AMD Teases Pint-Sized Radeon RX Vega Nano At SIGGRAPH 2017

AMD has been slow playing the launch of its next generation processors and graphics cards. The marketing strategy has created a ton of hype surrounding Ryzen, Threadripper, and Vega, and just when it seemed like there was nothing else to tease, AMD decided to pass around a Radeon RX Vega Nano graphics card for small form factor systems.

Radeon RX Vega Nano

One of the best images of the pint-sized graphics card shows AMD's Chris Hook, a senior director of global marketing PR for the company, excitedly holding the card up. He displayed the card just long enough for a picture to be taken before disappearing behind the scenes.

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AMD was on hand at SIGGRAPH over the weekend. While there, the company made several announcements, including a new and comparatively affordable addition to its Threadripper lineup, the 1900X for $549. But the big news was the launch of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards for consumers, as opposed to the Frontier Edition, which is aimed at professionals.

At one point during the event, AMD's Raja Koduri walked on stage and handed a working sample of the Radeon RX Vega Nano to Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and Unreal Engine. No details were provided, but if the silver aluminum shroud is any indication, the Nano is based on the Radeon RX Vega 64 rather than the lower end Radeon RX Vega 56.

Radeon RX Vega Nano
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The card looks to be around 5-6 inches in length. It has three full-size DisplayPorts and a single HDMI input, and draws power from a single 8-pinc PCIe power connector.

These types of cards are popular because they allow for compact builds where only micro-ATX and sometimes even just mini-ITX motherboards are supported. The appeal of a Radeon RX Vega Nano is that gamers can build a small desktop without compromising performance.

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