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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  • Daniel Egger - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - link

    If you spring for a new GPU you might as well take something quicker. Allows you to crank up the DSR resolution even higher than with the 750 Ti... Now if they'd only pull the stick out of their arses and get that darn driver fixed... Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - link

    The 960 would definitely be the bigger beneficiary of 4GB RAM...But those are slotted to come in March anyways. Reply
  • cramerican - Thursday, February 19, 2015 - link

    That Asus might inch out the EVGA 960 SC 02G-P4-2962-KR for shortest 960 card. I have the EVGA in an Elite 110 case, and every centimeter helps. Mine reports 1555 MHz core @ 8GHz DDR running Afterburner/Riva OSD, Furmark, Heaven, Farcry3 and 3DMark11. Furmark, Heaven and Farcry will peg at 1555 and stay there. 3DMark modulates the boost GPU clock, but never below 1500 MHz.

    I have a linear fan ramp that turns on at 30C / 30%. My fan is loud above 60%, never needs more than 50% to hold 60C under load, which is when stock cards are just turning on.
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  • meacupla - Thursday, February 19, 2015 - link

    What I'd like to see is a 960 low profile/half height.

    I know 750Ti LP exists, so I don't see why it can't be done with a 960.
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  • SyndromeOCZ - Sunday, March 1, 2015 - link

    This. I've got a 750 low profile and its great. I wish there were more low profile GPU's on the market. Low profile with 4 monitor support. Reply
  • Namisecond - Monday, April 20, 2015 - link

    Too much power. It's hard enough cooling a half height 750TI. The 960 has double the TDP. Reply
  • Ballist1x - Friday, February 20, 2015 - link

    Is this an article or an advert? Reply
  • cramerican - Friday, February 20, 2015 - link

    Do you walk to school or bring your lunch? Reply
  • Namisecond - Monday, April 20, 2015 - link

    Now, what I would like to see is what can Asus do for the single slot half-height form factor. :) Reply

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