Asus has, predictably, brought its 'Mini' design to the latest-generation Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, publicising the 170mm-long GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini over the weekend.
As with its GTX 760 DirectCU Mini and GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, the GTX 970 DirectCU Mini has as its main feature a vapour-chamber cooling system claimed to offer a 20 per cent temperature reduction over the stock cooler at a considerably lower noise level while shaving some length off the board. All told, the new dual-slot model is just 170mm long - perfect for system builders looking to pack considerable graphics grunt into small form factor packages without, at least to hear Asus tell it, sacrificing noise or performance.
The specifications have been confirmed as slightly higher than stock, with a base clock of 1,088MHz boosting to 1,228MHz and an effective memory clock of 7,010MHz. Naturally, the GPU itself remains the same as any other GeForce GTX 970 family: 1,664 CUDA processing cores with a 256-bit memory interface. As well as a vent for the integrated cooler, the two-slot-wide rear panel includes DVI-I and DVI-D connectivity along with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort outputs. Power comes via a single eight-pin PCI Express connector, while there's an SLI connector for those looking to pack more than one of the cards into their system.
Sadly for those looking to pick up one or more of the diminutive boards, Asus has yet to formally announce pricing and availability. Although the product page, spotted by PC Perspective
over the weekend, has gone live, it has not been accompanied by an official press release or product launch statement from the company.
More information is available on the official product page