There’s only two big names in the graphic market as far as hardware is concerned and any person interested in buying or upgrading a PC has heard about both of them. The rivalry between NVIDIA and AMD has lasted ages and we can definitely look forward to these two tech giants outdoing each other several times over the foreseeable future.
Right now however, the rate at which technology is advancing is at its peak as we learn how to make our equipment smaller yet more efficient at the same time, both NVIDIA and AMD have released GPUs which give you the power of modern graphic processing without the need to fit a foot long card in your PC chassis, initially aimed for users of Mini ITX motherboards, these cards are becoming powerful at a rapidly increasing rate.
AMD’s R9 Nano
With specifications just as good as an R9 Fury X, the R9 Nano comes with the same 4 GB of video RAM, 4096 stream processors and pretty much everything else being the same but don’t look at the R9 Nano as a smaller version of the Fury X because that’s not all that you’re going to be getting.
Although still priced at the higher end of the market, the R9 Nano uses considerably lower wattage when it comes to power consumption. Along with a target operating temperature of 75 Celsius, you no longer need to worry about any possibility of serious damage to your hardware.
But the most important thing to look at over here is the fact that the R9 Nano is going to be the most powerful Mini ITX card on the market, not only does it support full 4k resolution (current Mini ITX cards don’t support resolutions that high) but as already mentioned, it only uses 175 watts.
NVIDIA GTX 950
Definitely not as small as the R9 Nano but NVIDIA’s GTX 950 still packs quite a punch. With standard memory of up to 2 GB and 768 CUDA cores, the GTX 950 claims to be able to run 1080p games without trouble.
Boosted clock speed of up to 1188 MHz and working digital resolutions of up to 5120 x 3200 make sure that whether you want to enjoy your games on an entirely new level or perhaps you simply want to make your home theater experience even better, the GTX 950 is able to provide you exactly that.
The GTX 950 and R9 Nano however, can’t really be compared on a head to head basis simply because of the different aims for both of these cards, the R9 Nano is aimed at Mini ITX users whereas the GTX 950 is a fully fledged graphic card for all PCs, don’t take this as a disadvantage, even with the reduced size and power consumption, the R9 Nano is more than capable of running modern PC games with little performance loss when compared to the GTX 950.
As for the power consumption of the GTX 950, it requires 350 watts but operating temperatures are as high as 95 Celsius so using a cooler is not only recommended but also required.