Many of us were impressed with pint-sized performance of the AMD Radeon R9 Nano, which packs quite a punch with an MSRP of $499 (although you can find it for as low as $460 if you look hard enough). But there’s a new performance-per-watt king in town with the arrival of Pascal, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is proving to be quite a formidable graphics powerhouse.
To that end, Gigabyte has unveiled its new GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC, which packs all the power of NVIDIA’s latest GPU in a card that measures just 17cm. Gigabyte has designed a custom cooling system for the tiny graphics card, using a single 90mm fan and three copper composite heat pipes. Each of the three heat pipes directly touch the GPU for improved heat dissipation and to keep temperatures low (after all, we’re working with just one fan here instead of the usual two or three for third-party cards).
Despite the compact dimensions of the GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC, it gives up nothing when it comes to performance. Whereas the standard GeForce GTX 1070 has base and boost clocks of 1506 MHz and 1683 MHz respectively, Gigabyte’s offering comes clocked at 1531 MHz and 1721 MHz respectively in Gaming Mode. Turn on OC Mode and watch the base clock creep up to 1556 MHz while the boost clock inches to 1746 MHz.
If you’ve read Marco’s excellent review of the GeForce GTX 1070, then you already know that the card kicks some Radeon R9 Nano booty. The NVIDIA card dominated the Radeon R9 Nano in nearly every performance category. Throw in the higher clock speeds of the GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC versus stock, and the performance gap will only grow.
Unfortunately, we don’t have pricing or availability information at this time for the GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC (for reference, the GeForce GTX 1070 has an MSRP of $379 or $449 for the Founder’s Edition). We’ve reached out to Gigabyte and will update the story when we have additional information for you.