AMD slashes the Radeon Nano’s price, and now it’s a killer deal

January 11, 2016 5:03 pm0 commentsViews: 4

AMD’s Radeon Nano was, in many ways, the crown jewel of the Radeon Fury family. While it didn’t offer quite as much performance as the Fury X or Radeon Fury, it blew the power efficiency of both cards out of the water. It was an incredible card for small form factor PCs, and packed considerably more firepower into the smallest high-end GPU we’ve ever seen.

The one downside? Price. At $ 649, the Radeon Nano was priced against the Fury X and the GTX 980 Ti, despite not quite matching the performance of either solution. That made the GPU something of a niche offering — fabulous if you needed its tiny size, but hard to recommend as a general card. Today, that changes — AMD has slashed the Radeon Nano’s price by $ 150, or 23%.

Absolute power consumption.

Absolute power consumption.

The price cuts bring the Radeon Nano down to $ 500, and at that price, it’s playing a different game. Unless AMD cuts the price on the Radeon Fury, the Nano and the Fury are now neck-and-neck — with the Nano using much less power, fitting into smaller form factors, and taking up a lot less of your case.

Power efficiency at default and 150% board power level.

Power efficiency at default and 150% board power level.

The Radeon Nano’s dramatically reduced power envelope compared with its bigger brothers — load power is nearly 100W below the Fury X at both 4K and 1080p — could also help the card slip into systems where a more powerful GPU would require a bulkier power supply. The GTX 980 still has an overall edge in that department, but for AMD fans who have older PSUs, Nano can serve a plausible upgrade path.

At $ 500, the Radeon Nano is also on much better footing against the GTX 980 (it’s slightly faster and slightly more expensive). It still costs quite a bit more than the small form factor versions of the GTX 970 on the market today, but the price premium has come down from 1.83x the cost to 1.4x the price. That puts the two solutions in solid contention — the Radeon Nano is between 25-40% faster than the GTX 970 Mini depending on your test and power settings.

We weren’t able to get any word on whether or not AMD would cut the price of other Fury cards, but this moves the Nano from “niche” to “generally recommended” if you’re a Team Red fan. Of course, with new cards coming from both AMD and Nvidia within a six month time frame, you wouldn’t be crazy to wait and see what both companies bring to the table with Polaris and Pascal.

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