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A compact GeForce GTX 760: We preview the ASUS GTX760 DirectCU Mini OC

Last year the ASUS GTX670 DirectCU Mini OC came out, a smaller version of the GeForce GTX 670, perfect for compact Mini ITX systems. Now ASUS has the GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU Mini OC, which is the subject of today's review.

It was expected that an ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU Mini OC card would be released. In our review of the GeForce GTX 760, we mentioned that the GTX 670 is actually based on the GeForce GTX 670. So ASUS was basically able to take the design of the GTX670 Mini, stick the revised GPU on it, add the appropriate BIOS and... they're done! That's exactly what happened, so the ASUS GTX760 is indistinguishable from last year's card.

The card measures slightly more than 17 cm, which is pretty short compared to the more typical length of 27-28 cm of GTX 760s. The heatsink is relatively huge, which makes the card heavier thank you'd think with such modest dimensions. The fan is designed in a way that it blows air in multiple directions in order to create enough airflow.

ASUS clocked the GTX 760 at 1006 MHz with a 1072 MHz Boost clock. The 2 GB GDDR5 video memory runs at 1502 MHz. Monitor connectors consist of two DVI ports, one DisplayPort and one HDMI. The card has a single 8-pins PEG connector.

The GTX760 DirectCU Mini OC has an average price of £215, slightly more than the conventional cards using the same GPU.

We tested the ASUS GTX760 DirectCU Mini OC the same way we tested the other GTX 670 cards. The card is red in the charts, while the other five GTX 760s are blue.

We used our standard graphics card testing setup, consisting of an Intel Core i7 3960X (Sandy Bridge-E), 16 GB Corsair DDR3-1600 RAM, an ASUS P7X79 Pro motherboard, a Samsung Spinpoint F1 hard disk, a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200 watt power supply and Windows 7 x64. You can read rest of the ASUS GTX760 DirectCU Mini OC preview on