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AMD Radeon R9 Nano Preview - Fiji and HBM Go Under the Shrink Ray

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 12:18 pm

AMD's Radeon R9 Nano is Nearly as Quick as the Fury X

 

Boasting the full Fiji GPU, 4GB of HBM, and the same display output configuration, the R9 Nano is an incredibly powerful offering from AMD. While AMD's marketing is strangely comparing it against the R9 290X, and not the new 390X, the company is showing that its new card is better than a card that is nearly two years old now.

 

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But all-in-all, the R9 Nano is an incredible achievement for AMD, showing off the true potential of High Bandwidth Memory - giving us the ability of super-small, but super-powerful video cards.

 

 

The AMD Radeon R9 Nano features the same 4096 stream processors as the Fury X, and the same 4096-bit memory bus with 4GB of HBM on-board, which makes it a very quick video card and something that shouldn't fall too far behind the Fury X.

 

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The new R9 Nano is 40% shorter than the R9 290X with it measuring in at just six inches long. The Fiji-powered R9 Nano is 30% faster than the Hawaii-based R9 290X, is 20C cooler than the R9 290X, and reaches just 75C 'target operating temperature' under load.

 

 

175W TDP FTW

 

One of the biggest improvements that the R9 Nano has over the R9 Fury X and the R9 290X is in the performance-per-watt part of the card. Thanks to HBM, the R9 Nano has a TDP of just 175W. Compare this to the 290W of the 290X, this is a huge saving in power consumption.

 

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AMD has provided 2x the performance-per-watt, and 2x the performance density of the R9 290X in the R9 Nano, which is quite the achievement.

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