Super-small, superclocked GTX 970s mingle at Zotac


— 3:53 PM on January 8, 2015

Yesterday, SilverStone showed us one way to stuff a high-end graphics card into a Mini-ITX case. Zotac has now demonstrated another approach. Behold the GTX 970 Single Fan, a shrunken version of Nvidia's enthusiast wonder:

This prototype is only 6.8" long, compared to around 10-11" for full-fledged GTX 970 variants. (Nvidia doesn't produce a reference GTX 970 design, so exact specs vary.) It draws power from a single six-pin PCIe connector instead of two, and it has an SLI connector that enables two-way configs.

Zotac is staying mum on other specifics, such as clock speeds, availability, and pricing for a potential production version. I'm sure we'll see this thing in stores eventually, though. Gigabyte successfully commercialized a similarly shrunken GTX 970 last year; it's selling at Newegg for $339.99.

Zotac is also cooking up the GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, which takes things to the other extreme. We already talked about this monster earlier this week, but we now know a little more, including the fact that it's due out later this month with a $379-389 price tag.

The GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition runs at 1228MHz with a 1380MHz Boost speed, quite a ways up from the 1050/1178MHz reference frequencies specified by Nvidia. Zotac also clocks the card's 4GB of GDDR5 memory at 7.2 GT/s instead of the reference 7 GT/s. Rounding out the package are an impressive triple-slot cooler and dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

At $379-389, the card will be a fair bit more expensive than stock-clocked variants of the GTX 970, which typically start at $330. The speed difference may be worth it, though, especially since we've found that superclocked GTX 970 cards nip at the heels of the $550+ GeForce GTX 980.

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