Nvidia Enhances Compact PCs with Significant Power Boost

A compact PC positioned in front of the PS5.
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This article is part of our report on Computex, the largest computing event globally.

Over the recent years, we have witnessed not only an enhancement in the performance of desktop-grade graphics cards but also an increase in their physical dimensions. This has raised concerns among enthusiasts who favor the compact small form factor (SFF) design. While Nvidia offers a variety of sizes in their GeForce GPU lineup, the introduction of more powerful and larger cards poses challenges for the SFF sector.

To tackle this issue, Nvidia has introduced a new set of recommendations for small form factor-ready enthusiast GeForce GPUs, which were unveiled at Computex 2024. These guidelines, as per the company, will be shared with GPU third-party manufacturers and case producers to establish a unified standard specifically for individuals seeking a compact yet potent gaming setup.

Illustration depicting guidelines for Nvidia GeForce small form factor.

The guidelines will encompass specifications for the maximum height, width, and depth for both cards and cases. By adhering to these guidelines, manufacturers can develop and promote their products as SFF-ready for enthusiast GeForce graphics cards.

For system builders, a two-step process will ensure compatibility. Initially, they must identify the specific small form factor-ready label on the Nvidia GPU, followed by verifying the same for the case to ensure seamless integration without any constraints.

A compilation of all GeForce small form factor ready GPUs and cases.

Presently, Nvidia has disclosed a roster of SFF-ready GeForce graphics cards and cases available from renowned brands such as Asus, Cooler Master, Corsair, Galax, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Lian Li, NZXT, Zotac, and more. Nvidia has indicated plans to expand this list further by introducing additional products. Notably, the list encompasses GPUs up to an RTX 4080 Super, which is quite remarkable given its performance capabilities.

The RTX 4080 Super employs a cooler comparable in size to the standard RTX 4090, hinting that these specifications might lead to an RTX 4090 suitable for a small form factor layout. Irrespective, this marks a significant advancement for SFF. Typically, ensuring a proper fit of your GPU in an SFF case involves meticulous checks, and Nvidia’s endorsement should simplify this process.

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