Author: Bob Buskirk
Mini-ITX systems are becoming extremely popular. Especially with with popularity of cases like the BitFenix Prodigy and Fractal Design’s Node 304. This issue with many of these mini-ITX cases is that you are not able to fit a full-sized performance video card inside. This is about to change as ASUS is working on their own GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Most GTX 670′s do have a smaller 6.75″ (~17cm) PCB, but they have larger coolers that exceed that size.
ASUS has gone ahead and developed a cooling system, which they are dubbing DirectCU Mini, which fits the GTX 670 perfect at the 6.75″ (~17cm) size. The is the exact same length as a mini-ITX board. The DirectCU Mini cooling system has a patent-pending fan design and vapor chamber, which ASUS says enables the full DirectCU cooling potential in a smaller space.
The dual slot card will also feature ASUS’s Super Alloy Power components, which last up to 2.5x longer than reference parts. If this is not just a design off of a reference card then I would expect possibly a slight frequency bump on the card. We will have to see when the card officially launches. Np word on when that will be yet.