Not that long ago, NVidia has represented new generation graphic adapters powered by the processors of Maxwell architecture – GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. One of their outstanding features is low TDP. High energy efficiency is Maxwell devices’ advantage. Apparently, it inspirited Gigabyte to creating Mini-ITX alternative of GTX 970 with GV-N970IXOC-4GD model number.
In all likelihood, there are certain things Gigabyte had to give up to build Mini-ITX. Among them are cooler and VRM circuitry, which are not worked out to the extent as one would like them to be. However, it does not refer to the card’s overclocking: its basic frequency is 1.076 MHz, while boost frequency is 1.216 MHz. By comparison, NVidia’s GTX 970 has the rate of running at 1.051 MHz and 1.178 MHz correspondingly. It is the evidence that the novelty’s design by Gigabyte is functional. Besides, Mini-ITX possesses 8-pin PCI-Express power connector.
The card’s cooler is similar to WindForce 3X one (it preserves aluminum fin array, in particular) with the only difference: it is equipped with only one fan instead of three. In addition, Mini-ITX takes over the unique Triangle Cool design, used for producing cooling desired. The fin array gets warmth through a 5 mm heat pipe and two pipes of 8 mm. Also, Gigabyte has assured that the card operates at 62° C.
The card by Gigabyte has two slots. Still, it is rather narrow – 12 cm wide - if to compare it with the cards by ASUS and MSI, for example. It is equipped with three DisplayPorts, two DVI ones and one HDMI port.
Good news is that such an effective and powerful device is not expensive; it will be possible to buy such for $329.99 since November 2014.