I love it when modders go above and beyond … and this is what happens when modders create a Radeon RX Vega Nano!
Taken from Wccftech … Back when Fiji GPUs were announced, AMD wanted to take advantage of the smaller footprint of PCBs that HBM allowed for and the result of it was the first Nano card, the Radeon R9 Nano. The card featured enthusiast levels of performance, packing in top-notch specifications into a tiny package, running quietly and very efficiently too. Its follow up was to be based on the Vega 64 GPU which would be the flagship enthusiast chip for gamers and was teased by AMD’s ex-marketing guru, Chris Hook.
However, there was no word on the RX Vega Nano release even after the Vega 64 and Vega 56 had launched, which meant that the last time we would officially get a look at the RX Vega Nano would be AMD’s Capsaicin Siggraph event (2017). A year later, at Computex 2018, AMD did announce the Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano but that was a custom design made by the AIB partner PowerColor. The chip featured was also not the Vega 64 SKU but the Vega 56 SKU. The card did offer a small form factor, but had a slightly larger heatsink than what the Nano was originally shown to offer. Also, the design aesthetics of AMD’s reference Radeon design were missing on the card.
But since Fiji and Vega, AMD has moved on to traditional GDDR memory designs due to cost and supply constraints for the higher-end HBM2 stacks which are now limited to HPC/AI parts. It has been 5 years since the last official Nano card’s release but while there has been no confirmation of a new Nano card, there are fans in the SFF PC Gaming segment who still find that product very impressive on its own. As such, a Chinese modder has taken upon the task himself to create his very own and fully functional RX Vega Nano graphics card.