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AMD Announce Radeon Rx Vega 56 Nano At Computex Keynote

Samantha Mitchell



AMD Announce Radeon Rx Vega 56 Nano

There have been hints and rumors about a Nano version of AMD’s wildly popular graphics card, the Radeon RX Vega, for several months. Now, finally, at Computex 2018, the rumors were put to rest, with confirmation from AMD that a Nano version of the RX Vega could be expected.

Let’s Talk Graphics Cards

The RX Vega Nano is a follow-up to AMD’s earlier attempt at a graphics card for smaller form factors – the Radeon R9 Fury Nano. The RX Vega Nano card itself has been manufactured by PowerColor and, if rumors are to be believed, is only slightly slower than the full-sized Vega graphics card. In theory, therefore, consumers should be able to expect similar levels of performance from the RX Vega Nano, but in a smaller build, bringing advanced GPU handling to smaller sized machines.

Rumored Specifications Of The RX Vega 56 Nano

Rx Vega 56 NanoThe size of the Vega Nano has been confirmed, with AMD giving the card a single fan of 17cm. The fan is a mini ITX. Actual performance specifications haven’t been released yet, but a few are available if you are willing to search a bit in the Internet backwaters. The card, which is reportedly modeled on the 14nm manufacturing process of the FinFET, has 64 ROPS. The thermal design power of the card, which is a critical consideration in the mining industry, is 150W, which is a huge improvement on the full-sized Vega 56 (which has a TDP of 210W). The card comes with 8GB of HBM2 memory, with a bandwidth of 409,6 GB/S and a bus width of 2048 bits. It’s board design, in keeping with its Nano reputation, is on the small side. The slot width is dual-slot, with a length of only 152 mm. It comes with 1 HDMI ports and 3 display ports.

How Does AMD’s Announcement Compare With Some Of Its Competitors

AMD’s announcement competes satisfyingly with Nvidia’s announcement of their latest graphics card for compact PCs, the updated GTX 1050, which has an impressive 3GB of VRAM. The industry has been crying out for new graphics cards for a long time now, and whilst it’s not true to say we’re being overwhelmed with new offerings, at least there is movement in the graphics card space in the small-form build market.

What Sort Of Performance Can Be Expected From The Rx Vega Nano?

The card should enable clock speeds of between 1200 MHz and 1536 MHz, when running at boost. The card’s render configuration is expected to include 4096 shading units, 256 texture mapping units, 64 ROPs and 64 compute units. In theory, the card should be able to provide machines with a pixel refresh rate of 98.3 Pixels p/sec, a texture rate of 393.2 GTexels p/sec, a FP32 performance of 12, 583 GFLOPS and a FP64 performance of 786.4 GLFLOPS.

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