Radeon RX Vega Nano cards could be launched soon
The Radeon RX Vega family of GPUs from AMD was supposed to offer gamers a more affordable alternative to the GTX 1070/1080 cards from Nvidia, however, due to stock shortages caused by cryptominers, the Vega 56 and 64 cards did not get into the gamer’s hands up until this March. Now that the GPU-based cryptoming operations are slowly declining, the RX Vega stocks are healthier than ever and, with AMD’s increased production plans, it looks like there will also a Nano version for the more budget-oriented crowd.
First teased back in August 2017 by AMD’s Chris Hook, the RX Vega Nano cards are said to be using narrower PCBs, which look similar to those manufactured by Sapphire for the RX Vega 56 Pulse cards. According to WCCFTech, the 14 nm GPUs powering the Nano cards are a lighter version of the Vega 10 architecture featured with the 56 and 64 cards. The only specs known up to this point are the 64 raster operators, the 8 GB HBM2 video memory and the 2048-bit memory bus, which are standard on all discrete Vega cards. Additionally, the Nano cards are supposed to have a 150 W TDP, however.
AMD is expected to announce the next generation of GPUs codenamed Navi in late 2018, so the Vega Nano GPUs could be launched this summer, around the same time Nvidia could announce their GTX 11xx series.