Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 delivers good all-around performance in an incredibly power-efficient package, so it was only a matter of time before Asus made a version for small-form-factor systems. Say hello to the appropriately named GeForce GTX 960 Mini:
At just 6.7" long, the Mini matches the dimensions of the Mini-ITX motherboard form factor. But it's also 4.8" tall, which means a fair bit of the cooler pokes out above the expansion slot bracket. The taller profile may complicate clearances in tighter enclosures, especially since the cooler occupies dual slots.
Despite being a few inches shorter than typical GTX 960 cards, the Mini still has a hot-clocked GPU. Its 1190MHz base and 1253MHz boost frequencies are a healthy step up from the 1126/1178MHz defaults, though they're somewhat lower than the speeds offered by some full-sized variants. The 2GB memory configuration doesn't deviate from the stock specs.
What else? The card has a metal plate on the back, a six-pin PCIe power connector on the top edge, and a full selection of outputs on the expansion bracket. Like with full-sized variants, outputs include DVI, HDMI, and three DisplayPort.
As far as I can tell, this is the only true Mini-ITX version of the GTX 960 announced to date. Although Gigabyte makes a compact GTX 960 of its own, that card is slightly larger at 7.1" long and 5.4" tall. It's also slightly slower, with 1165MHz base and 1228MHz boost clocks.
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