AMD RX 480 PCB only 1" longer than Fury Nano; Daft reference cooler makes it 30% longer

Discussion created by black_zion on Jun 22, 2016
Latest reply on Jun 22, 2016 by black_zion

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Radeon R9 Nano (Left), Radeon RX 480 (Right)

In comparison to the Radeon R9 Nano, which has an absolutely miniscule PCB, the Radeon RX 480’s is only about an inch longer. The cards are also about the same weight; the Radeon RX 480 is only a couple of ounces heavier. The Radeon RX 480 requires significantly less power, however, as evidenced by its single 6-Pin PCI Express supplemental power connector.


The cooler design would explain the lower noise considering the antique design, less airflow restrictions on both intake and exhaust. Third party coolers should let the RX 480 slot into most ITX cases the same as the Fury Nano. Quite a feat considering the RX 480 has to accommodate GDDR5 chips on the PCB. Still, makes you wonder if the OEMs are paying AMD to come up with daft coolers like this...