AMD Nano Starts Shipping To Retailers , Performance Benchmarks Leak

A few days ago, Dr Lisa Su told investors that “we will be launching Nano in the August timeframe” , no solid date was known . Now sources are reporting that the compact AMD Radeon R9 Nano has started to ship to retailers. A Korean blog has also posted pictures of the upcoming mini-card and has also published some benchmarks .

When compared with the previous AMD flagship : The Radeon R9 290X , AMD claimed 2x Perf/Watt improvement in the R9 Nano.  This should mean that the R9 Nano will offer similar performance to the Radeon R9 290X at around half the power draw.

The Korean tech blog expands published the official footnotes from an AMD slide (see below). These notes detail PC systems which are running the Unigine Heaven Benchmark . According to the text, the Nano has an efficiency of 0.152 fps/Watt in the 4K benchmark(3840×2160 resolution, extreme present, 0xAA) whereas the R9 290X has an efficiency of 0.076 fps/Watt. A simple calculation (0.152 x 175) provides the following frame rate score for the Nano: 26.6fps.


A quick look at the specs of the AMD’s current HBM cards and the 290x )


Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon R9 Nano Radeon R9 Fury Radeon R9 290X
Fiji XT Fiji XT Fiji Pro Hawaii XT
Stream Processors 4096 4096 3584 2816
GCN Compute Units 64 64 56 44
Render Output Units 64 64 64 64
Texture Mapping Units 256 256 224 176
GPU Frequency 1050Mhz 890Mhz 1000 MHz 1000Mhz
Memory Interface 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit 512bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz 500Mhz 500Mhz 1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 512GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 320GB/s
Cooling Liquid, 120mm Radiator Air, Single Axial Fan Air, Custom AIB Solutions Air, Single Blower Fan
Performance (SPFP) 8.6 TFLOPS 7.3 TFLOPS 7.2 TFLOPS 5.6 TFLOPS
TDP 275W 175W 275W 250W
Power Connectors Dual 8-Pin 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin 6+8 Pin
GFLOPS/Watt 31.3 42 (TBC) 26.2 22.4
Launch Price $649 TBA $549 $549
Launch Date June 24 2015 August 2015 July 10 2015 October 24 2013


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Suvoparno Banerjee

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