Gigabyte will be releasing a mini-ITX version of the currently popular GeForce GTX 970, – the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Mini-ITX (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Since this is the first mini-ITX GTX 970 I’ve seen, I’m assuming that they are the first company to manufacture one. I’m guessing that other AIB might follow as well. The GV-N970IXOC-4GD is small and compact, but it still packs the same muscle power like its bigger brother. But how about its price? Check out below.
Meet the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Mini-ITX
The GeForce GTX 970 is one of the most popular (probably the most in demand) graphics card nowadays. It’s very competitive in terms of price/performance, and not only that, it also consumes less power. So it’s not really a surprise that we will be seeing a mini-ITX version soon.
Gigabyte has revealed the first GeForce GTX 970 Mini-ITX edition, and they are the first to have a small but powerful mini GTX 970 as well. Don’t belittle this small graphics card, despite having a smaller size, the GV-N970IXOC-4GD actually comes with a factory overclock settings.
It has a base clock speed of 1076MHz and boost clock speed of 1216MHz, which is a tad higher than the reference GTX 970. It draws its power from an 8 pin power connector and has a TDP of 145W. I’m guessing that the Gigabyte GTX 970 mini-ITX can still be overclocked further since it’s using an 8-pin instead of a 6-pin power connector.
It doesn’t have a kickass looking cooler shroud, but the Gigabyte Mini-ITX GTX 970 uses the same 85mm fan that its bigger G1 Gaming brothers has. There are three copper heatpipes (two 8mm and one 5mm) beneath the fan that are connected to the aluminum fins. According to Gigabyte, the GTX 970 mini-ITX can run around 62° degrees Celsius while running the Metro Last Light benchmark. That’s pretty much a full load if you ask me.
I don’t think that this one has a backplate but thankfully they are no longer using a blue PCB. Another good thing with this GTX 970 mini-ITX model is that Gigabyte has retained the 6 output display connectors despite its smaller size. You still get that three DisplayPort, two DVI ports and one HDMI port.
Price and Availability
The Gigabyte GTX 970 Mini-ITX GV-N970IXOC-4GD will not cost you more than the reference GTX 970. It has the same manufacturer’s suggested retail price as the reference GTX 970 which is only $329.99. Now that’s a great deal if you ask me. Usually mini-ITX variants tend to cost higher, but not this time. This model is also expected to become available by November 2014.
UPDATE: The Gigabyte GTX 970 Mini ITX 4GB GDDR5 is now available for only $359.99 and comes with one free game. Promo is valid until December 15 only. You can order one here. For UK visitors, you can order one here.
|Chipset||GeForce GTX 970|
|Core Clock||Base / Boost clock: 1076/ 1216 MHz|
|Process Technology||28 nm|
|Memory Size||4 GB|
|Memory Bus||256 bit|
|Card Bus||PCI-E 3.0|
|Digital max resolution||4096 X 2160|
|Analog max resolution||2048 x 1536|
|I/O||Dual-link DVI-I / DVI-D / DisplayPort*3 / HDMI*1|
|Card size||H=43, L=183, W=129 mm(include bracket)|
|Power requirement||400W(with one 8-pin external power connectors)|