A noticeable trend in the current desktop ecosystem is towards the small, as evidenced by the Intel NUC and successes of mini-ITX products like the BitFenix Prodigy.  Users, gamers and enthusiasts all want something powerful in a physically small envelope, and while we have cases and motherboards that match this sort of size, the GPU ecosystem has been slow to accommodate.  Sure, larger mITX cases like the Prodigy exist, and users can select between a beefy GPU or hard drive bays, but what if you want both?  Insert the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, debuted on the ROG Forums.

With the Mini, we have a GTX 670 on a mini-ITX sized (17cm) PCB, featuring a stunted version of the DirectCU cooler.  Instead of two 6-pin connectors we get a single 8-pin, but still get five outputs covering the range of analog and digital options (except mDP).

Apparently ASUS only has one of these back at HQ as they are testing the idea, and these pictures may not represent the final product.  But it does come under the heading of ‘things to look forward to’ and may generate a trend towards more products of a similar line from other manufacturers.

No word on release or pricing (or how much noise it may produce), but I would not be surprised if it comes out at just above the reference models in order to recoup some R&D.

Source: ROG Forums

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  • marc1000 - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    there is also the Zotac GTX660 that is a nice GPU under 17cm. it is not as powerfull as a gtx670, but is available outside of asia. but anyway, the smaller form-factors are a great trend.

    I like it a lot, and would have a Tiki myself if money (and living in other country) weren't a limiting factor.
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  • aguilpa1 - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    I don't see why this wouldn't work great. I got a GTX660 for work to run 4 monitors and I was surprised at how much of the card was wasted space and plastic shroud just jutting out to the side. It looks like they just consolidated the design and moved the cooler over. It shouldn't be much different than the regular one. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    Good catch; the gallery picture only shows 4 (2xDVI, 1xHDMI, 1xDP) so I assume it's a typo. Reply
  • IanCutress - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    One of the DVI is DVI-I, so with an adapter can do VGA as well. Do we count that as 5 outputs but only 4 connectors? Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    Only if you can us a Y adapter to actually get DVI and VGA out at the same time. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Friday, March 08, 2013 - link

    It has 5 outputs though. That doesn't mean you can use all 5 all the time. But that's always been the case. Just because you had 5 connectors on the back of your card or 4 on the motherboard does not mean you can use 4/5 monitors at the same time. Reply
  • extide - Saturday, March 09, 2013 - link

    No... it only has 4.... look at the pics lol. Reply
  • vicbdn - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    That cooler doesn't seem particularly suited for m-itx enclosures. Would be better if it was a blower and vented out the back... Reply
  • SithSolo1 - Thursday, March 07, 2013 - link

    Blower coolers by design are longer than the pcb so they can blow across the entire card. You cant have it both ways. Short card overall or blower style cooler, choose one. Reply
  • praeses - Friday, March 08, 2013 - link

    If they ditched the second DVI port and replaced it with more venting to allow it to breathe better I would be more interested. If it's designed to live in a cramped area, it needs decent airflow without getting to noisy. I believe most people are interested in 2 or 3 displays anyways. Reply

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