MSI Aero ITX graphics cards put Pascal in petite places


— 2:30 PM on February 16, 2017

MSI's on a roll with the teensy graphics cards today, it seems. The company set up product pages for a half-dozen Aero ITX cards packing Pascal GPUs. There are two cards riffing on the GeForce GTX 1070, two cards based on the GTX 1060 6GB, and then a card each for the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. While past MSI Aero cards have been reference-esque blower designs, these new Aero ITX designs are smaller and trade the centrifugal-fan design of their siblings for heatsink shrouds with a single axial fan.


GeForce GTX 1070 Aero ITX 8G OC

The GTX 1070 Aero ITX cards come in two versions: a standard version with reference 1506-MHz base and 1683-MHz boost speeds, and a clock-boosted OC edition with 1531-MHz base and 1721-MHZ boost rates. 


GeForce GTX 1060 Aero ITX 6G OC

The Aero ITX GTX 1060 6GB likewise comes in two versions. The base model comes clocked at 1506-MHz base and 1708-MHz boost speeds, while the OC edition boasts 1544-MHz base and 1759-MHz boost clocks.

Both the GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 1070 in this family sport a special MSI Torx fan that the company says will increase airflow by using a mixture of divoted and smooth fan blades. The GTX 1070 gets a bigger fan, while the less power-hungry GTX 1060 6GB uses a smaller spinner. Whichever of these cards you choose, you get a pair of HDMI ports, two DisplayPort connectors, and a DVI output, too.


GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Aero ITX 4G OC

The Aero ITX GTX 1050s skip the Torx fan. Like most GP107-based cards, they also have no need for an extra power connector. Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti come in clock-boosted models only: 1404-MHz base and 1518-MHz boost speeds for the GTX 1050, and 1341-MHz base and 1455-MHz boost speeds for the GTX 1050 Ti. The GTX 1050 Aero ITX comes with 2GB of memory, while the GTX 1050 Ti has 4GB.

The two cards based on the GeForce GTX 1070 are the largest of this bunch, at 7.2" long x 5.7" tall x 1.6" deep (or 18.4 cm x 14.4 cm x 4 cm). The GTX 1060s drop a few cubic inches, and measure 6.9" x 4.5" x 1.5" (17.5 cm x 11.5 cm x 3.8 cm). Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards are just ever-so-slightly smaller at 6.1" x 4.4" x 1.45" (15.5 cm x 11.2 cm x 3.7 cm).

The cards aren't up at e-tail yet, at least in the 'states. While there's no specific pricing info yet, we'd expect these cards to be fairly affordable given the prices on previous-generation Aero offerings.

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