ASUS & GIGABYTE Prep Mini-ITX GeForce GTX 1660 Super Cardsby Anton Shilov on November 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST
Last week NVIDIA introduced its latest GeForce GTX 1660 Super performance mainstream GPU. There are plenty of designs to chose from, and both ASUS and GIGABYTE are now set to offer small form factor designs.
ASUS has two new GeForce GTX 1660 Super boards that are 17.4 centimeters (6.9 inches) long. The ASUS Phoenix PH-GTX1660S-6G and Phoenix PH-GTX1660S-O6G cards are based on NVIDIA’s TU116 GPU with 1408 CUDA cores, carry 6 GB of GDDR6 memory, share the same PCB design with one 8-pin auxiliary PCIe power connector, feature three display outputs (DVI-D, DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b), and use the same dual-slot cooling system with one dual ball bearing fan. The only difference between the two are their clocks and even they are pretty close: up to 1815 MHz vs 1830 MHz in OC mode.
GIGABYTE has a more 'canonical' GeForce GTX 1660 Super Mini ITX OC 6G (GV-N166SIXOC-6GD) board that is exactly 17 centimeters long. The card has NVIDIA’s TU116 GPU clocked at up to 1800 MHz, 6 GB of 14 Gpbs GDDR6 RAM, uses a dual-slot single-fan cooler with a heat pipe that can stop the fan in idle mode, has an 8-pin PCIe power connector, and offers four display outputs (DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b).
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Cards for Mini-ITX|
|Core Clock||1530 MHz||1530 MHz (?)|
|Boost Clock||1785 MHz||1815 MHz||1830 MHz||1800 MHz|
|Memory Clock||14 Gbps GDDR6|
|Memory Bus Width||192-bit|
|Single Precision Perf.||5 TFLOPS||~5 TFLOPS|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 12nm "FFN"|
|Launch Date||10/29/2019||Q4 2019|
All three graphics cards are listed at ASUS’ and GIGABYTE’s websites, so expect them to be available shortly. Pricing wise, they should not be much more expensive than NVIDIA’s $229 MSRP for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super.
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PeachNCream - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkModern half height cards are GT 1030 sorts which are what most people would consider insufficient as gaming GPUs for anything modern. Although someone with modest needs pushing lower resolutions would probably have no problems running some games, I do agree that we need more development at the small end of the spectrum.
Samus - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - linkI think the card needs a blower, too, which would make it skinnier. ITX builds usually benefit from blower-coolers as there isn't a lot of airflow in the case to exhaust the heat these cards produce.
Showtime - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - linkNot always true. Most newer ITX cases do better with a traditional fan layout, or dual fan than blowers. As long as the side panels are vented, there's enough fresh air for this design to work well.
These cards are perfect for tiny gaming rigs IMO.
Samus - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkEvery ITX case I've owned overheated with any videocard that wasn't a blower, from the Silverstone FT03-Mini to the Lian Li "Tub" TU100B
When volume is in shortage, it's most ideal to eject the heat out of the case, not into it.
Death666Angel - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkmITX isn't really a measurement of case size anymore. I know mITX cases that are larger than some of my ATX cases. You can have mITX cases with 2 or more 120/140 mm fans and then you don't need blower style heatsinks for your GPU. But you can also have cases with no or just one 80 mm fan and then a blower style with a good ventilation cutout can be golden. That is really not dependent on the motherboard form factor but rather the case design in general.
Showtime - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkAt the SFF reddit, it's 20 liters regardless of the designation. At around 20 liters and less, there smallest Micro ATX cases (around 15 liters).
This list is a great source, but new cases pop up all the time, and some cases are hard to find.
Showtime - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkI was gonna mention brands like Lian Li who haven't figured out how to do ITX cases. Solid Aluminum looks nice, but is bad for temps in all sizes. Go look at some of the newer ITX designs from boutique to cheap cases at Ali Baba. Most newer ITX cases that can fit video cards, are perforated nicely. My 17 liter (on large size) keeps my air cooled CPU at 55 while gaming, and usually my 1080 ti stays under 75. Blowers have their place, but is probably just the cheapest cooling they can think of. With air flow in, and out, a basic fan design works better.
CheapSushi - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - linkI wish they would just have half the metal of the PCI bracket. Instead of taking up two just for vents. Let the case PCI brackets be the vents. They're already included.
PeachNCream - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkWhy only one HDMI? Pretty much every panel that ships today has HDMI on it and outside of computing, its the One Ring of video interfaces. DVI never really supplanted VGA over its lifespan and DP is a computer-only thing.
TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - linkBecause HDMI has a license and DP dos not and converting from DP to HDMI is easy