I haven't talked much about performance because that's something that I would personally like to look at, before passing judgement. AMD has burnt users with the bragging rights over Fury X, but I think the R9 Nano is a card that is much closer to reality.
AMD is in a position where if it markets this card right, and can get it into smaller gaming PCs, we could see a big splash from the R9 Nano. We're just about to enter the world of consumer VR headsets, where people will want to have gaming PCs in their living rooms that are capable of delivering 1080p at 90FPS or more. This level of performance is something that the R9 Nano is capable of providing.
Second, Steam Machines are due in November. If AMD can once again position itself, with enough cards to sell, this is going to be a big deal for the company. AMD has struggled against NVIDIA over the last two years, with NVIDIA just one-two punching them constantly. The launch of the Fury X and the R9 390X was not enough to stop NVIDIA, and while the R9 Nano won't stop NVIDIA's onslaught either, it is offering gamers a card that NVIDIA simply do not have right now.
NVIDIA has no card that is close to the size of the R9 Nano and while the GTX 950 is close, it's not close enough. AMD still has various issues to sort out: its marketing, and its driver team. We have only had a couple of good drivers from AMD in the last year or so that have been WHQL certified, whereas NVIDIA are constantly releasing new WHQL-signed drivers.
But the Radeon R9 Nano is a step in the right direction. Let's just hope that our exclusive story on there only being 30,000 HBM-based cards released this year not be true, and that AMD is capable of pumping out a huge number of R9 Nano cards for gamers across the world. Expect our full review of the AMD Radeon R9 Nano in the next week or so.
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