Sapphire AMD Radeon RX Vega Nano Could Be in The Works

Apr 10, 2018

It’s been nearly a year since AMD introduced its high-end lineup of RX Vega gaming graphics cards. Ever since their introduction in the summer of last year, the RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 have been big hits for the company, with demand far exceeding supply for months on end. A situation that was only exacerbated further by the mining boom of last year.

Vegas were simply flying off the shelves faster than AMD could make them. Now, however, with the mining scene slowing down due to significant declines in cryptocurrency value as well as the advent of new specialized ASIC mining hardware entering the market in the next couple of months the Vega supply is slowly but surely building back up to more healthy levels in the channel. In fact, we saw prices on Vega cards drop by as much as 30% just in the last month.

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Big Performance, Tiny Card – AMD Radeon RX Vega Nano

This is why now, more than ever, an RX Vega Nano makes sense. Back in August of last year, AMD’s Chris Hook showed off what appeared to be a prototype RX Vega Nano. Since then however, we’ve heard nothing about the graphics card and many assumed that the project could very well have died out in the midst of the mining craze.

Recently however, there’s been some new evidence that has surfaced indicating that an RX Vega Nano might actually make it to market this year after all. As it turns out, the RX Vega Nano PCB has been and continues to be in production. Sapphire is actually using the Nano PCB on its RX Vega 56 Pulse graphics cards.

Sapphire Nitro Pulse on top, reference RX Vega Nano bottom – Credit : jstefanop1

This means that Sapphire is in fact capable, at least in theory, of making an RX Vega Nano. Although, it is possible that the thermal performance of Vega has made this more challenging than Fiji. But it’s certainly not an impossibility. After all, we’ve all seen how power efficient undervolted RX Vegas can be. And with the 14nm process maturing over the past year, engineers are now almost certainly able to extract more performance out of every watt of dissipated power.

AMD is getting ready to refresh its graphics card lineup some time later this year, and an RX Vega Nano could be part of that refresh.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon RX Vega Nano AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Reference AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Reference AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid
GPU Fiji XT Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET
Compute Units 64 TBD 56 64 64 64
Stream Processors 4096 TBD 3584 4096 4096 4096
Raster Operators 64 64 64 64 64 64
Texture Mapping Units 256 TBD 224 256 256 256
Clock Speed (Base) 1000 MHz TBD 1156 MHz 1247 MHz 1247 MHz 1406 MHz
Clock Speed (Max) 1050 MHz TBD 1471 MHz 1546 MHz 1546 MHz 1677 MHz
FP32 Compute 8.6 TFLOPs TBD 10.5 TFLOPs 12.6 TFLOPs 12.6 TFLOPs 13.7 TFLOPs
FP16 Compute 8.6 TFLOPs TBD 21.0 TFLOPs 25.2 TFLOPs 25.2 TFLOPs 27.4 TFLOPs
Memory (VRAM) 4 GB HBM1 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2 8 GB HBM2
Memory Bus 4096 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit 2048 bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s TBD 410 GB/s 484 GB/s 484 GB/s 484 GB/s
TDP 275W 150W 210W 295W 295W 350W
Price $649 TBD $399
($499 US Actual)
($599 US Actual)
$599 $699
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