Asus Debuts Mini-ITX GTX 970

Posted by at 11:17 am on December 2, 2014

GTX 970 DirectCU Mini

Asus has let slip its GTX 970 DirectCU Mini display card. Without fanfare, the company has published the product page for this unit.

With he strong  DirectCU Mini cooler, Asus has clocked its card at 1088 MHz, with a Boost clock of 1228 MHz.

Note that the reference GTX 970 cards run at 1050 MHz and Boost at 1178 MHz. The 4 GB of memory on the card remains at reference frequencies, running at 7.0 GHz over a 256-bit memory interface.

The cooler design isn’t much different from the GTX 760 DirectCU Mini or the GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, except that it now comes with a backplate.  Being a Mini-ITX card, it is only 17 cm long.

GTX 970 DirectCU Mini back

Do note that it is slightly wider than most graphics cards, measuring 12.19 cm. It’s as thick as a standard dual-slot graphics card, and while some may complain that a backplate can cause suffocation issues with multi-GPU configurations, then again you can only add one graphics card into a Mini-ITX system.

For display outputs, Asus has packed the card with a single DisplayPort 1.2 interface, HDMI 2.0, and DVI-I and DVI-D ports.

At the time of this posting Asus did not disclose pricing or  rerelease date.

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