[Solved] [US] WANTED: Vega 56 Nano
You might buy a Sapphire Pulse Vega 56 and convert it to a nano card. This card is actually a nano PCB with a big cooler attached to it. You obviously need to swap the cooling with something more appropriate for your build. Here is a comparison of the back of the Sapphire Vega 56 with a different nano sized card:
Wow, what a brilliant find! I’m surprised more people don’t know about this.
@steve4332 I do have a few questions, though. First of all, if this exists, is there a Vega 64 card with a nano PCB too? Second, what sort of alternative cooling solutions exist for this card? Would they make it too big to put in an Aorus Gaming Box? I’m going for a portable setup here.
@ray There are a couple full-size RX Vega 56 that use the Nano PCB. One is Sapphire Pulse @steve4332 mentioned. The other one is PowerColor Red Dragon. Unfortunately finding a proper ITX cooler for the board is not easy. The only one I’m ware of is a water block made by Bykski and Alphacool.
@ray There are a couple full-size RX Vega 56 that use the Nano PCB. One is Sapphire Pulse @steve4332 mentioned. The other one is PowerColor Red Dragon. Unfortunately finding a proper ITX cooler for the board is not easy. The only one I'm ware of is a water block made by Bykski and Alphacool.
This is a novice question, but since I’m a newbie I thought I’d make sure: you’d need a giant enclosure to fit a loop to use those blocks, correct? In other words, it will be completely impractical for use in a portable eGPU setup?
The mainboard of the AORUS boxes have a power connector going to 2 small fans. Maybe you could take those out and cobble together your own solution powered by that connector?
I think you should consider finding a machine shop and saw off the part of the stock cooler which does not fit into your build. This will compromise the cooling capability (especially if you have to severe the heat pipe that just stretches beyond the PCB a few centimeters), but if you undervolt/underclock the card a bit, it might be just be fine. There is a reason why Vegas have large heatsinks and it is quite hard to find a Vega Nano card - they are not the most power efficient cards out there and generate a lot of heat. 🙂 If you have room, you might want to attach a larger single fan over the remaining part of the heatsing to compensate for the smaller heatsink (you'd have to get rid of the shroud anyway, there are good mid/low profile 12cm fans out there if you don't have that much room) and maybe cobble together a new shroud to direct the airflow.
Good luck! 🙂
Still looking! Any custom solutions are either too janky or require far more time than I’m willing to give them. It’s the official Nano or nothing.
@eightarmedpet Have I ever told you what an absolute beast you are? Bid has been placed!
Might have an issue with shipping to me in Texas, but I’m coming to visit relatives in the UK in about a week. They’ll probably let me get it shipped to their place.