"We are proud that Intel came to us for a GPU solution for their innovative new design and are very
satisfied with the performance we are able to squeeze into such a small footprint," said Kent Chien, corporate vice president and general manager of the multimedia business unit at ASUS.
That is where ASUS asserts itself into the equation. It's new Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini cards measure just 7.8 inches long and occupy two slots, and "fit precisely" into the Ghost Canyon NUC. Just as importantly, ASUS says it designed the card to keep temperatures in check when installed in a Ghost Canyon NUC, part of which entails taking advantage of the NUC's mesh side panel.
"Additionally, two Axial-tech fans provide high static pressure for even more cooling gains. Originally crafted for top-end ROG
graphics cards, Axial-tech fans feature a smaller hub that facilitates longer blades and a barrier ring to
whisk air efficiently through the entire heatsink. The cooling solution is so effective that it delivers lower
GPU temperatures than many larger cards," ASUS claims.
The regular version of the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini sticks to reference specs in game mode, where the boost clock ramps up to 1,620MHz. However, there is also an OC mode, which pushes the boost clock to 1,650MHz. Meanwhile, the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini OC Edition comes out of the box with a 1,650MHz boost clock in game mode, and 1,680MHz boost clock in OC mode.
Connectivity options are the same on both cards, consisting of a DVI-D output, HDMI 2.0b output, and DisplayPort 1.4 output.
While these were designed to fit inside a Ghost Canyon NUC, they are not limited to such devices. They can also run in any small form factor (SFF) PC with the requisite space, and if you really wanted to, you could install either card into a regular desktop as well.
ASUS did not announce pricing, but said both cards will be available today (at the time of this writing, neither one is showing up on Amazon or Newegg just yet). In addition, ASUS says it will launch a Dual GeForce RTX 2060 Mini in the first quarter of this year.