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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Quick look: AMD Radeon R9 Nano

1. Features

AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card back in June this year, which X uses a scaled-up GCN architecture and HBM memory for increased bandwidth and potential to build smaller cards, such as the R9 Nano we are taking a look at today. Looking at the specs of the Nano R9 card you can realize that it uses the full complement of Fiji cores available to the Fury X card. Not only does the R9 Nano feature a full-fat Fiji XT die, the core frequency, quoted as up to 1,000MHz is impressive for a 175W TDP.

  AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon R9 Fury AMD Radeon R9 Nano
Stream Processors 4096 3584 4096
Texture Units 256 224 256
ROPs 64 64 64
Boost Clock 1050MHz 1000MHz 1000MHz
Memory Clock 1Gbps HBM 1Gbps HBM 1Gbps HBM
Memory Bus Width 4096-bit 4096-bit 4096-bit
FP64 1/16 1/16 1/16
TrueAudio Y Y Y
Transistor Count 8.9B 8.9B 8.9B
Typical Board Power 275W 275W 175W
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
GPU Fiji Fiji Fiji
Price $649 $549 $649

The Radeon R9 Nano is in fact very close to the potential of the Fury X card; the only meaningful difference, from a performance point of view, appears to be a slightly reduced core speed.

But besides the performance potential, the advantage of the R9 Nano is its size, which allows it to easily fit into Mini ITX systems. AMD advertises the R9 Nano as a high-performing graaphics card for gamers who want a small-form-factor system. On paper it's also a good candidate for a deluxe Steam Box for the living room, though it lacks HDMI 2.0 so you may not be able to play games on your new 4K TV.

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