AMD/Powercolor Launch their RX Vega 56 Nano GPU

AMD/Powercolor Launch their RX Vega 56 Nano GPU

AMD/Powercolor Launch their RX Vega 56 Nano GPU

We all remember when AMD first showcased their RX Vega NANO GPU, a prototype graphics card which was designed to showcase what was possible for Vega in small form factor systems. Sadly this graphics card never made it to market, with the 2017 cryptocurrency mining boom swallowing RX Vega graphics cards faster than AMD could manufacture them.  

During their Computex 2018 keynote (watch it here), AMD showcased PowerColor’ custom RX Vega 56 Nano, a graphics card which is 5mm longer than AMD’s original R9 Fury Nano but offers the full performance of AMD’s RX Vega 56 silicon. 

Powercolor’s RX Vega 56 graphics card is designed to offer the same performance as a reference/stock RX Vega 56 graphics card. The graphics card’s official online listings say so, suggesting that buyers will be getting the full-fat RX Vega 56 experience, despite the card’s compact design.  

What remains to be seen is whether or not PowerColor’s custom design will be able to stay cool and quiet under sustained gaming workloads, especially if the card is installed in a small form factor case, where airflow is likely to be restricted. This graphics card is cooled exclusively by a single 80mm fan, which aside from AMD’s reference models is the only single-fan cooled RX Vega 56 graphics card on the market. 

  

  RX Vega 56 (Reference Air) Powercolor RX Vega 56 Nano
GPU Architecture Vega Vega
Processing cores 3584 3584
Core Base Clock 1156MHz 1156MHz
Core Boost Clock 1471MHz 1471MHz
Memory 8GB of HBM2 8GB of HBM2
Memory Clock  800MHz 800MHz

 

AMD/Powercolor Launch their RX Vega 56 Nano GPU

 

Strangely, the RX Vega 56 shown at Computex is powered using an 8+6-pin PCIe power configuration, while Powercolor’s website lists the RX Vega 56 Nano as using two 8-pin PCIe power connections. This conflicting data is likely to be a typo in PowerColor’s online listing, as there is no reason to believe that Powercolor’s are not showing off the final version of the graphics card at Computex. 

Like most RX Vega 56 graphics card, the Powercolor RX Vega 56 Nano will offer three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and a single HDMI 2.0 output. The MSRP of this graphics card is expected to be $449 in the US. 

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