ASUS Finalizes Mini-ITX System Friendly GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 3, 2013 - 10:14 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, mini-itx, gtx 670, GK104, directcu mini, asus

ASUS has finalized the design for its Kepler-based DirectCU Mini graphics card. The new card combines NVIDIA's GTX 670 GPU and reference PCB with ASUS' own power management technology and a new, much smaller, air cooler. The new ASUS cooler has allowed the company to offer a card that is a mere 17cm long. Compared to traditional GTX 670 graphics cards with coolers at approximately 24cm, the DirectCU Mini is noticeably smaller.

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The DirectCU Mini features a GTX 670 GPU clocked at 928MHz base and 1,006MHz boost. It also has 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus. The card requires a single 8-pin PCI-E power connector. Video outputs include two DVI, one DisplayPort, and a single HDMI port. The ASUS cooler includes a copper vapor chamber and a single CoolTech fan. According to ASUS, the DirectCU Mini is up to 20% cooler and slightly quieter than previous GTX 670 cards despite the smaller form factor.

This new card will be a great addition to Mini-ITX-based systems where saving space anyway possible is key. It is nice to know that gamers will soon have the option of powering a small form factor LAN box with a GPU as fast as the GTX 670. Even better, water cooling enthusiasts will be happy to know that the card still uses a reference PCB, meaning it is compatible with existing water blocks made for the current crop of GTX 670 cards.

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Pricing and availability have not been announced, but the small form factor-friendly GPU is now official and should be coming sometime soon.

Read more about the GTX 670 and Mini-ITX at PC Perspective.

Source: Fudzilla
April 3, 2013 | 10:46 AM - Posted by Daniel Meier (not verified)

Gotta say, thats the cutest graphics card i have ever seen.

April 3, 2013 | 11:17 AM - Posted by prodeous (not verified)

Totally agreed.

April 3, 2013 | 11:57 AM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

really nice powerful card for tight fitting oem cases like HP or Dell... most of the time you are forced to install a GTX 650Ti because of space restrictions. This is much better.

April 3, 2013 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How are temps on this thing?

Is it just same card with everything crammed into a tighter space? Or is there some new optimisations?

Support SLI?

April 3, 2013 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The article states 20% cooler.

April 5, 2013 | 12:07 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It should support the same SLI modes as the existing GTX 670s :). Apparently, it is up to 20% cooler, though there are no independent reviews out yet.

April 3, 2013 | 01:12 PM - Posted by Lightymikey (not verified)

Why isn't it pink? It kinda looks like a toy.

April 3, 2013 | 01:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That's not pink. Adjust your monitor. :P It's red.

April 3, 2013 | 01:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Scratch that. Misread on my part. >.<;

April 3, 2013 | 11:59 PM - Posted by mtcn77

I like the fan on that thing. Nice aerodynamics, fancy.

April 4, 2013 | 01:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How would this compare to a 660 Ti ?

April 4, 2013 | 03:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Its jsut as fast a a regular 670, most likely clsoest to the Asus 670 directCU ||

June 21, 2013 | 08:28 AM - Posted by LJ (not verified)

I hope they do one of these for the 770 Ti when it's released, even better a watercooled model in this size would be fantastic.

August 7, 2013 | 10:38 AM - Posted by TT (not verified)

Does anyone know what heatsink/cooling system the Asus motherboard is using in the reference picture? Im picking one up soon and am looking for a slim cooling setup like that.

October 27, 2013 | 02:11 PM - Posted by suau (not verified)

just stumbled over this, it's a Noctua NH-L9i

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