Detailed Photos of AMD Radeon R9 Nano Surface (Confirmed)

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2015 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: Radeon R9 Nano, radeon, r9 nano, hbm, graphics, gpu, amd

New detailed photos of the upcoming Radeon R9 Nano have surfaced, and Ryan has confirmed with AMD that these are in fact real.

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We've seen the outside of the card before, but for the first time we are provided a detailed look under the hood.

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The cooler is quite compact and has copper heatpipes for both core and VRM

The R9 Nano is a very small card and it will be powered with a single 8-pin power connector directed toward the back.

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Connectivity is provided via three DisplayPort outputs and a single HDMI port

And fans of backplates will need to seek 3rd-party offerings as it looks like this will have a bare PCB around back.

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We will keep you updated if any official specifications become available, and of course we'll have complete coverage once the R9 Nano is officially launched!

August 25, 2015 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Debasis (not verified)

We know "Good things come in small packages". Is this the one? Eagerly waiting for more info.

August 25, 2015 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now we need EK to make some wicked water blocks for this thing.

August 25, 2015 | 04:20 PM - Posted by Heavy (not verified)

it has 1 single 8 pin no point in using a custom waterblock unless you going for the look of it

August 25, 2015 | 04:51 PM - Posted by arbiter

could did that custom block with fury x, didn't need to wait this long for nano.

August 26, 2015 | 03:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Who said I was waiting for Nano? Who said I was planning on buying a Fury at all? Who said anything other than EK ought to make water blocks for the Nano?

Oh wait, it's arbiter. Never mind.

August 25, 2015 | 05:05 PM - Posted by John H (not verified)

1 8-pin still means 225W is within spec.. the nano is supposed to be a 175W card, so there's at least 50W of headroom.. which the air cooler attached might not be able to deal with.

Realistically though the 8pin can likely handle significantly more than that based upon some of the OCing going on out there. I would be a bit worried about the card trying to draw more than 75W from the motherboard though..

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August 25, 2015 | 05:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous31276 (not verified)

I want this to be great, but I'm thinking it will fall around a maxed out 390x in performance and cost substantially more due to limited availability.

Still might be worth it for true SFF cases.

August 25, 2015 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This in a Steam Box, and someone ask AMD about their Vulkan performance some poster at WCCF Tech linked to a Nvidia Vulkan demo video and it was very interesting to see Nvidia is all in with Vulkan. I'd imagine that AMD's DX12 gains will be echoed when there are some comparable AMD Vulkan demos. This bodes well for potential Steam OS performance with both Nvidia's and AMDs GPUs. It should be noted that the Vulkan demos where done under windows 10, and I hope that the Same level of Nvidia/AMD support for Vulkan will be included for windows 7, and 8.*, as well as Steam OS! With Vulkan support slated to be available by the end of 2015, things are looking up for those that will ignore any M$ OSs beyond 7, and the process of converting over to Steam OS for gaming will continue unabated! Gaming needs its own OS distro, with its code streamlined for gaming and not data harvesting, or ad pushing!

August 25, 2015 | 07:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I totally agree. Windows still need more competition, and it'd be nice to have a Free OS completely dedicated to gaming. Being able to build a gaming PC without having to shell out $100+ for Windows would dramatically change the PC gaming landscape.

August 25, 2015 | 07:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I totally agree. Windows still need more competition, and it'd be nice to have a Free OS completely dedicated to gaming. Being able to build a gaming PC without having to shell out $100+ for Windows would dramatically change the PC gaming landscape.

August 26, 2015 | 10:25 AM - Posted by renz (not verified)

before talking about steambox and AMD you need to ask AMD to add more personel to their linux division first and not firing them instead.

August 26, 2015 | 11:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes AMD needs to fire all their marketing executives, especially the ones that thought a line of 15 watt Carrizo APU parts was good enough to be branded for business usage, when the average Business user wants all the processing power that they can get in a laptop form factor! With all the HSA goodness that is beginning to be available for general purpose computation, Like spread sheet acceleration on the GPU, even on open source software packages like LibreOffice!

I can tell you this I have seen on YouTube videos the questions asked to a pair of AMD representatives at at trade show, where the one marketing executive made a total fool of himself and actually interfered with the other AMD representative who was an engineer, and that AMD engineer could very cogently explain/answer the question that was asked, while the AMD marketing person was at a failing high school level of confusion when even trying to express his disjointed thoughts! I was so embarrassed for AMD at that moment while watching the YouTube video!

Gut the marketing department, and hire more driver/software engineers, hire an affordable outside marketing consultant and get some quality retired Hardware/software engineering expertise for your AMD internal marketing department. There are plenty of retired, or even laid off engineers, that are older that will make for better marketing persons than some of the comm arts/marketing flunkeys that AMD currently employs.

August 25, 2015 | 06:42 PM - Posted by StephanS

AMD officially (at hot chip) tells us the Nano is about ~10% faster then the 290x.

The 4GB 290x sell for about ~$300 (USD) (often below, like $280 at places like neewegg and $200 on ebay)

The GTX 970 are about $350 (for the cute mini versions)... and from extrapolation we know those beat the nano at 1080p, and most likely be a match at 1440p. (And they are in stock)

But since nvidia hold the brand name, AMD need to undercut price even with equal performance to compete.

So the price potential of the Nano is maxed out at $330 MSRP.

Now, if AMD had invested in DX11 drivers the MSRP of the nano could have hit about $450 as it would go head to head with the GTX 980.

But as it stand now, in this market, its a $330 card at best.

To bad AMD value more VP bonuses then R&D...

August 27, 2015 | 03:30 AM - Posted by arbiter

nano is gonna be 2x that, 650$

August 25, 2015 | 08:19 PM - Posted by SRowe (not verified)

GPU's are shitting me in a way...

Why do they not ALL...every Single GPU,.. have a backplate as standard.?

Should be a industry standard for everything past the $90-100 mark.

August 25, 2015 | 08:44 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

It costs more to include a backplate on a part that most gamers will only see when installing it. My first gaming build didn't include a backplate (GTX 670) and my upgraded GPU (GTX 970) doesn't either as I was going for price/performance.

When I upgrade to a new Skylake build I'll spend extra to coordinate part colors and include a backplate on the GPU. But it's totally unnecessary on the stock GPUs.

August 25, 2015 | 11:32 PM - Posted by DamonJay (not verified)

Do we have confirmation there will be no aftermarket versions? I know we have only seen the OEM versions so far, but has AMD officially "locked it down" from 3rd party designs?

August 26, 2015 | 01:03 AM - Posted by Matman (not verified)

My pet peeve with all of these compact cards is the PCIE power connector is not recessed. On a unit designed to fit tight dimensions a recessed power connector would mean at least a 1/2 inch reduction in required clearance. Why would you not? But no-one does.

August 26, 2015 | 04:07 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Needs backplate ASAP.

August 26, 2015 | 05:50 AM - Posted by Mobile_Dom

Wyh do people want a backplate for this? is it purely for aesthetic reasons? i cant imagine needing to add one for stability reasons? i'm just rather confused.

August 26, 2015 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

because people don't understand what a backplate is for

August 26, 2015 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

because people don't understand what a backplate is for

August 27, 2015 | 07:39 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

It's true that you don't need it for supportive reasons in this particular case, because the card is so small and lightweight, but backplate is still always better than no backplate, because you should always remember that your card sits in your case with all of it's back components opened up (at least in majority of those cases which use standard orientation) and thus it's prone to collect dust and dirt way more, backplate doesn't only provide weight support for the PCB - it also provides protection from dust and dirt. And not all backplates are good at that, actually. It all depends on the design of a backplate itself, too. There are crappy backplates (like the one on the Anus Stinx R9 390X, for example) and there are great backplates (like the one on the GODLIKE Galaxy's 980 HOF). Either way, it's always better to have it than not.

August 26, 2015 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Don´t care about the price. I buy at least 1 maybe 2 AMD R9 Nano tomorrow.

I Just want the BEST GFX on this planet, that fits my needs. And of couse made by :

-- AMD, Leaders of the pack --

It looks like it will perform about the same, as and R9 290+/- under DX11, which is "now and past", but under DX12 "which is about now, and future" it turns into a true Beast, that actually WORKS - dig´it.)

August 27, 2015 | 12:04 AM - Posted by funandjam

If this latest article from Wccftech is true, then many people are going to be dissapointed, if not upset because it looks like this card is going to go for the same price as a full blown Fury X at a whopping $650!!!

August 27, 2015 | 03:32 AM - Posted by arbiter

Sadly if you think about it, Being a full fiji chip that price was very possible. Since its same chip as Fury X just under clocked it could been 600+$ easy like it looks like it will be.

August 27, 2015 | 04:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous31276 (not verified)

Even at 650 the hardcore itx crowds will buy them.

Probably what AMD is banking on

August 27, 2015 | 06:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

(if you want the bedst "ITX TITAN CARD EVER MADE", then you have to pay for it.! - just like a Titan, just MUCH cheaper, "and under DX11, it is better then the nvidia 980, but in DX12 it will actually WORKS better. dig`it.)



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