Gigabyte unveils mini-ITX GeForce GTX 970, doesn't skimp on performance

By Shawn Knight
Oct 23, 2014
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  1. Moving from a full-size ATX computer to a microATX or even a miniITX system oftentimes means you have to make compromises, especially in the area of gaming. Gigabyte, however, aims to keep small form factor users in the game with...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,883   +638

    I wonder if they could pull this off with a 980 ;)
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,320   +262

    Holy crap, this appeals to my very soul of building ITX computers... this is so bad I want one right now and the connectivity is a dream... to replace my watercooled GTX570 or hold off for my complete rebuild... hnnnnnng.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    For me, in most cases, when I was investigated, a half-length card isn't much more useful than a full length card, as the case either supports full length dual slot cards or single slot expansion cards...Idk. I guess its still nice to have the extra room in a case that supports full length cards though?
  5. Sochsun

    Sochsun TS Rookie

    Man, this is great. I've been trying to convince my friend who has an old system that's been looking to upgrade to finally pull the trigger, and he's been in the eternal battle of performance and space requirements (since he's looking to get rid of his full tower and move to an almost HTPC set up). He's been worried about loss of gaming ability, but this is just the product for him. Sendingthe link right now.
  6. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 699   +164

    Alright, I'll finally say it, Maxwell is pretty cool.
  7. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    I assume you mean in a standard mid-sized or larger case? For compact Mini-ITX systems (which this card is designed for) this is amazing.

    It is more useful in the sense that it will actually fit and allow a small compact gaming system to pack a lot of punch!
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    I was referring to mini-itx. In most cases I had seen, the case either supported a small, single slot explansion card (HTPC cases) or full size double slot cards where it wouldnt matter if it wasent as long (CM elite 130, etc). I haven't actually seen a case that wanted shorter, double slot cards. Correct me im wrong :p
    It is nice though. Id like to see some more console-shaped/sized MATX cases come out of these things though :I
  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    Ohh right I see what you are saying but there are plenty of good Mini-ITX cases that support shorter dual-slot cards such as the Xigmatek Nebula.

    Even with our modification the longest/most powerful graphics card we could get in there at the time was a GTX 760.

    Most newer Mini-ITX cases have been made slightly bigger to accommodate bigger cards. Hopefully with the arrival of this Gigabyte card we will see truly compact Mini-ITX cases that can hang with the big boys.
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  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    Quick update. I asked Gigabyte for a sample and they say they are not sampling this card and probably won't. Seems odd but that is from the horses mouth.

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