In an effort to capitalize on the gaming market’s continual shift towards smaller form factors, ASUS has shown off a concept which packs a full power GTX 670 into onto a miniscule PCB.
For the time being, images shown of ASUS’ GTX 670 DirectCU Mini only show an early engineering sample but there’s plenty of potential. It features a GK104 core with all the capabilities of a full power GTX 670, shoehorned onto a PCB that’s a mere 6 ¾” long. This allows ASUS’ upcoming card to fit into most mini-ITX SFF cases, provided they allow for dual slot expansion cards.
Ironically, NVIDIA’s reference GTX 670 is already designed around a 6 ¾” PCB but it utilizes a much larger cooling assembly, thus pushing its length outside of small form factor compatibility. Even custom versions of the GTX 670 have included relatively expansive heatsinks but ASUS is looking to buck this trend with a compact version of their DirectCU technology.
Unlike past DirectCU coolers, this one allows for flow-through air movement through the use of a single axial fan sitting atop a vapor chamber equipped heatsink. Supposedly, this allows ASUS to keep the core’s temperatures under tight control without sacrificing acoustics.
Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t know anything else about this pint sized graphics card but testing is supposedly ongoing so the design may change.
Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.