MSI Teases Mini-ITX Z87 Gaming Mobo, Mini-ITX GTX 760

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lp231

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Is there anything else that can be done to make that video card look different than the Asus GTX 760 DirectCU mini?
Both cards are making to the standards width of a itx board at 6.7" (17cm or 170mm).
It uses dual slot as everyone other card is using. Should MSI use a different shape fan like oval or triangular just to make it look different? lol
 

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It's good for MSI to be providing competition to ASUS in the sff GPU category. I wish more manufacturers (hell - even AMD/Nvidia) would get more creative about engineering their cards for smaller form factors.

Given that current waterblocks can reduce the slot width of even the highest-end card to a single slot, imagine a watercooled GPU with the block mounted between 2 PCBs that make up a complete high-end GPU. That could reduce the overall length of the card and still stay within 2 slot widths.

Probably won't happen, though, as I think there's still only the Poseidon card that even comes with "factory" watercooling...but we can dream, right?!
 

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I think the fast cycle between gpu generations limits what manufacturers can do, and how creative they can get. By the time you can get a good, innovative idea, the next generation will be on your doorstep already.
 

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Well, there's a million things that could be done, but then you'd have to warranty it, and support it.

Must be gearing up for diy steam boxes? That's more and more exactly what I want to give birth to after the new year. i love this form factor, because I can build something that fits on a book shelf, and leaves room for a wii.
 

edogawa

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This isn't a bad board, but it's a bit late to the game.

I just built a small HTPC/NAS with an Asrock Z87E-ITX motherboard, very nice motherboard by the way (especially for the price), and offers everything this board does already and better without the "gaming" branding; it will perform the same I am sure with overclocking if you wanted to go that route for mini-itx.

On a side note, I certainly thing there will be a shift to mini-itx now with more being put onto the processor itself. A mini-itx PC has everything you need as a gamer or casual user which is quite impressive compared to years ago. Only thing you don't get for a mini itx gaming PC is crossfire/SLI, but a single graphics card can run every game maxed out easily.

Honestly glad there is a push for more mini itx boards, the day of larger boards or computers is numbered unless your an extreme user.
 
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