AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review, 10% faster than the GTX 980

September 12, 2015

Its been a couple of days since AMD Radeon new graphics card launch and a lot are waiting for AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review. Well the first reviews of the graphics card was done my major tech sites over the internet. Who had access to them soon after the release of it, as its a very costly card we will not able to do a hand on review but we will provide you the info from Top Tech sites. We know that AMD Radeon R9 Nano is the latest entry in the lineup of” Fiji “based graphics card. The new Radeon R9 Nano make use of the latest HBM(High Memory Bandwidth) architecture and is very compact in size compared to other main stream high end graphics card.

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Read More: AMD launches Radeon R9 Nano ” Fiji XT” Graphics Card

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 Review and Performance results from Top Tech Sites:

The AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review has done by the following tech sites and you can see them in the following links :


Summarizing all the Reviews:

Reading all the reviews we I summarized that its true that AMD Radeon R9 Nano is undoubtedly the fastest Mini-ITX graphics card available around the globe. Well 10% faster than the GTX 980 at 4K Resolution Gaming. But the interesting part is that it doesn’t defeat its own family member the Radeon R9 Fury X. Yeah right the Radeon R9 Nano is 5% slower than the Radeon R9 Fuxy X at both 2K and 4K Resolution. Other graphics even have better design and better coolers which allow them to adjust higher load temperatures and better clock frequencies which R9 Nano is not capable of because of its Micro-ATX design. Radeon R9 Fury X sells at $ 549 US is 5% faster than the Radeon R9 Nano at same Resolutions which sells at $649 US and 10% faster than the GTX 980 which sells at $ 499 US. Buying Radeon R9 Nano will be hard choice for Gamers because even if its faster than the GTX 980 the cooling solution, design and price which is too overpriced will prevent Gamers from buying it except if Radeon comes up with new cooler design and better price. According to the discussions going around on Tech forum most people were disappointed by the price tag of Radeon R9 Nano and decided to wait for Nvidia’s GTX 980Ti which is expected to be around the same price point as R9 Nano.




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Mohammad Asfandyar

Mohammad Asfandyar is a Computer Geek who has great love for Computer and Technology. Currently doing Bachelor’s in Science in Software Engineering from Im|Sciences Peshawar. He is passionate writer and Senior Editor at Diary Inc, He covers all the topics related to Computer and Technology. Beside from this he is an Enthusiastic Individual who has great love for Information and Tecnology. And is a Hardcore Gamer plus Sketcher

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