeon R9 Nano will be more more performance and power efficient compared to both Radeon R9 290X and the Radeon R9 Fury X . Now here’s the scene, the Radeon R9 Nano has a total board power that is limited to 175W, pumped through a single 8-Pin connector. The GPU isn’t necessarily working at 1000 MHz all the time, the core clock can be optimized based on the needs of applications and games. The card will be operating at 75C at typical load and will lower when GPU hits 85C which is the thermal threshhold.

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For memory, the card will feature the 4 GB HBM architecture that is found on all Fiji based cards. The 4 GB HBM will be working at 500 MHz (1.00 GHz effective) clock rate that will be featured across a 4096-bit wide memory interface that pushes out 512 GB/s bandwidth. The HBM can be seen as one of the major reasons for the R9 Nano being so compact in design and having better performance per watt as HBM saves a good room of power requirements and space compared to traditional GDDR5 memory based cards. As was the case with Fury X and Fury, the HBM will not support modifications or overclocking support, officially. The card will be fully compatible with AMD technologies that include Freesync, VSR, Frame Target Control and fully support the DirectX 12 API which is a really good reason for everyone to be upgrading to newer cards with DX12 support underneath the hood.


AMD Radeon R9 Nano – Gaming Performance

The official graphs from AMD shows that the new Radeon R9  Nano is 30%  faster than the main stream Mini-ITX graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 in the latest demanding title. All the games were running at 4K(3840×2160) UHD Resolution. The main market of Mini-ITX includes GeForce GTX 960, Radeon R9 380X and GeForce GTX 970 Mini all these graphics cards are capable of running games at 1080p and 1440p but Radeon R9 Nano changed it to 4k which is quite impressive for a Mini-ITX graphics card.

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AMD Radeon R9 Nano – A detailed look at Mini-ITX GPU

Following images shows a detailed look and new features of the Mini-ITX GPU from AMD Radeon

AMD Radeon R9 Nano – Build for Mini-ITX Systems

With the advancement in Technology more and more small hardware components are coming for PC builds, this is where comes an ERA of Modern Mini-ITX Gaming machine. Yeah Mini-ITX Gaming machine because gamers always want a hardware which they can carry everywhere easily, There are many Mini-ITX case options and AMD has shown just a few examples to show the uniqueness of ITX setups with their Radeon R9 Nano graphics cards.


AMD Radeon R9 Nano – $ 649 US Price matching the Fury X

Yeah the new Radeon R9 Nano will sold for $ 948 US / unit which is quite very much for Mini-ITX builds where as the main stream Mini-ITX graphics card sells under $ 400 US.