When ASUS first launched their mini-ITX sized graphics cards, limited to 17cm for mini-ITX builds, my initial reaction was ‘why has no-one thought of this before?’. The idea has since been interpreted in a variety of ways, and this past week has seen the launch of the follow up to the 4GB GTX 970 DirectCU Mini with a 2GB GTX 960 Mini version, featuring a short cooler ideal for SFF builds. This is paired up with the Strix GTX 750 Ti 4GB with double fans at just a couple of centimetres longer than the Mini.

The GTX 960 Direct CU Mini (GTX960-MOC-2GD5) will come out of the box at 1190 MHz with an active boost up to 1253 MHz, featuring 1024 Maxwell CUDA cores and a 128-bit 2GB GDDR5 memory interface running at 7010 MHz (or 1752 MHz x 4). The card comes with three regular DisplayPort outputs, a HDMI 2.0 port and a DVI-I. Exact dimensions are listed as 170 x 122 x 40.6 mm (6.7 x 4.8 x 1.6-inch), and the card will come with GPU Tweak for overclocking as well as a 1 year XSplit Gamecaster licence.

The Strix GTX 750 Ti 4GB (STRIX-GTX750TI-DC2OC-4GD5) uses the Strix characteristic line of a DirectCU II mixed with zero-decibel fan technology which keeps the fans off under a given temperature. ASUS rates the cooler at 10ºC lower at load than the reference cooler while also claiming a 6-8% frame rate boost on games such as Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4. Exact specifications put the 640 CUDA core Maxwell card at an 1124 MHz base with 1202 MHz boost frequency, a 4GB 128-bit memory interface running at 5400 MHz (1350 MHz x 4), a regular DisplayPort, HDMI and a DVI-I. Dimensions are listed as 195.6 x 122 x 38.1 mm (7.7 x 4.8 x 1.5-inch), putting it 25.6 mm (about an inch) longer than the Mini range. Similarly the card will come with G-Sync support, GPU Tweak and this time with ASUS’ own streaming software.

As this is an announcement from over at ASUS ROG, pricing and release dates for markets are yet to be announced. Typically when the regional announcements are pushed through, dates and pricing will be mentioned. If we get this information we will update this news!

Source: ASUS ROG


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  • darkfalz - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    Obviously there is a segment of the market that still falls for this. It seems to be especially prevalent on notebooks - low end parts with 4GB slow VRAM. The only "logic" is that most modern engines employ texture streaming so the VRAM acts more like a texture cache than being used in total for rendering each scene. So I suppose it would reduce read times on slow Notebook HDDs. But for framerate much better to have either faster RAM or a faster GPU.
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - link

    No, the real problem is the 960 with only 2GB. 4GB VRAM should be the minimum for all GPUs in 2015.
  • tviceman - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    It's 2015, and you still think bus width size correlates to e-peen?
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - link

    There is only so much data that can be pushed through 128 bits, even with compression.
  • Samus - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

  • dragonsqrrl - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - link

    Oh dear, your comment makes it sound like you have no idea what you're talking about.
  • extide - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    Was there an article on the 970 mini? Amazon wants $750 for that sucker, WTF!
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    Blame a single 3rd party gouger being the only person to offer it on amazon. It's $353 on Newegg. That's $23 more than the cheapest 970 and $13 more than ASUS's cheapest card; IMO a reasonable surcharge for a low run part with a fair amount of custom engineering to design the more compact PCB.

  • TiGr1982 - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    It's not "ASUS GPUs", it's ASUS videocards, apparently. There are no such thing as "ASUS GPUs".
  • dstarr3 - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - link

    Really? A 750Ti with 4GB of memory? I really doubt that the memory is the bottleneck on that card. I mean, that's not a bad thing. The 750Ti is a budget card. It performs as it should. But no one should spring for a 4GB card that can only run games on medium.

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