AMD’s RX Vega 56 finally gets miniaturised - but can it cope under pressure? | PCGamesN

AMD’s RX Vega 56 finally gets miniaturised - but can it cope under pressure?

PowerColor's previous R9 Fury Nano design

Forget the 7nm Vega shrink, Powercolor are set to launch the AMD RX Vega 56 ‘Nano Edition’ next month, bringing small form factor Radeon power to the desktop. And this one will  be a gaming card.

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Since AMD launched their RX Vega graphics cards, gamers with loyalties to the red camp have been wondering when either AMD, or one of their board partners, would ever make the most out of the compact PCB. Well, today’s the day, PowerColor are preparing to launch their ‘Nano Edition’ RX Vega 56 at Computex.

HBM2 memory was one of the biggest selling points for AMD’s RX Vega graphics cards, but one of the often overlooked features - largely overshadowed by their headline bandwidth capabilities - is the memory chips’ compact nature due to their implementation within the same package as the GPU.

If you look at an RX Vega PCB (printed circuit board) you’ll find it really rather sparse in comparison to a similar spec Nvidia card - aside from power delivery, they are largely bare. Sapphire already shortened the PCB with their Pulse RX Vega 56 graphics card, but this card still made the most of a full-sized GPU cooler and heatsink design to pull away all the heat generated by the toasty GPU.

That’s where PowerColor’s Nano Edition card differs, as Hardwareluxx report. It’s the first design to offer the cut-down PCB and only a single fan design for mini-ITX builds, and while not the first time we've heard about it, the card will supposedly make an appearance at Computex at the start of June. It seems only an RX Vega 56 version will be available for the time being.

That might be with good reason, too. AMD cards are pretty power-hungry, and with higher consumption comes higher temperatures, too. The single axial fan of the PowerColor Nano Edition is going to have to be well-designed to cope with all that heat the RX Vega 56 is capable of pumping out.

It’s also a rather bland shroud design, and even the rather tame R9 Nano miniature graphics cards, from a few years back, stand out with their reference flair a little more than the PowerColor RX Vega variant. The only feature that breaks up the shroud design are the 8+6 pin power connectors.

Hopefully we will get to see more in way of performance numbers from Computex to see how this ITX graphics card really copes. While other GPUs have been returning closer to MSRP in recent weeks, AMD’s latest graphics architecture are still relatively pricey versus comparable performing cards. However, there is some hope that PowerColor’s miniature RX Vega 56 may be affordable, as their Red Dragon RX Vega 56 is one of the only RX Vega 56 cards on the market right now for under £500.

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