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Asus Working On Smaller GTX 670 With DirectCU Cooler

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Asus is working on a smaller version of a GTX 670 that will still have a DirectCU cooler.

Asus is working on a smaller version of the GTX 670, which is for mini-ITX systems that need more graphics power than what's otherwise available.

Nvidia's reference design for the GTX 670 was already quite short, but many manufacturers chose to put bigger coolers on it anyways, where a lot of the rear of the card is just plastic. Regardless, Asus has designed its own custom PCB, which is just 17 cm long. Not only this, but Asus also designed a custom DirectCU Mini cooler, which is not only shorter in length, but is also only a two slot cooler rather than a massive three slot cooler. Lastly, the card only has a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, allowing users to use just a single PCIe power cable. It's hard to imagine such a beastly amount of graphics power in such a cute little card.

Asus is still figuring out if there is a market for this card, so there is no word yet on pricing or availability.

 

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    lp231 , March 8, 2013 9:24 PM
    GabZDKHow is ASUS exactly getting away with one 6-pin??I mean, that has to have an impact on performance, right??


    That's actually a 8 pin, not 6 pin.
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    Spooderman , March 8, 2013 9:14 PM
    I always looked at the PCB for the 670 and thought "Wow, that's small!" The coolers they had always overhung the PCB for cooling purposes, but it always amazed me that a 670 could be about the size of a 640 or a 630 (not counting width here) Looking at this article makes we want one now that it's more practically sized for something like an HTPC.
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    kitsunestarwind , March 8, 2013 9:28 PM
    Looks like I have found myself a new GPU upgrade for my Mini-ITX system
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  • 17 Hide
    Spooderman , March 8, 2013 9:14 PM
    I always looked at the PCB for the 670 and thought "Wow, that's small!" The coolers they had always overhung the PCB for cooling purposes, but it always amazed me that a 670 could be about the size of a 640 or a 630 (not counting width here) Looking at this article makes we want one now that it's more practically sized for something like an HTPC.
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    lp231 , March 8, 2013 9:24 PM
    GabZDKHow is ASUS exactly getting away with one 6-pin??I mean, that has to have an impact on performance, right??


    That's actually a 8 pin, not 6 pin.
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    gamingboy , March 8, 2013 9:24 PM
    This would kick ass for a living room gaming PC.
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    kitsunestarwind , March 8, 2013 9:28 PM
    Looks like I have found myself a new GPU upgrade for my Mini-ITX system
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    seinfeld , March 8, 2013 9:48 PM
    finally they are making the cards higher. instead of longer. all cases have the same height for cards. its just the length between cases is different. so it makes sense to go this way!
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    hakesterman , March 8, 2013 9:56 PM
    " How is ASUS exactly getting away with one 6-pin?? I mean, that has to have an impact on performance, right?? "

    It's an 8 Pin connector not a 6 pin and no it won't effect it because it draws the rest of the power needed through the motherboard PCI slot.
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    spentshells , March 8, 2013 10:50 PM
    That pic is pretty sweet!
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    nieur , March 8, 2013 11:42 PM
    as AMD and nVIDIA are not releasing next line of their graphic cards.So to maintain the sells manufacturers are
    forced to do something different
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    UltimateDeep , March 9, 2013 12:30 AM
    The next Video Card(s) I would like to see in such a small factor would be an nVidia GTX 680, GTX 690, GTX Titan, AMD Radeon 7970 (GHz) Edition, AMD 7950 (Boost)....and When the hell is AMD releasing the Radeon 7990?!
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    downhill911 , March 9, 2013 12:48 AM
    ASUS is a really nice brand, they have good range of products and have a lot of innovative ideas being used in real word.
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    jcurry23 , March 9, 2013 2:58 AM
    He just lost his man card by saying "It's hard to imagine such a beastly amount of graphics power in such a CUTE little card."
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    Au_equus , March 9, 2013 3:28 AM
    Why can't they just make them small in the first place?
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    cobra5000 , March 9, 2013 4:46 AM
    Darn, i was hoping for a single-slot card. I do like the single power cable, though.
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    f-14 , March 9, 2013 5:11 AM
    since nobody else has addressed it yet, HEAT and mini-ITX that cooler is mostly covered and the only part i can see appears to vent alot of that HEAT right where the CPU will suck it in, this is going to cause major havoc in these poorly ventilated systems.

    i don't know why they ever got away from the old flat top vcr looking form factor as this would actually be really slick if they guassed it up to look like a stereo receiver or dvd player.
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    rush21hit , March 9, 2013 10:09 AM
    GTX670 with custom smaller form factor? Damnit ASUS!! Release this already!
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    Pingypoker , March 9, 2013 3:47 PM
    They should make it low profile :3
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    Pingypoker , March 9, 2013 3:49 PM
    UltimateDeepand When the hell is AMD releasing the Radeon 7990?!


    They already have...
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    murzar , March 9, 2013 5:48 PM
    Overkill for an HTPC. Would be awesome for mini itx game boxes that have become popular lately.
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    acerace , March 10, 2013 1:40 AM
    PingypokerThey should make it low profile :3


    It'll be a very, very long card. Or least powerful.
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