Some manufacturers! Not content with producing game-changing video cards that have shot straight to the top of everyone’s Christmas lists, Gigabyte has gone one better and shrunk a GTX 1070 into a tiny, six-inch compact packet of goodness. Read on for a compact GTX 1070 PC build that you can put together for $840.
This new card, the GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC, does everything that a regular-sized GTX 1070 does but has the added benefit of being REALLY small.
If you’re looking at building a gaming PC, and in particular building a PC for your lounge or living room, this card needs to be on your parts list. Why? Well, read on and let me explain.
Gigabyte has achieved the unexpected, and produced a GTX 1070 that measures just six-inches long, this means older generation cards and particularly AMD’s R9 Nano – designed with small form factor systems in mind – has been effectively rendered obsolete.
The company has previous form when it comes to producing very powerful, miniature cards, having released the GTX 970 mini ITX. Click here if you’d like to read about this last generation card.
Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini-ITX Specs
|Chipset Architecture||Pascal 16nm|
|Core Clock||1531MHz (1721MHz boost)|
|Typical Power Draw||150W|
|Size||6.5 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches|
It has 1920 CUDA cores, a super quick 8GHz memory clock, and is fully VR gaming ready.
Because of its size, Gigabyte has made some changes to the mini-ITX GTX 1070’s reference design, introducing a 90mm fan with a custom fan blade design.
The tiny card can be run in either gaming mode or overclock mode, with both modes running slightly quicker than the full size length card.
The GTX 1070 mini ITX’s fan stays off until the GPU reaches a certain temperature, then whirrs into action.
This helps keep noise levels down during light use, and means it’s ideally suited for your living room.
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Compact GTX 1070 PC Build
So as well as the all powerful GTX 1070, what else features in the build?
Well, for $900 I’ve manage to squeeze in a powerful 3.2GHz i5-6500 Skylake CPU, a 1TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM and a 500W power supply.
This is all squeezed into a tiny Cooler Master mini ITX case that would look perfect next to your TV.
This compact GTX 1070 build is more than capable of running the latest games at 2160×1440 resolutions and at 60Hz plus frames per second.
It will even run games at 4K (though you might need to reduce the detail settings a little first), so could easily be hooked up to a compatible 4K TV in your lounge – just make sure the TV features HDMI 2.0 so it can output 4K video at 60Hz, or 60 frames per second.
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Why Your Video Card Matters
Before you decide if the compact GTX 1070 build is for you, ask yourself a few things.
Most importantly: What resolution will you be gaming at? And, how much have you got to spend?
When building a gaming PC you should set aside a good chunk of your budget for your video card. It’s going to be the component that has the biggest impact on what your games look like and how they play on new system.
Your video card is your star performer.
It’s the component that will determine the level of detail, screen resolution and frame rates at which you can enjoy your games.
If you’re not interested in building a compact GTX 1070 PC, here’s a list of the top 15 video cards currently available across 4 price points – there’s something to suit every budget.
The video card consists of a graphics processing unit, dedicated video memory, a fan (or fans) and a heat sink. Most video cards sit on a large circuit board that can measure up to 12 inches long.
Building a Gaming PC
Building a gaming PC is fun and it’s a great skill to learn. You’re building something unique and exactly how you want it, wile learning a bunch of new things.
If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at the below videos. They are designed to be as simple and straightforward to follow as possible.
Click the menu box (top left of the below window), and cycle through all the videos; from installing a CPU fan to adding a hard drive.
The videos are short and clear, and should help make the learning process as easy as possible.
If you need tips and hints on this compact GTX 1070 build or about anything else, contact me in the comments section, or tweet me.
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So, is this build a little too compact? What do you think?