The Ultimate Compact Video Card – R9 Radeon Nano

Single card graphics solutions become more and more powerful we’re seeing many builders ditching the bulky full and mid tower two cases with multi-GPU setups in favor of smaller systems that still pack a powerful punch but with most top to your graphics cards having sometimes Ludacris space requirements. Generating lots and lots of heat putting them into something like an ITX chassis can be a challenge with that in mind MD delivered upon this world the Radeon R9 Nano a small form factor graphics card that promises performance on par with full-size flagship Radeon Cards.
But can team red deliver and give  us a truly first class gaming experience in such a tiny little package  stay tuned to find out and if you want us to do more  theoretical graphics card comparison videos in the future  very vague. I know the master case 5 by Cooler Master gives you the freedom to truly make your mid tower pc case your own with a variety of modular parts and accessories.




The  official name of Radeon R9 Nano is the Nano, the R9 fury series of  graphics cards from AMD which also includes the R9 fury the top and water cooled r9 fury X and despite the Nano being much smaller and less bulky than  the fury x. It shares the same GPU with 4096 stream processors and 64 compute units the only difference being that the Nano has a peak clock speed out of the box of 1000 mega hertz.

Which are 50 less than the fury X the net also has the same memory configurations the furious with four gigabytes of high bandwidth memory AKH P.M. running at 500 megahertz on a 512 the gigabyte per second memory bus. However where the Nano sets itself apart is its cooling and power delivery systems unlike some other reference design cards from AMD we’ve seen the Nano has its heating fins oriented horizontally along the card. Instead of radically out of the card you’d see a radial design set up very often on Intel stock CPU coolers. They did this they moved to horizontal to minimize obstructions and  make the cooler function more similarly into a blower style solution AMD is targeting a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius. While gaming with this card throttling at 85 degrees Celsius the Nano is also a lot less power-hungry peak board power is rated at 175 watts compared to the 235 lat draw of the fury. Fury acts be improved cooling and reduced power consumption  combined with the space saving benefits of HBM which is physically integrated  into the GPU package means that AMD was able to make the Nano PCB only six  inches long  so the card only extends as far as the end of your pci express slot.



On your motherboard do keep in mind though if you’re interested in dropping the Nano into your ultra small system that the power connector alone 8-pin pcie input is oriented on the side of the card not on the top. Meaning you’ll have to factor in  some extra length there  for your plug coming off of your power supply with that said let’s have a  closer look at the card itself  starting on the front you see a matte black metal shroud it looks quite  similar to what we saw on the fury X.  Except of course that the Nano is an air-cooled card so there’s a single 90  millimeter fan on the front cool everything down  do note that if you pick up a reference Nano the Heatsink and fan are actually  integrated into the shroud and therefore are not easily removable should you be  interested in Modding the card the heat sink.
Itself features the after mentioned horizontal thins and no heat pipes which AMD decided to omit to keep the weight and bulkiness of the card to a minimum while still keeping the cooling good the back of the PCB is bear though it does have a matte black finish for a clean look we want to the top we see a fairly understated design with the radeon logo.
And only a small part of the Heatsink peeking through the black shroud and then the side of the card is open to allow case fans to help move air across the heatsink and also includes that loan 8-pin pcie power connector we mentioned earlier on the back we see one HDMI.

Three display outputs note that this doesn’t have any DVI outs and we didn’t see any adapters in the Box to make sure you pick one up if you’ll be using DVI with this card now onto performance we used a fairly standard test suite of Tomb Raider,  Crysis 3, Far cry 4 and the Witcher 3 for our standard performance benchmarks.  Then we just added on fire strike ultra which was a little aggressive but interesting regardless then we did our standard sky box testing and Crysis 3 to test heavy low temperature and system wattage from the wall one very important factor to remember when looking at these numbers is the size of the nano.

Sure its trading blows of the gtx 980 and it’s being beaten by the fury both of which are cheaper but this thing is absolutely tiny in terms of size while the 980 and fury are both center of attention case monsters this shows in power draw as well the only card that beats the Nano in terms of power draw. We tested is the now old 285 compact from sapphire which to be fair is it a much lower to your performance which shows very well when looking at the graph comparison of system wattage per frame.  Even though the nano has a little  a bit more power draw than the 285 compact its system watch for frame is  under half which is pretty great  this leaves us with a card that when compared to a 390x tricks edition  performs better runs cooler and draws significantly less power from the wall.

All while being much smaller but at an increased price of two hundred dollars which brings us to our last question price. You got me it’s not exactly a cheap card at six hundred fifty  dollars it’s got a price tag to it  it’s dollars per frame is not really that great surprise performance is not  really that great but I honestly don’t think that’s the reason why someone  would be interested in this card.



The card isn’t trying to be the best price performance cars on the market it’s trying to be a badass in terms of power consumption and performance while containing itself in a small package and that honestly basically was my conclusion the Nano is small. The Nano is fast and the nano draws an impressively low amount of wattage from the wall it does all of this wild yes being a little expensive but not to an impossible degree.

I could see a lot of small form factor builders looking in  this direction soon especially with the number of case manufacturers coming out  with smaller and smaller cases every year with some very interesting ones on  the horizon  with the raintree V DOT 0 SDK. Which is one small snippet of code you’re all set up in less than 10 minutes they even have support staff ready to walk you through the process over the phone?

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Record Console Gaming Without a Capture Card

So you want to record your gameplay by don’t have a capture card well you’re in luck because there is a way to do it.  It’s not the best that get right out of the bag and not the best way of doing it. But a lot of Youtubers to start off this way the main thing they want to be two best friends play indie games. They start off doing this method as well so your practice and I’ll post stuff here on how you start.  So the first thing you’re going to need is a video camera  I’ll have mine because I’m using to record this right now  you’re very camera set up a couple things that needs to have the ability to  record video In the video report audio.



Now if you want to go one step further check out to see if your video camera has in a mic in port and it would have a jack like a headphone. You can use that plug your audio into because nothing worse than crappy audio was innocent. Now this is some good audio the thing you need to capture that sound is this cable it’s a mini to RCA and I’m then of RCA cable, I have a barrel connector. Our state barrel connector now what you’re going to need to do is take your  component cables and you’re going to plug that into there and then you’re  going to take this end and plug it into your camera.

Another thing you know what this is you can’t use an HDMI cord to do it because audio goes through HDMI into the TV so you need to have like this thing.  Take that off three colors audio cables and this one is got PS3, Wii and Xbox on it.  You can buy those, wherever I don’t know another thing that will be really  helpful in this case is a tripod,  this is a really crappy tripod but a tripod on the less the track gives you  the ability to adjust it seeking center  everything has it’s not centered section. First thing you want to do is take the  camera and center it as best as possible  leaving some room around the screen to work it and once you think you got it  pretty good.  You want to slowly zoom in and see how it looks now you may notice that it looks a little crooked and in that case tilt and pan your tripod raise it until it looks pretty in the center.


It is going to take some playing take a lot of playing with until you get a perfect but it can be done perfect.  It can be just now once in your game you’re going to notice if you plugged in the audio jack that it’s blaring loud. So you can try setting it on your camera because like the nature of the game structure of TV you have to go into your settings on your game. You have to lower all your audio if you’re game doesn’t have this capability or pause and have a bad time. I know Halo 4  doesn’t have this capability and its really annoying the state at least  you’ll notice that it doesn’t look perfect but it is something you know, it’s a good way to practice because I personally don’t have a capture card  myself but using my DSLR camera.

I have the ability to practice and do this and I’ve got people to start  watching this defense with some pretty good but it’s again it’s not a  flawless thing and it is for practice  not a permanent solution to a problem.

Reasons For Smartphone Batteries Combusting

It’s that time of year again: people are upgrading their smartphones to the newest, flashiest model. But some customers are getting a little too much bang for their buck. At least 90 people who bought Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphone have reported that the phones are overheating, causing burns, or even catching on fire. Both Samsung and the US government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission have officially issued a recall of Galaxy Note7s that were sold before September 15th. It is just too dangerous to use these phones, because of a battery-related manufacturing problem. A battery is made of a positive electrode called a cathode and a negative electrode called an anode. These electrodes connected by a liquid or gel called the electrolyte, which lets charged particles move around. The chemical reactions inside a battery generate electrical energy, as electrons or ions flow from one electrode to the other. A lithium-ion battery, specifically, is a rechargeable battery that can be really compact. So they’re used in all kinds of electronics, from cell phones to laptops. Its cathode is made from a lithium metal oxide and its anode is made of graphite, and they’re kept apart by a thin polymer separator that still lets lithium ions flow back and forth. When one of these batteries is being charged, lithium ions flow through the electrolyte from the cathode to the anode. And when you’re using the battery, they move in the opposite direction. Because of lithium’s atomic structure, these batteries can store a lot of energy, which is great for things like cell phones. But it’s not so great if something goes wrong, like if the battery is overcharged or the separator between the electrodes gets damaged. If the separator gets punctured, for example, it can cause a short circuit, since the lithium ions would flow through the new path of least resistance.



A short circuit can cause a buildup of heat, which can cause more heat-generating chemical reactions inside the battery, and it might start degrading in what’s called thermal runaway. That’s when the battery might catch fire or even explode. There’s a very small chance that this could happen in any device that has a lithium-ion battery that’s poorly designed or installed – like, that’s why you hear about hoverboards combusting. In the case of these early Galaxy Note7s, the batteries are probably overheating because of a manufacturing problem. Samsung thinks that a production error put too much pressure on the battery inside some of the first phones to be manufactured, squeezing together the cathode and anode, which can cause a short circuit and all that excess heat. So people charging or using their phones normally are all of a sudden getting hurt by overheated batteries. Basically, the only way to fix it is to swap your phone out for a not-so-dangerous one – that’s the reason for the recall.




So if you bought a Galaxy Note7 before September 15th, you should probably go do that before it burns a hole in your pants. Now, you know who probably could survive an overheating battery fire and not even give a crap? Tardigrades. Also known as water bears, tardigrades are a phylum of adorably tiny invertebrates with four pairs of legs, tube-shaped spiky mouths … and superpowers. They’ve been found in extreme environments, from the bottom of the ocean to boiling hot springs. Scientists have dehydrated them, blasted them with radiation, and even shot them into the vacuum of space. And they’ve survived every time. In a paper published in Nature this week, Japanese researchers found some of the genes that make tardigrades so tough – including a protein that can also protect human DNA from radiation damage. A team of scientists, led by a researcher from the University of Tokyo, sequenced the genome of the tardigrade species Ramazzottius varieornatus. They found more of the genes that are known to help with cell survival in other animals, like by reducing oxidative stress and repairing damaged DNA. Plus, they found a new protein that binds to nuclear DNA strands, that they called Damage suppressor, or Dsup, because they thought it might protect DNA somehow. To test their hypothesis, scientists added the Damage suppressor gene to cultured human kidney cells, so that these cells were making the tardigrade protein. Then, they pummeled the cells with X-ray radiation, which can cause breaks in one or both strands of the DNA double helix, and some hydrogen peroxide, which also damages DNA. And the cells with this tardigrade protein had much less DNA damage than the unprotected cells! More protected cells stayed alive, and some even kept dividing, as if they hadn’t been irradiated at all. The scientists looked for the Damage suppressor gene in databases of other animals’ DNA, but they couldn’t find it. So the extra protection might be unique to tardigrades. And this is probably just one of many genes or proteins that help them cope with biological stress. By understanding what makes super-survivors like tardigrades so dang tough, maybe eventually we can figure out some new ways to protect our own cells from harsh environments.


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