Sunday, July 30th 2017

AMD Announces the Radeon RX Vega Nano

AMD had two press days over the weekend to cover a whole bunch of announcements- Ryzen Threadripper, RX Vega, Vega Pro and more. They provided details galore on the Vega microarchitecture, and the two RX Vega versions. Well, make that three now. AMD at Capcaicin SIGGRAPH 2017 also announced and showed off the RX Vega Nano.

Raja Koduri, Senior Vice-president of AMD's Radeon Technology Group, came up on stage minutes ago and handed over one of the very few working samples of this new card to Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and Unreal Engine. The RX Vega Nano is an update to the R9 Nano from 2015 which was based off AMD's "Fiji" microarchitecture and was the then king of efficiency and small form factor support. We were only just talking about how RX Vega missed an opportunity with HBM2 to provide another mITX GPU and looks like AMD agreed.
This RX Vega Nano appears to share a common base with the RX Vega 64 Limited Edition in that it sports a silver aluminum shroud, but has a single large axial fan vs the blower fan in the latter. It also appears to have the same single row of I/O- 3x fullsize DisplayPort and 1x HDMI- and the entire card is estimated at ~5-6" in length based on a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation. We are also not sure if the packaging for the card will include what appears to be a sealed hard case with foam inserts, and we will share any new information as and when we get them.

Update: We have a few more images courtesy smallformfactor. net which confirm the I/O ports but also clarifies a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and no backplate (at least on this sample).

Source: Smallformfactor.net
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18 Comments on AMD Announces the Radeon RX Vega Nano

#1
Chaitanya
Interesting addition, considering old Nano card was really unique and sold well this might as well.
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#2
Totally
Interesting, considering how much empty pcb there is on the full size Vega cards. I hope there might not be any difference functionally between the two.
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#3
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
They had to do a Nano. That was one of the main reasons why they pursued Fiji and HBM in the first place. Like Fiji Nano, it will probably be the best bang for the space it occupies.
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#4
XiGMAKiD
I hope it doesn't whine as bad as previous Nano, better yet no (audible) whine at all
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#5
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Considering not much likely changed as far as the PCB is concerned, I think the lessons learned with Fiji Nano will carry over to Vega Nano. Whine shouldn't be a problem on the majority of products.
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#6
FrustratedGarrett
Sweeny is a Nvidia guy; why did they invite him? How low is that company gonna sink? Also, how many presentations are we gonna get before they release their overhyped under-performing late product?
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#7
Slomo4shO
Considering that there are 1070 in ITX form factor, the Vega Nano will no longer occupy it's own niche. Wonder if it will still be priced absurdly high...
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#8
Sempron Guy
Slomo4shO said:
Considering that there are 1070 in ITX form factor, the Vega Nano will no longer occupy it's own niche. Wonder if it will still be priced absurdly high...
most likely a tad cheap or bit expensive than the RX Vega 64 that it's based on like what happened with the Fury X and R9 Nano.
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#9
chaosmassive
put it in console sized case like fractal design
and there you have it, next gen console for few years ahead...
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#11
ZoneDymo
seronx said:
Image #2 will haunt me forever.
https://www.techpowerup.com/img/W1wVJ8vnKtpvF6ty.jpg
One of the companies should use it as an image on their version of the Nano and call it the Nano Epic Edition :P

I do love mr Sweeny and have all the respect in the world for him but man, he always looks like he has down syndrome :P
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#12
Absolution
FordGT90Concept said:
They had to do a Nano. That was one of the main reasons why they pursued Fiji and HBM in the first place. Like Fiji Nano, it will probably be the best bang for the space it occupies.
But the Nano was the full chip. Is this going to be the full chip too?

If not then its probably not going to be that popular.

Also, note the GTX 1080 Mini is something that exists with virtually no performance loss over a standard GTX 1080.

Lets hope AMD lets AIB's do their own cooling with the Vegas
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#13
Gasaraki
This or the 1080Ti nano. Tough choice.
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#14
Steevo
FrustratedGarrett said:
Sweeny is a Nvidia guy; why did they invite him? How low is that company gonna sink? Also, how many presentations are we gonna get before they release their overhyped under-performing late product?
I see your frustrated. Perhaps you should log off and play some games instead of thread crapping. Maybe benchmark some to reaffirm how much better you are than everyone else.
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#15
Slomo4shO
Sempron Guy said:
most likely a tad cheap or bit expensive than the RX Vega 64 that it's based on like what happened with the Fury X and R9 Nano.
Considering that the R9 Nano was slower than the R9 Fury, Vega Nano will likely performe worst than a Vega 56 which will put it in the performance range of a GTX 1070. It would be foolish to price it above the 1070 ITX that has been on the market for over a year...
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#16
lexluthermiester
Steevo said:
I see your frustrated. Perhaps you should log off and play some games instead of thread crapping. Maybe benchmark some to reaffirm how much better you are than everyone else.
You thought that was clever, didn't you...
Slomo4shO said:
Considering that the R9 Nano was slower than the R9 Fury, Vega Nano will likely performe worst than a Vega 56 which will put it in the performance range of a GTX 1070. It would be foolish to price it above the 1070 ITX that has been on the market for over a year...
That might be an assumption. The 1070 ITX is a good card though.
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#17
HD64G
225W max board power there I see. Interesting. Let's see the clocks and performace on this baby. Price will be close to Vega 64 imho.
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#18
BiggieShady
FrustratedGarrett said:
Sweeny is a Nvidia guy;
Oh come on, as the creator of Unreal Engine his job is to optimize for all architectures ... The new radeon gpu profiler is out and giving vega to Sweeney to play with latest UE beta is a good thing ... and good marketing
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