AMD Announces Radeon R9 Nano 6-in Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2015 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: radeon, r9 nano, R9, amd

On stage at the AMD E3 2015 press conference, AMD's CEO Lisa Su announced the Radeon R9 Nano, a 6-in PCB small form factor graphics card that will feature "2x the performance per watt of the R9 290X" as well as "significantly" more performance than the R9 290X.

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We are looking for more information but because its branded R9 I don't know for sure if it's Fiji or Hawaii. I would assume that the advantages of HBM for form factor and power efficiency would tell us it uses AMD latest GPU in some cut down variation.

Availability later this summer.

UPDATE:  Sources on the scene confirm it is Fiji powered!

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June 16, 2015 | 01:09 PM - Posted by Mobile_Dom


i was so happy when i saw this and then they said its available later in the sumer, i was excited, then they said pricing comes near then.

goddamnit AMD

June 16, 2015 | 01:20 PM - Posted by BillDStrong

I know, right? But the pricing for the other cards seems nice. The most expensive one is still, what, $100 cheaper than the 980 TI, and has 8.6 TF/s. Yeah, the news has been nice.

The conference was a bit stilted though.

June 16, 2015 | 01:21 PM - Posted by JohnGR

$650 Fury X
$550 Fury

Considering that AMD's GPUs are usually if not always better in the performance/dollar and the fact that 980Ti comes with 6GB RAM that it is a big marketing plus, I would say that Fury X is very close at 980Ti, if not faster, while Fury is much faster compared to 980 probably on higher resolutions.

June 16, 2015 | 01:49 PM - Posted by Dark_wizzie (not verified)

The Skyrim modder in me wants 6gb of vram though, not 4.

June 16, 2015 | 02:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

vram != hbu
because of the difference in the way these types of memory work, you wont need 6GB of it. 4GB is enough... we're not doing 8k graphics here.

June 16, 2015 | 02:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And that is misinformed bullshit, 4GB stays 4GB and once it is filled up and the swapping starts performance will tank.

June 16, 2015 | 02:50 PM - Posted by Dolan (not verified)

then stay with the one that got 6 Gb, this is not for you, simple.

June 16, 2015 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There are a lot of features which will reduce memory usage. Some of them are DX12 though, so you will not be able to take advantage of them with DX11 games. AMD has claimed to have done driver work, but we won't know for sure until we get benchmarks.

June 16, 2015 | 04:40 PM - Posted by Terry Suave (not verified)

Well, they did announce their new color compression a while ago and from what I understand, it will reduce memory use by ~20-25%. So no, it won't be more than 4 GB, but the reduced usage should allow for similar results to older-compression 5ish GB.

June 16, 2015 | 02:03 PM - Posted by Heavy (not verified)

this thing is soo fucking sexy

June 16, 2015 | 04:56 PM - Posted by Prodeous

"2x the performance per watt of the R9 290X" as well as "significantly" more performance than the R9 290X.

So if it is even at same performance but at 2x performance per. that would give 290x performance at 150w range? (r9 290x ~ 290w)

The "significantly" more performance then the R9 290x would work if they went back to the 290w range giving it 2x performance?

Or lets say 200w range and give it a 30% more performance..

Either way if true, AMD has returned to the playing field with a nice card indeed.

June 16, 2015 | 06:21 PM - Posted by Roshan kalyan (not verified)

"that would give 290x performance at 150w range"

what your missing is that that would be a single 6 pin card.
pretty much destroying the gtx 960 when it comes to power envelope. which means we are way more likely to see this insane amount of power in pre built systems.

hello new systems with only ~300w psu's and being able to game at 4k.

suddenly a lot of the products at computex this year made more sense

June 16, 2015 | 06:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


June 16, 2015 | 06:57 PM - Posted by remc86007

So is this more efficient than Maxwell? It seems like half the power consumption of a 290x plus any performance increase would be.

June 16, 2015 | 08:07 PM - Posted by remon (not verified)

Considering that Maxwell isn't as efficient as Nvidia is advertising it, due to different ways of measuring wattage, probably yes.

June 16, 2015 | 08:08 PM - Posted by remon (not verified)

If AMDs numbers are correct.

June 17, 2015 | 12:31 AM - Posted by Hakuren

Nice. Tiny VGA with gigantic horsepower. Now what we need is some waterblock and ... working drivers.

June 17, 2015 | 04:14 AM - Posted by DerekR (not verified)

Nano. I wonder if we can imply anything from the marketing name as to the price point. The name "nano" to me comes with an expectation of a cost effective card or smaller in price to the higher end offering.

If your Aunt couldn't afford to get you an expensive iPod for Christmas, what did she buy you? She bought a iPod Nano. It might be because Apple's marketing of Nano is stuck in my head, but I wonder if the Nano is going to be a $225 ~ $300 USD card. A 960/270X priced card with the performance greater than 980/290X. That would be insane and probably to good to be true. It could also hurt sales of AMD's 200 series cards.

The Nano could be a very good price per dollar contender.

June 18, 2015 | 04:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No HDMI 2.0 support, instant FAIL.

August 4, 2015 | 11:49 PM - Posted by Lisa Su (not verified)

Dear Anon,

If this troubles you so, you can purchase a DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 cable.

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