It looks like AMD may unveil the Radeon R9 Nano as early as August 27. One of the highlights of the R9 Nano will be its compact size at a length of 150mm, which was achieved in part by utilizing HBM memory.
The advantages of using HBM over GDDR5 are twofold: The die size itself is smaller, allowing for cards that can fit in mini-ITX enclosures, and there are considerable performance gains as well. In leaked benchmark scores, the R9 Nano was seen outdoing the R9 290X, while consuming half as much energy.
Based on the Fiji GPU, the R9 Nano offers 4096 stream processors, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. In terms of design, the card looks similar to that of other models in the Fury series, sporting a Radeon logo on the shroud and a dotted pattern. The card will be powered by a single 92mm fan, with an 8-pin connector providing the card. The quoted TDP of 175W should allow for sufficient headroom for factory-overclocked models in the future.
The R9 Nano will be aimed at enthusiast users looking for high performance in a small form factor, with a rumored price of $449. We’ll know more about the card later this week.