A GREAT MINI-ITX CARD

AMD Radeon R9 Nano

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Ko­hWanzi

the heavy lift­ing.

One of the most im­pres­sive as­pects of the card is that de­spite its size, it comes with a fully-en­abled Fiji GPU, with all 4,096 stream pro­ces­sors and 256 tex­ture units at play. In fact, the only real dif­fer­ences between the R9 Nano and the flag­ship Fury X are their tar­geted power en­ve­lope and clock speeds.

AMD has set the Nano's power limit on pa­per to a mere 175W, a good 100W lower than the Fury X. As a re­sult, the Nano re­quires just a sin­gle 8-pin PCIe con­nec­tor to power. But be­cause of the lower power en­ve­lope and the con­comi­tant power throt­tling, the card isn't al­ways able to main­tain its top clock speed of 1,000MHz. That's the pri­mary rea­son why the card doesn't quite reach Fury X lev­els of per­for­mance (which is clocked slightly higher at 1,050MHz as well), com­ing closer in­stead to the Fury.

But thanks to the asyn­chro­nous com­pute en­gines in the Fiji GPU, the Nano is able to reap some de­cent per­for­mance im­prove­ments when mov­ing from DirectX 11 to 12. There was as much as a 21-per­cent in­crease in Ashes of the Sin­gu­lar­ity at High set­tings and a 1600p res­o­lu­tion. We also tested the Nano with a hand­ful of other re­cent ti­tles like Tom Clancy's The Di­vi­sion and Hit­man, mak­ing sure to run the bench­marks at the most de­mand­ing set­tings. The Nano never fal­tered, al­ways manag­ing to de­liver morethan playable frame rates in ex­cess of 50 fps. by

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