Want a gaming PC that doesn’t take up a lot of space? Companies like Zotac and Gigabyte have been offering compact models for a while. Or you could build your own by picking up a mini-ITX motherboard, a small case, and stuffing it with the best hardware you can fit into a small space.

Up until recently, there was one major constraint for folks that wanted to use a graphics card with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 technology though: they didn’t typically fit into a mini ITX chassis.

Now Gigabyte’s got a new model that should. It’s called the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITG 8G, and it measures just 16.9cm (6.7 inches) long. Sure, that means the graphics card alone is bigger than some mini PCs. But it’s still pretty small for a GTX 1080 card.

Gigabyte’s PXIe graphics card features GTX 1080 graphics with 8GB of memory and a 90mm fan plus copper composite heat pipes to help keep the system from overheating.

There’s support for one-click overclocking using Gigabyte’s Aurus graphics engine, and the card support up to 4 external displays.

While the graphics card is small, it’s power-hungry: Gigabyte recommends using a 500 watt or larger power supply for any PC with this card.

Gigabyte hasn’t announce the price or release date for the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITG 8G yet.

via Hexus

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7 replies on “Gigabyte launches high-end (but tiny) graphics card for compact gaming PCs”

  1. I’m sure it’s going to be noticeably more expensive than regular sized 1080 cards like with other miniaturized tech stuff. I wonder how loud this will be.

    I hear the 1080 and other 1000 series Nvidia GPUs in laptops are the same as the desktop ones (maybe downclocked?). If there’s a market for this Gigabyte card, then there may be a market for slim and short cards using laptop GPUs.

    1. There’s no difference, just downclocked.
      However, there’s no market for standalone “laptop GPUs”….because it’s not possible to attach them to anything.

      You’ll only get niche products like the Alienware Alpha/MSi Trident with a Soldered-On Laptop GPU based upon a Desktop Part.

      The industry is moving more towards an Xbox One shape/style box where you can use your own mITX motherboard, CPU, SFX PSU, and a mini GPU.

      From case designs like Corsair 250D (28.1L), Cooler Master Elite 130 (19.8L), Fractal Design FD Core 500 (19.5L), Silverstone SG13 (11.5L). To the FD Node 202 (10.2L), Silverstone rvz02 (9.8L),Dan case A4-SFX (7.3L), Dr Zaber Sentry (6.9L)… ….

      1. The question is if a “mini GPU” can be made out of a “laptop GPU” though. If it’s just a downclocked desktop GPU, then there may be a market for downclocked GPUs in a very small form factor. Probably even smaller than this Gigabyte one seeing how the gaming laptops are relatively thin (at least compared to desktops) but still have sufficient power to play fairly new games.

        1. Well, the thing is “laptop GPU” are made from their desktop counterparts.
          It makes no sense to go Desktop -> Laptop -> Desktop.

          I know its confusing, its just the Desktop GPU’s have a huge PCB, and that helps with cooling and IO. In terms of efficiency, they’re the same as well… at least the core component is.

          There’s also no way to buy the “laptop GPU” you’re only bet is to salvage from parts.
          And once you have the part, you can’t put it on anything. It’s soldered on. Unless you are extremely talented and extremely lucky, you might be able to re-solder it onto another hardware.

          So you see, that’s why there’s no market for it.
          The best you can do is to repurpose old Gaming Laptops into a Desktop Stand, if you want that GPU powering your TV. Like this guy:

  2. Would be great if you could plug it into the back of a laptop when you need it

      1. It’s no smaller than a mini-itx build and can already fit a full size card. Kinda defeats the purpose. The Aorus Gaming Box on the other hand…

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