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AMD announces Radeon R9 Nano; will support 4K gaming on mini-ITX systems

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AMD has announced an addition to its graphics card based on the Fiji GPU, named the AMD Radeon R9 Nano. After the Fury X and Fury, this is the third current generation graphics card from AMD based on the Fiji GPU. The AMD Radeon R9 Nano will start selling from 10 September for $649 (approx Rs 43,000).

The AMD Radeon R9 Nano as the name implies is meant for mini-ITX systems, which enables one to have a powerful system in a compact form factor. The AMD Radeon R9 Nano was first showcased at gaming expo E3 in Los Angeles in June.

The 6-inch long card will come with 4096 stream processors, 256 texture units, 64ROPs, 4GB of VRAM. These are the same specs as seen on the top end Radeon Fury X. It comes with an 8-pin power connector. It is no wonder then that the Nano is priced at par with the Fury X. The Nano is just an effort to show off the space-saving offered by high-bandwidth memory letting vendors make small form factor graphics cards.

AMD claims that the R9 Nano offers 30% more performance and 30% less power than the Radeon R9 290X card, with the maximum TDP reaching 175 Watts.

“With the Radeon R9 Nano graphics card, AMD is enabling 4K class gaming in your living room in an exceptionally quiet, ultra-small design built to excel in today’s games and on the latest APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan. There simply is nothing else like it,” said Matt Skynner, corporate VP and general manager, Product, Computing and Graphics Business Unit at AMD.

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