The SFF (Small Form Factor) market is booming at the moment with people trying to squeeze as much power as possible in as small a case as possible. Our recent review of the Raijintek Metis Plus shows this.
Various other 3rd party graphics card manufacturers have been playing around with shrinking down NVIDIA’s latest Pascal GPUs for a while now and MSI has decided to join in the game with their new GTX Aero ITX line of GPUs.
The line is going to consist of 5 different GPUs including the GTX 1070, GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1060 3GB, GTX 1050ti and GTX 1050. This is a good comprehensive line of GPUs able to cater for all budgets that will be looking to produce a good powerful SFF gaming PC.
The GTX 1070 and 1060s will all have monitor support in the form of a single DVI and HDMI socket as well as a trio of DisplayPort outputs; while power will be supplied to the GTX 1070 in the form of an 8-pin PCIe connector the GTX 1060s will only require a 6-pin PCIe power connector.
If you will be looking for SLI support in these tiny cards then your only option will be the GTX 1070 as this will be the only car in the line to have an SLI connector.
Moving further down the product line with the GTX 1050ti and GTX 1050 these little cards will require no PSU connector at all while the screen outputs have also been trimmed down to a single DVI, HDMI and Display Port output.
However don’t dismiss these little cards, the GTX 1050s have already shown in benchmarks to be able to play the latest games on the market at 1080p resolutions so if you’re going to be looking to build a good budget SFF rig, maybe as a second rig to take to LANs this could be the perfect budget solution for you.
As yet MSI has released no pricing information on the cards or when we can expect them to be available to purchase but we do hope we can get some into the Play3r labs to put through their paces and see just how small we can go with an SFF build.
Let us know your thoughts on these dinky powerhouse GPUs below.