Wednesday, March 20th 2013

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Smiles for the Camera

We got our first glimpse of ASUS' mini ITX-friendly GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini a fortnight ago, when it was pictured installed. The older pictures didn't really provide us with a vanity of the card, until now. Pictured below, is the first press-shot of the 17 cm-long high-end graphics card. The picture reveals a swanky cooler shroud with gloss/matte accents, covering the main heatsink.

The main heatsink appears to be a combination of an aluminum base plate covering the memory chip and VRM, a copper vapor-chamber plate over the GPU, and a radially-projecting aluminum fin array. The contraption is ventilated by a fan unlike anything we've ever seen. Its impeller appears to be a hybrid between conventional top-flow fan, and lateral-flow blower. While ASUS won't tinker with the 6.00 GHz memory clock speed, the core is said to be clocked about 26 MHz higher than reference. Display outputs check out as dual DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The company is expected to launch this card some time in April.
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43 Comments on ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Smiles for the Camera

#1
puma99dk|
this should totally be a custom pcb bcs the ref pcb is 9,5inches which is roughly 24cm and this here is 17cm so 7cm smaller and uses a single 8-pin connector so i will totally bet for a custom pcb and a 4gb version should be sooo nice ^^
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#2
badtaylorx
i wanna see this in a 900d with on a P8Z77-I Deluxe, using a giant air cooler like the Zalman cnps 12x
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#3
Random Murderer
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by: badtaylorx
i wanna see this in a 900d with on a P8Z77-I Deluxe, using a giant air cooler like the Zalman cnps 12x
I want to see four of these in quad SLI.
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#4
RejZoR
Finally some proper innovations. Such high end card in a small form factor is something new. If you're building a tiny and powerful box, this is a win stuff.
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#5
newtekie1
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by: puma99dk|
this should totally be a custom pcb bcs the ref pcb is 9,5inches which is roughly 24cm and this here is 17cm so 7cm smaller and uses a single 8-pin connector so i will totally bet for a custom pcb and a 4gb version should be sooo nice ^^
The reference GTX670 PCB is definitely not 9.5" long, it isn't that much longer than this cards PCB.
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Random Murderer
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by: newtekie1
The reference GTX670 PCB is definitely not 9.5" long, it isn't that much longer than this cards PCB.
He may be including the fan shroud in his measurement.
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puma99dk|
by: Random Murderer
He may be including the fan shroud in his measurement.
just going for a quick run bcs that was what, was on geforce.co.uk but i have had a shitty day so i guess it got confused, but i still think Asus made a custom pcb, instead of using ref design, but i guess we will know for sure when it starts getting out for reviews...
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Random Murderer
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by: puma99dk|
just going for a quick run bcs that was what, was on geforce.co.uk but i have had a shitty day so i guess it got confused, but i still think Asus made a custom pcb, instead of using ref design, but i guess we will know for sure when it starts getting out for reviews...
It is definitely a custom PCB, for starters it uses a single 8-pin for power and it is definitely shorter(even if just slightly) than the ref PCB.
What I was saying about the shroud being included is that the reference card looks longer than it is because the fan shroud extends a few inches past the end of the PCB.

EDIT: For visual aid, here's the back of a reference card:




Notice how the shroud for the fan extends a few inches past the PCB, giving the illusion that the card is longer than it really is. I'd be willing to bet that a reference card with an aftermarket cooler that doesn't extend past the back of the PCB(such as the card this thread is about) would be within centimeters of the length of this Asus Mini card. However, comparing the component placement of the Asus Mini and the reference card, the Asus is definitely on a custom PCB.
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#9
nickbaldwin86
by: Random Murderer
It'll be interesting to see if they release a 4GB version of this.
Would love to see 4GB too :D
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newtekie1
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by: puma99dk|
just going for a quick run bcs that was what, was on geforce.co.uk but i have had a shitty day so i guess it got confused, but i still think Asus made a custom pcb, instead of using ref design, but i guess we will know for sure when it starts getting out for reviews...
Oh yeah, it is definitely a custom PCB.
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#11
[H]@RD5TUFF
Very cool if I was still doing my build I would have gone for a smaller enclosure and gotten one of these.
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#12
xtremesv
by: btarunr
That one never made it to western markets, apparently. Only Greater China and Japan.
Why only East Asia? Don't western people use mini-ATX also? Well, I suppose the same thing happens with some car models being just released in specific markets.

Maybe I miss the days when high-end cards needed a tiny fan and one PCI slot :rolleyes:
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#13
screwdriver
by: chinmi
wow that is small, nice one... but is it really the first ever been released ?

doesn't the zotac make one too ??

http://www.techpowerup.com/167657/ZOTAC-GeForce-GTX-670-TwinCooler-Graphics-Card-Detailed.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/12-06-14/150a.jpg

it uses double fan, so i really wanna see a head to head comparison on overclock-ability between these short 670 and their struggle to battle fan with that small form factor :)
I doubt the Zotac model has been available in Japan and China
It might be just a concept or paper launch
I can not find any info on their official website
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#14
redshoulder
That Zotac card is available to purchase from Amazon Japan.
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#15
syeef
that card sure is cute... but cute is for sissies...
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#16
Ikaruga
by: syeef
that card sure is cute... but cute is for sissies...
Finally! I knew something must be wrong with me:/ Thanks.
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#17
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Nice card, I want 4, plox.
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