Considering the large form factor of many new graphics cards, it can sometimes be a challenge to fit modern graphics cards into smaller cases. In order to allow gamers to use the latest technology, plug-in board manufacturers began to provide customized Nvidia Ampere-based products, which are smaller than most cards. Zotac’s new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC LHR graphics cards can easily be called the smallest GA104 driver boards released so far.
Sotai GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC LHR with GeForce RTX 3070 double-sided overclocking LHR The graphics cards are equipped with NVIDIA’s GA104 GPU, with 4864 CUDA cores (up to 1695 MHz) and 5888 CUDA cores (up to 1755 MHz). Although these two motherboards are officially in the OC series, their factory overclocking is the smallest (25 MHz ~ 30 MHz), so don’t expect these products to provide significantly higher performance than graphics cards that use Nvidia’s recommended clock.
But the main advantage of these boards is not their out-of-the-box performance, but the compact size achieved by custom-designed printed circuit boards and a smaller IceStorm 2.0 cooling system.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC LHR measures 9.1 × 5.6 × 1.6 inches (231.9 × 141.3 × 41.5 mm), which is the smallest GeForce RTX 3070 driver product we know. It is smaller than Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition and is smaller than the recently launched Galakuro’s GeForce RTX 3070 LHR (GG-RTX3070-E8GBOC/DF/LHR).
At the same time, the Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC LHR motherboard is smaller (shorter, lower, and thinner). Its dimensions are 8.7 × 4.55 × 1.5 inches (221.1 × 115.6 × 38.2 mm), which is also smaller than Nvidia’s Founders Edition version.
These two motherboards are not suitable for smaller Mini-ITX chassis, but they are compatible with Micro-ATX and various game-oriented Mini-ITX chassis. These chassis have two spare 8-pin auxiliary PCIe power connectors that can supply power to the motherboard 220W power. Despite its small size, the new ZOTAC dual board has a standard display output configuration, including four DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1.
So far, Zotac has announced the new GeForce RTX Twin Edge OC LHR motherboard in Japan (via Winter Palace Akihabara), but given that smaller graphics cards and compact gaming PCs are popular all over the world today, it is expected that new graphics cards will eventually be launched in other countries/regions.