• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Memory: 4GB HBM
  • Ports: 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Dimensions: 152x42x143mm
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Pros:
  • Size
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 12,054 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 6,301 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 3,362 points

A Little Bit Smaller Than Usual

Sometimes it’s the small things in life that matters, that line works for computers nowadays. You no longer have to have a big bulky computer on your desktop anymore, instead you can have quaint little stylish casing filled with powerful hardware. This is called a Small Form Factor (SFF) PC, a pretty niche market in Malaysia at the moment, but it has the potential to go mainstream. Why, you might ask?

Well we could say that an important contributing factor would be AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano graphic card. This tiny little graphics card from AMD proves that big performance, can come in small packages. Honestly, one would never expect that this little piece of hardware is capable of contending with some high to middle end cards, but you’d be oh-so-terribly wrong.

The R9 Nano is a great graphic card to work with, since it’s small allows it to fit nicely into any gaming rig without worry of hard drive cages or SATA ports. This is quite an important aspect which is usually overlooked, because having a smaller graphic card technically leaves more air to flow which results in better airflow. Not only that, it’s much more aesthetically pleasing since the internals of your rig are cleaner and more organised.

Performance-wise we ran it through 3D Mark Fire Strike and its higher benchmarks which resulted in scores, which any graphic card this size can be proud of. It fits itself above the R9 390X and along the lines of the R9 Fury X and GTX980. That in itself makes it quite a powerful card for gaming and perfect for a SFF build. Playing games like Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 1080p resolution is fluid, and should have no lag or close to no lag at all, most likely the former.

When it comes to acoustics and temperature performance, the R9 Nano definitely does a swell job in keeping itself cool and quiet. Even on load it is reasonably quiet but the fan works hard to keep the Nano cool, and at higher RPM’s begin to get a bit loud, but still within an acceptable range.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The AMD Radeon R9 Nano is a godsend piece of hardware for builders of SFF computers, providing performance of high-end graphic cards all in a small package. If you’re a SFF enthusiast it’s perfect for any kind of build, and even if you’re not the R9 Nano still has a great price to performance ratio.

(previously published in issue February 2016)

AMD Radeon R9 Nano