AMD teases a pint-sized Radeon RX Vega Nano

Many gerbils have read about AMD's three-pronged launch of its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The linup consists of the entry-level RX Vega 56, an air-cooled RX Vega 64, and a range-topping water-cooled RX Vega 64. A fourth member of the RX Vega family is also on the way, and this youngest member will also be the smallest. AMD was tight-lipped about the Radeon RX Vega Nano, but we know that it's coming and what it'll look like when it arrives.

What we do know is that the card has the same barely-longer-than-a-16x-PCIe-slot dimensions as the Fiji-based Radeon R9 Nano from mid-2015. The card will share the same boxy design as its RX Vega brethren, but trades away the centrifugal fan for a larger-diameter axial spinner. The example shown on stage sported a silver aluminum shroud with a red Radeon R in the corner. AMD didn't formally announce the layout of the port cluster, but the unit that Raja Koduri gave to Unreal creator Tim Sweeney appeared to have the same set of three DisplayPorts and single HDMI jack as the other Vega cards.

The company hasn't said whether the Nano card has the full arsenal of 4096 stream processors present in the Vega 64, or if it has the Vega 56's more limited count of 3584. Clock speeds for the core and the memory were equally absent. Given how tight-lipped this little reveal was, it should come as no surprise that there's currently no word on retail pricing or a shipping date for the Radeon RX Vega Nano.

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    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    Make it a smaller Vega GPU (Vega 20 I guess) that has half the resources, uses half the power and sells for half the price, and you’ve got my attention.

    Make it unobtainium like the Fury Nano, and you’ve got meh.

      • Demetri
      • 2 years ago

      You pretty much described an RX 570.

        • deruberhanyok
        • 2 years ago

        I said half the power though 🙂

          • Demetri
          • 2 years ago

          RX 570 = 150W TDP
          RX Vega64 = 295W TDP

          Resources are exactly half; die size is pretty close to half.

            • deruberhanyok
            • 2 years ago

            It was a joke. About power use being high on the Radeon cards.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I wonder if the Furry X sold well enough to make a sequel worth it.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    The “cool and tiny” card that takes more juice than a 1080. Nope.

      • noko
      • 2 years ago

      The original Nano took the same power as a 980 and outperformed it out of the box. It will OC well if cooled well and perform up to a stock Fury X. If Vega Nano is even close it would be a very potent little package. Original Nano noise was actually rather good, way better then any blower card.

    • Demetri
    • 2 years ago

    Vega56 TDP tells me power consumption can be reasonable as long as you take it easy on the clocks and voltage. Keeping this well under 200 watts should be no problem, but I bet it’s more cost effective to get a Vega56 and tweak it if you want more efficiency. I sure do like how it looks though.

      • jts888
      • 2 years ago

      This is the real reason that the original Nano was little more than a showpiece.
      An undervolted and underclocked full-sized board was just as cool and faster at a lower price.

    • Kougar
    • 2 years ago

    The Vega Nano, for people that want 1070 performance at 1080 prices with 1080 Ti power consumption.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      See, AMD gives you the features of THREE Ngreedia cards but you only have to buy one card!

      That’s what I call a deal.

      • brucethemoose
      • 2 years ago

      With a 1180 release date and RX 580 availability.

      • stefem
      • 2 years ago

      That one is Epyc! 🙂

      • shank15217
      • 2 years ago

      Really? The Vega 56 is 210 Watts, a slightly under clocked Vega Nano could be well below 180 Watts, hyperbole much?

        • Kougar
        • 2 years ago

        So yer saying take an already cut-down, lower-clocked 56 model and then underclock it some more? Good point, in that case performance of a 1060 FTW3.

        • Redocbew
        • 2 years ago

        A smaller PCB can only dictate restrictions to cooling and performance, and possibly make power delivery more complicated. Avoiding that hot mess might be worth a little hyperbole. 🙂

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Don’t forget FX 5800 noise levels.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Nope. Sorry.
    Like, [i<]super[/i<]nope.jpg. The Fury Nano was very nearly [i<]vaporware[/i<]; Even when Fiji launched pretty much on time, with decent retail availability after a month or so - the Nano was much later, severely stock-limited everywhere and there weren't even many sent to review sites either. Vega is already late, overhyped, likely to be underwhelming (based on benchmark leaks), and we have also learned of HBM2 delays and availability problems as an excuse. Holding up a new Nano that's based on something with a 75W higher power draw than the previous chip is just [b<]insanity.[/b<] A lot of us that have seen the history will be facepalming right now. I guess from AMD marketing, I should expect nothing less.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 2 years ago

      Overhyped? In the past few months I’ve seen almost nothing but blistering negativity, and the reviews aren’t even out yet.

      That’s the opposite of hype.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        AMD keep having events and inviting hundreds of journalists and releasing information. They’re keeping Vega high-profile as they have done for a full year now.

        Regarding the launch date “soon” and implying that it would follow Polaris in the RX-400 generation, AMD’s information release for Vega RX is the [b<]literal definition[/b<] of hyperbole, or [i<]hype[/i<], as everyone abbreviates it. If we were meant to take it seriously, Vega would have been out before the 1080Ti launched.

    • brucethemoose
    • 2 years ago

    Otherwise known as Vega: Miner Edition.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      OR Vega: Minor Addition

        • drfish
        • 2 years ago

        That woulda caused a spit-take if I’d been drinking.

        • cybot_x1024
        • 2 years ago

        With a Not-so-Minor appetite for power

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