ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

The space constraint of Small Form Factor casings have always been the sole factor being the inability to pair a high-end graphic card into the system as high-end graphic cards tend to be long, nearly double the length of low / mid range cards.

With the introduction of cards like ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, SFF casing users now have the opportunity to upgrade their gaming experience.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

On the left, is the Sapphire HD 7750 2GB DDR3 and on the right, the Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB GDDR3.

It’s small, it’s rectangular all the way. Nothing fancy but it looks quite neat too. No fancy copper heatpipes running around. No fancy heatsink chassis.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

As you can see, it only requires a single 8-pin PCI-E power connection.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

It’s so rectangular, it’s the only graphic card I know that can stand on it’s own, that I can photograph the I/O ports without having to support it.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z of the card.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphic Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K
RAMAvexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600
MotherboardASRock Z87M OC Formula
CoolerCooler Master Seidon 120M
Monitor40″ LCD TV
Power SupplyCooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W
CasingCooler Master N200 Casing
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro 64bit
DrivernVidia GeForce 331.58

Benchmark

Here we go!

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 67055.0
MSI GTX 76055.5
ASUS Radeon R9 280X76.5
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition71.5

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 67048.5
MSI GTX 76045.2
ASUS Radeon R9 280X59.5
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition55.4

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6
*Full HD at 1920×1080 – pardon me for the wrong screen resolution in the shot above.

Card1080p (score)
ASUS GTX 67010031
MSI GTX 7609677
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11)11441
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition10741

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

SceneCard1080p (avg)
Dark TowerASUS GTX 670100.84
MSI GTX 76098.32
ASUS Radeon R9 280X121.90
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition115.27
Desert SunriseASUS GTX 670119.75
MSI GTX 760118.76
ASUS Radeon R9 280X153.28
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition146.16
Concrete JungleASUS GTX 67059.56
MSI GTX 76059.62
ASUS Radeon R9 280X87.42
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition84.92

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

CardScore
ASUS GTX 67056.3
MSI GTX 76055.8
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition45.5

3DMark

Default settings

CardScore
ASUS GTX 6705116
MSI GTX 7605002
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11)7513
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition6845

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ASUS GTX 670 (auto)2978
ASUS GTX 670 (manual : 100%)2963

Overall the noise level was low even on load when in auto mode but the temperature comes close to 80°C. Needless to say, it becomes a wind tunnel when it’s on full load.

The Verdict

The ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini retails at RM 1,299. You’re paying not just for the card and Asus quality product but also the small sized nature of it.

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