Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.


The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

Deepcool Launches the Follower of Big Frost Cooler

Deepcool, a Chinese supplier of various cooling systems, is going to release a follower of Big Frost model that saw the light last July. The new product has been given an attribute 'Extreme Edition' and is currently codenamed Big Frost Extreme Edition. This cooler takes the basis of the predecessor, though still features some unique options.



Therefore, Big Frost Extreme Edition is distinguished by a nickel coverage of copper heat pipes and polished base surface that is in direct touch with CPU lid. Deepcool equips its cooler with two 120 mm fans (UF120) which are monitored by PWM controller. Their maximal rotational speed is estimated at 1500 r/m. Both fans ensure the utmost CPU cooling and proper airflow distribution.


According to the preliminary data claimed by the manufacturer, Big Frost Extreme Edition will be compatible with such desktop platforms as AMD FM1, FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+ and Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x.


One of the notable aspects ascribed to the …

Zotac to Release Low-Profile Version of GeForce GTX 650 Adapter

In September Zotac introduced its own version of GeForce GTX 650 graphics adapter. Now, after two months, the company announces its intentions to release a low-profile version of this adapter. Moreover, Zotac decided not to lose time on inventing an appropriate name for its card, but simply added the attribute LP (low-profile) to the existing name. Quite modest dimensions and lack of an additional power supply socket are not peculiar to adapters from GeForce GTX series, but Zotac is not embarrassed by this fact.



Graphics card Zotac GeForce GTX 650 LP is based on GK107 chip with 385 CUDA cores, developed on Kepler architecture (28 nm process). Due to its compact dimensions, it can be integrated into small-sized chassis of HTPC system. Despite the small PCB width, the card takes two expansion slots within the casing, since the height of cooler achieves the measure of 35-40 mm. The card's inventory includes 1024 MB GDDR5 memory with 128 bit interface, 32 texture blocks, and 16 …
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