Asus Launches GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphics Card
The CoolTech Fan provides wide-angle airflow and venting to cool critical components of the graphics card.Computer manufacturer Asus announced the launch of the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, a compact high-performance graphics card designed for small-form-factor PCs with mini ITX motherboards. Mini ITX boards can often be passively cooled due to their low-power-consumption architecture, which makes them useful for home theater PC systems, where fan noise can detract from the cinema experience. The GTX 670 uses an exclusive DirectCU thermal design that combines a heat-spreading vapor chamber and the CoolTech Fan, which provides wide-angle airflow and venting to cool critical graphics card components. Super Alloy Power capacitors, chokes and metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) are hardened against heat and stress, averaging 2.5 times the lifespan of generic parts, according to a company release, while the card uses Direct Power technology to bridge power delivery components and the GPU for a cleaner and more efficient power supply. The dual-slot card, which measures just 17cm, features the Nvidia GTX 670 graphics processing unit (GPU) for DirectX 11.1-compatible gaming.
Asus has redesigned the DirectCU cooler to fit small-form-factor cases and introduced a copper vapor chamber placed directly on top of the GPU for faster heat spreading and dispersal with 20 percent lower temperatures.