Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 | Maximum PC

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Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized biteIt’s not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We’ll find out when we get our hands on Gigabyte’s mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970 GV-N970IXOC-4GD. Though it’s tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte’s mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.Nvidia’s reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte’s overclock isn’t anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.According to TomsHardware, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There’s an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.Apparently it works — Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that’s short on space with limited airflow.Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.

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