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ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Launched

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    ASUS today announced the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, a compact high-performance graphics card designed primarily for small form factor PCs with mini ITX motherboards. The dual-slot card measures just 17cm and features the NVIDIA GTX 670 GPU for DirectX 11.1-compatible gaming. The reference GTX 670 measures 24.13cm, for comparison.

    Small form factor PCs based on mini ITX motherboards are a popular choice for gamers and home users. Their compact cases are much easier to transport to LAN parties than a standard desktop PC, and stylish designs with comparatively low power requirements make them a natural choice for home theater PCs. The ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini is designed to maximize the potential offered by mini ITX motherboards by delivering high performance graphics. It uses an exclusive DirectCU thermal design that combines a heat-spreading vapor chamber and the CoolTech Fan, which provides wide-angle airflow and venting to cool critical graphics card components.

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    New DirectCU Mini with vapor chamber and CoolTech Fan
    ASUS has re-engineered the DirectCU cooler to fit small form factor cases. While shorter, it introduces a copper vapor chamber placed directly on top of the GPU for faster heat spreading and dispersal with 20% (or 7.5∘C) lower temperatures than reference GTX 670. Also new is the CoolTech Fan, a blower/axial crossover. Its inclusion translates into wide-angle and powerful airflow that keeps vital card components cool, with heat vented through the back and top of the card. It also provides three times quieter operation, all within a limited space.

    Direct Power and Super Alloy Power for stable and durable performance
    Taking advantage of its smaller form factor, the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini uses Direct Power technology, which bridges power delivery components and the GPU for clean and efficient power supply, delivering 56% lower impedance and a 15% cooler PCB. Super Alloy Power capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs are hardened against heat and stress, averaging 2.5 times the lifespan of generic parts.

    GPU Tweak quick and easy graphics tuning
    Exclusive graphics card tuning utility GPU Tweak is bundled with the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. An intuitive interface makes changing core and clock frequencies, fan speeds, voltages, and power consumption targets easy, helping get more performance out of the graphics card. Game-specific profiles can be created, which combined with effortless overclocking help LAN party goers maximize performance for competitive engagements.
     
  2. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    That is very nice. A lot of horsepower per cm.
     
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    We require a review!Pronto! ;)
     
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    If this really is both cooler and quieter that stock, then I'm interested in this SKU or even a 660 Ti or "new" 650 Ti version of this design. Review!
     
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    Really is very forward thinking by Asus. Cool card.
     
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    how much is it?
     
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    I really hope this catches on for other companies making powerful Little cards instead of Mandingo sized cards..

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    In this case, and this case ONLY, size does NOT matter :roll:
     
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    And that's the question isn't it, Wouldn't surprise me if you're looking at least a $50 premium over standard cards.
     
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    Awesome card, so much power in such a tiny package. :cool:
     
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    from what i see compared to a stock 670, this must runs cooler and slightly quiet.
     
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    our sample has been delayed, should be here tomorrow or so
     
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    I'm 100% with you but - unfortunately - little fans are never silent, so whenever I met a short/small card, i always had to mod the fan/cooling to make its noise output acceptable:(
     
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    Your probably right ... tho realistically it SHOULD be cheaper since it uses less material. Too bad manufacturers never look at it that way. They'll give some bogus story about how they had to change the molds in the factory and hire new workers.
     
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    This is about the same size as my GeForce 5500 from years ago!
    Excellent work ASUS
     
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    That's what SHE said!




    Sorry, couldn't resist...
     
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    Now to wait for the 4GB version and snatch up three or four of them...
     
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    Keeping an eye out for the review on this card.
    Will be very interesting to see the result comparison with the 'mandingo' sized 670s.
     
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    Launched? i don't see it anywhere!
     
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    how adorable :p
     
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    Well if you put them in SLI they make the classic toast...
     
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    Can you imagine if that's how the 670 looked originally when they went on sale for $400? I never could get past the fan that hung off the pcb.
     
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    Card just arrived
     
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