A GREAT MINI-ITX CARD
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
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