Asus Announces SFF-Friendly GTX 670 DirectCU Mini
With all this Steambox talk, there’s more chatter than ever when it comes to Small Form-Factor (SFF) PC gaming. Sure, a massive tower is right at home in your office, but your home theater setup might look better with a smaller machine next to the cable box. There’s no shortage of SFF motherboards and cases, but high-performance GPUs aren’t known for being small. That’s about to change, however, thanks to the forward-thinking folks over at Asus.
Asus is giving the SFF crowd something to cheer about with its latest creation, the GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. The Mini has the same power found in the full-size GTX 670 – no watering down here – but in small, SFF-friendly package. Posted on the Asus ROG blog: “The GTX 670 DirectCU Mini features all the same game crushing power as a full-fat GTX 670, but squeezed into a dual-slot width card only 17cm [6.69 inches] long. That’s the same width of a mini-ITX board. This reduction in size makes it perfect where portability is key, such as a LAN system, or small size such as a home theater PC.” So anyone lucky enough to pick this card up will still get that lovely GK104 chip with 1,344 CUDA cores and a 915 MHz operating frequency (assuming Asus does no overclocking, which is up in the air right now).
As Asus points out in its blog post, the GTX 670 has always had a shorter PCB board than it’s bigger brother, the GTX 680. That shorter board has always been paired with a larger cooling solution, so there’s never been any size advantage. See for yourself below, as the back of a stock eVGA GTX 670 shows the size difference between the cooler and board (original image via Newegg).
The GTX 670 DirectCU Mini is still in the “testing and tweaking” phase, and the launch date is TBA.