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

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    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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    That thing is TINY, and it can support 3/4way? Do want :D
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    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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    This is the size the 670 should have been in the first place.
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    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!
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    "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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    Indeed. Considering the size of the PCB I think you're very right.
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    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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    Awww...
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    Nice to see i like these builds for my lan PC.
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    When I heard "Asus DirectCU" I automatically assumed that it would consume 3 slots and have a backplate. F*** me, right?
  13. btarunr

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    Final version could have a backplate. ASUS is yet to finalize cooler shroud design and other cosmetic things.
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    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.

    Well considering all 600 cards but the 680 2GB use two slots, yeah, fuck you. ;)
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    Very nice, can only hope gpu's get smaller in the future.
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    Very interesting card. I too like the 8-pin feature versus two 6-pins.
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    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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    w1z please post power consumption for these cards.
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    Really nice card.
    But that screaming ~80 mm fan kinda ruined it...
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    interesting that it needs only one 8 pin connector
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    Arnie voice "hello cutie pie"
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    With as cool as these cards run, I don't think it will be all that loud.
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    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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    How do you think anybody would have bought a tiny card for 400$?
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    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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