Thursday, March 7th 2013

ASUS Readies Size-Optimized GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini for Mini-ITX Builds

ASUS is working on the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, a high-end graphics card that's size-optimized for mini-ITX gaming PC builds. NVIDIA's reference-design PCB for the GTX 670 already established that compact (<20 cm long) PCBs are very much possible for the chip. ASUS designed its own short (17 cm long) PCB with a 5-phase VRM, which draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, instead of two 6-pin. This allows you to make do with compact PSUs that only feature one PCIe connector, and avoid wasting Molex cables on the second 6-pin.

What's more interesting about the GTX 670 DirectCU Mini is its cooler, which appears to use a combination of a thick metal plate that draws heat from VRM and memory on the obverse side; and a round aluminum fin-stack, which could be cooled by a single ~80 mm fan. ASUS did not release pricing or availability information, and is still gauging community interest in such a product.
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28 Comments on ASUS Readies Size-Optimized GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini for Mini-ITX Builds

#1
Ze
That thing is TINY, and it can support 3/4way? Do want :D
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#2
The Von Matrices
Thank you, ASUS, for using a single 8-pin connector instead of 2 6-pin connectors. I wish more manufacturers would do this since both solutions support 150W but the single connector creates less cable clutter.
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#3
Widjaja
This is the size the 670 should have been in the first place.
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#4
15th Warlock
What a cute little card :p Don't be mistaken though, it packs a punch! :rockout:

This thing alog with a mini-ITX i7 would make for a nearly silent and killer HTPC!
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#5
badtaylorx
"50 shades of Geek"???

Ms Lian Li "Hurry up I dont have all night. Put it in my slot already."

Mr Kepler (looking dejected) "It is"

oh god, its waaaaaayyyy too late
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#7
jihadjoe
by: Widjaja
This is the size the 670 should have been in the first place.
Indeed. Considering the size of the PCB I think you're very right.
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#8
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
That is awesome. Im not a fan of Asus lately, but that is sweet. I want to get one to stick into my server when I move it to a Bitfenix Prodigy case, and when I use it as a backup rig when I upgrade to Haswell this summer.
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#10
Live OR Die
Nice to see i like these builds for my lan PC.
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#11
silapakorn
When I heard "Asus DirectCU" I automatically assumed that it would consume 3 slots and have a backplate. F*** me, right?
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#12
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Final version could have a backplate. ASUS is yet to finalize cooler shroud design and other cosmetic things.
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#13
Vancha
At last! This is what I was hoping for when we first saw the small PCBs of the 670. I desperately hope this is becomes a trend that catches on.

by: silapakorn
When I heard "Asus DirectCU" I automatically assumed that it would consume 3 slots and have a backplate. F*** me, right?
Well considering all 600 cards but the 680 2GB use two slots, yeah, fuck you. ;)
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#14
Delta6326
Very nice, can only hope gpu's get smaller in the future.
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#15
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Very interesting card. I too like the 8-pin feature versus two 6-pins.
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#16
Dj-ElectriC
If sparkle could manage to make a GTX560Ti, it would not be suprising you could do that with GTX670 at all.
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#17
suraswami
w1z please post power consumption for these cards.
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#18
iO
Really nice card.
But that screaming ~80 mm fan kinda ruined it...
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#19
tacosRcool
interesting that it needs only one 8 pin connector
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#20
natr0n
Arnie voice "hello cutie pie"
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#21
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: iO
Really nice card.
But that screaming ~80 mm fan kinda ruined it...
With as cool as these cards run, I don't think it will be all that loud.
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#22
Widjaja
by: jihadjoe
Indeed. Considering the size of the PCB I think you're very right.
I feel that the size increase of the cooler itself was primarily a marketing tactic.

See....there are people who are not too smart and tend to believe bigger is better.

Personally I do not believe nVidia needed to use that big cooler on the 670 and could have very easily made a cooler which stayed within the length of the PCB.
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#23
Crap Daddy
by: Widjaja
This is the size the 670 should have been in the first place.
How do you think anybody would have bought a tiny card for 400$?
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#24
Widjaja
by: Crap Daddy
How do you think anybody would have bought a tiny card for 400$?
That's the problem.
I know it performs like a $400 card but it's not big enough to be $400. :rolleyes:
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
The length of you graphics card is directly proportional to the length of your d*ck, everyone knows that, which is why no one would buy a $400 graphics card that small.
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