GIGABYTE has also stepped on to the mini-ITX graphics cards wagon by launching GeForce GTX 970 ITX. The company has managed to stuff raw Maxwell performance in to a really small factor and increase the competition for ASUS and MSI. GeForce GTX 970 packs a GM204 GPU and 4 GB GDDR5 memory.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 ITX; Maxwell, 8-pin PCIe, 4GB VRAM and Factory OC
GIGABYTE GTX 970 ITX (model number: GV-N970IXOC-4GD) features Maxwell based GM204-200 GPU equipped with 1164 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs and 64 ROPs. It comes with 4 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit memory interface. Thanks to Maxwell’s power efficient architecture and TDP rating of just 145 W, GIGABYTE has managed to overclock the ITX version with a single fan cooler.
GeForce GTX 970 ITX features a modest overclock with the GPU core clocked at 1076 MHz with GPU Boost up to 216 MHz while the memory remains at stock 7000 MHz. The GPU might have the potential for further tweaking but in the end the cooler might become a bottleneck. GTX 970 ITX draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
The base of the design is taken from the beast WindForce 3x cooler but with only a single fan approach limited by the form factor. The cooler comes with 8 mm and 5 mm heatpipes dissipating heat away from the GPU moving through the aluminum fin stack which is then cooled by the 92 mm fan.
GIGABYTE provided some promising numbers in terms of temperature. GeForce GTX 970 ITX manages to remain at 62 degrees C while playing Metro Last Night which is astonishing compared to the reference design. Obviously, different setups have a different effect on the cooling performance but if these numbers are to be believed then it is quite good.
Zero compromises were made when it comes to the display outputs. Further adding to the positives, GIGABYTE has priced the card quite aggressively at $329 which can be a deal maker for many. It is expected to hit the stores early in November.
Source: Toms Hardware