It looks like we can expect a new mini-ITX graphics card from MSI any day now as the company has begun teasing a shrunk down version of what could either be a GTX 1080 or a GTX 1070.
MSI posted a quick teaser image on its Facebook page late last week showing a full sized Aero 1080 or 1070 cooler behind a blacked out mini-ITX card. The image was accompanied by the following caption: “They say good things come in small packages. Can you guess what we’re introducing next week? Hint: Small package, BIG punch.”
The image was initially posted last Thursday, so we should get a full reveal of this GPU later this week. However, the question still remains, is this going to be a tiny GTX 1080 or a tiny GTX 1070? We have previously seen GPU makers come out with mini versions of x70-series cards, such as the GTX 970 but we have never seen a mini-ITX version of a high-end x80 series GPU.
With that in mind, it seems more likely that this would be a GTX 1070 Mini but Pascal did bring along some efficiency benefits, so perhaps engineers have figured out a way to get it running on a tiny PCB with a much smaller cooler. Hopefully we find out more in the coming days.
KitGuru Says: I'd put my money on this being a 1070 given past mini-ITX GPU releases. Either way though, we should find out before the end of the week.