THE BEST MINI GPUS FOR YOUR MINI BUILD

PCPOWERPLAY - - Pcpp Hardware & Tech Special -

We’ve

talked a lot about small motherboards, but what about small graph­ics cards? Luck­ily many cases sup­port full-sized graph­ics cards, but mini GPUs are be­ing in­tro­duced by many man­u­fac­tur­ers and they are the only choice for truly tiny gam­ing PCs.

GI­GA­BYTE GETS SE­RI­OUS

Gi­ga­byte de­serves par­tic­u­lar praise for the gen­uinely small GPUs it pro­duces. Take a look at the Gi­ga­byte GTX 1080 Mini. It’s a lit­tle taller than a typ­i­cal card but its length is sim­i­lar to a bot­tom end GPU. At $900+ it’s pricey though. If a 1080 is priced out of your range, Gi­ga­byte of­fers GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 op­tions that are the same size.

How about low pro­file? Gi­ga­byte of­fers a GTX 1050 low pro­file card at around $199. It will game com­pe­tently at 1080p but also brings the lat­est video out­put stan­dards and codec sup­port. It’s the kind of card that’s per­fectly suited for a low pro­file HTPC. If you pre­fer MSI, it makes a low pro­file GTX 1050 Ti.

Zo­tac is a brand with a lim­ited avail­abil­ity in Aus­tralia, but it does have some lovely mini cards that will be right at home in an SFF build. Its GTX 1080 Mini can be had for $749, mak­ing it one of the cheap­est GTX 1080s on the mar­ket. Some­thing like a Zo­tac GTX 1050 Ti will squeeze into the tini­est space, but it Zo­tac also of­fers shrunken cards all the way up to a GTX 1080 Ti. It’s not a truly small GPU, but it’s a lot smaller than a typ­i­cal GTX 1080 Ti.

HONEY I SHRUNK THE GRAPH­ICS CARD

So, that’s a few Nvidia op­tions, but what about AMD? AMD un­veiled the Pow­er­color RX Vega 56 Nano at Computex. It’s quite likely we’ll see other man­u­fac­tur­ers re­leas­ing Vega Nano cards too. These will be a great SFF op­tion for pair­ing up with a FreeSync mon­i­tor. Vega’s use of HBM mem­ory makes it a lot eas­ier to pro­duce a small card as there’s no need to pro­duce a large PCB to house a whole load of mem­ory ICs.

YOU CAN GAME WITH IN­TE­GRATED GRAPH­ICS TOO

Don’t give up on in­te­grated graph­ics, how­ever. The gam­ing strength of AMD’s Ryzen APUs, with their in­te­grated Vega GPUs, is quite amaz­ing if you’re look­ing for sheer value. You won’t be able to game with all the eye candy turned up, but in our re­view ear­lier in the year, the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G were able to get playable frame rates in mod­ern games at Full HD. We think they of­fer very im­pres­sive value at the low end of the gam­ing mar­ket.

Small form fac­tor video cards of­fer all the bang in a tiny pack­age!

Pow­er­color of­fers AMDflavoured cards if that’s your thing.

Yep - that’s a full-fat video card. But you do pay for the mini­tur­i­sa­tion.

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