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 XRadeon R9 NanoRadeon R9 FuryRadeon R9 290X
Fiji XTFiji XTFiji ProHawaii XT
Stream Processors4096409635842816
GCN Compute Units64645644
Render Output Units64646464
Texture Mapping Units256256224176
GPU Frequency1050Mhz890Mhz1000 MHz1000Mhz
Memory Interface4096bit4096bit4096bit512bit
Memory Frequency500Mhz500Mhz500Mhz1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed1Gbps1Gbps1Gbps5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth512GB/s512GB/s512GB/s320GB/s
CoolingLiquid, 120mm RadiatorAir, Single Axial FanAir, Custom AIB SolutionsAir, Single Blower Fan
Performance (SPFP)8.6 TFLOPS7.3 TFLOPS7.2 TFLOPS5.6 TFLOPS
Power ConnectorsDual 8-Pin8-PinDual 8-Pin6+8 Pin
GFLOPS/Watt31.342 (TBC)26.222.4
Launch Price$649TBA$549$549
Launch DateJune 24 2015August 2015July 10 2015October 24 2013


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Suvoparno Banerjee

Student , Gamer , Blogger , Audiophile .

Suvoparno Banerjee
News Reporter
Student , Gamer , Blogger , Audiophile .
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