Best Small Form Factor (SFF) Graphics Card for Mini ITX Cases in 2017

If you are building a mini-ITX gaming PC or a powerful HTPC then you will need a good small form factor graphics card for it. Almost all Regular sized graphics card are too long and they cannot be made fit into most of the mini-ITX cases. For this you need a compact graphics card that has shorter length PCB and can easily fit into mini-ITX or small form factor PC case. These compact graphics cards with shorter sized PCBs are also known as small form factor graphics cards or mini graphics cards. The width of the PCB and height may or may not change but their length is always on the shorter side.

There is a major difference between low profile graphics cards and these compact or small form factor graphics cards. Low profile graphics cards are sleek i.e. they are not wide. They may be longer in length especially in case of powerful low profile graphics cards and may or may not fit in the mini-ITX cases, whereas compact or mini graphics cards are shorter in length but are as wide as the regular sized graphics cards. They can fit in the mini-ITX cases but not in the slim or low profile cases. You should also know that these compact or mini graphics cards can also fit in the mini-ATX and regular ATX cases perfectly.

Here in this post I am going to list down the best SFF graphics cards for small form factor PC. These graphics cards are very powerful and most of them can run the latest games at medium-high or Ultra graphics settings at 1080p.

Best Small  Form Factor (SFF) Graphics Cards from Nvidia

Here are the best SFF video cards from Nvidia. These are high performance gaming graphics cards that can be used in mini-ITX cases.

EVGA GeForce GT 740 SC 2GB GDDR5

Here we have GeForce GT 740 from EVGA which is a compact graphics card and can fit in mini-ITX or mid-tower or smaller ATX cases. This is a SC or Superclocked version of the card which means it has been slightly overclocked. It comes with 2GB GGDR5 memory which is more than enough for basic & mid level gaming, HTPC and other graphics related work.

evga-geforce-gt-740-2gb-gddr5-scGT 740 is a pretty good card for entry to mid level gaming and you can play latest games on medium settings at decent resolution and older games on high settings at 1080p. The card runs pretty silent and remains cool even during intense gaming. You can get this graphics card under 100 dollars from the link given below.

EVGA GeForce GT 740 SC 2GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 384
GPU Clock 1085 MHz
Memory Clock 5000 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports DVI x 2, mini HDMI

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EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti SC 2GB GDDR5

GeForce GTX 750 Ti is a very popular mid-range GPU from Nvidia and is based on the relatively newer Maxwell architecture. Here we have Superclocked edition of EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti that comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory. It is around 20% faster than GT 740 and you can play latest games on medium settings at 1080p resolution and older games at high graphics settings on 1080p.

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On the exterior side the card looks same as the above mentioned GT 740 with same heatsink and fan design. GTX 740 Ti comes with 640 CUDA Cores which is almost double of what present in the GT 740 GDDR5. It has dual slot design which means it occupies a bit more space in your computer case. This card comes with all the digital display ports that include DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. You can get this powerful compact graphics card at a very good price from the link given below.

EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti SC 2GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 640
GPU Clock 1176 / 1255 MHz
Memory Clock 5400 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

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Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile 2G

GeForce GT 1030 is an entry level budget graphics card in the GeForce 10 series. The card is based on the Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 384 CUDA Cores and 2GB GDDR5 memory. This card is cheap and is a great choice for users who to upgrade from integrated graphics to something powerful and affordable. This card will let you play eSports titles at good graphics settings, older games at medium to high settings and some of the latest games on low settings at 720p. It is also a very good card for 4K display and video playback. GeForce GT 1030 is more powerful than older GeForce GT 730 and GeForce GT 740 graphics cards.

Here we have Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile 2G which is a low profile graphics card having small form factor (SFF). It is single slot graphics card and comes pre-overclocked for better performance. The card also has very low power consumption and it does not require external power from the PSU. You only need a 300W PSU to power this card. Connectivity options include DVI and HDMI ports.  

Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile 2G Specifications
CUDA Cores 384
GPU Clock 1252/1506 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Clock 6008 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 64-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports HDMI, DVI

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING 4GB GDDR5

GTX 1050 Ti is the latest midrange graphics card GPU from Nvidia based on the new Pascal architecture. Here we have the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING which comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory. Looks of this card is identical to both EVGA GT 740 and GTX 750 Ti but not the performance. This card is much faster than the slightly older GTX 750 Ti.

evga-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-sc-gaming-4gb-gddr5This is the overclocked version of GTX 1050Ti and on this you can play latest games like Doom, GTA 5, Fallout 4, Civilization 6 etc. on high settings at 1080p with around 50 – 60 FPS. This powerful compact graphics card has lower power consumption and does not need external power from the PSU. You can get this card at an amazing price from the link given below.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING 4GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 768
GPU Clock 1354 / 1468 MHz
Memory Clock 7010 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (DP)

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5

This is a higher midrange graphics card from Nvidia. Here we have the compact or mini version of GTX 1060 from Zotac which comes with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. It is a powerful graphics card and you can play almost all the latest and demanding games like Overwatch, Doom, Assassins Creed Unity on high graphics settings on 1080p at 60 FPS or more. This card is not overlocked and comes with the stock frequencies as with the reference GTX 1060.

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The card is compact in size and resembles very much like the EVGA cards mentioned above. The 3GB version of GeForce GTX 1060 comes with 1152 CUDA Cores whereas the 6GB one comes with 1280 CUDA Cores. There is a slight difference in the performance but it is not much to complain. Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini remains pretty cool even during intense or heavy gaming. You can get this amazing graphics card under 200 dollars from the link given below. You can also check out and buy the compact version of EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5 below.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 1152
GPU Clock 1506 / 1708 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 3 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 192-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DisplayPort x 3, HDMI, DVI

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Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 3GB GDDR5

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8GB GDDR5

GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the most powerful graphics cards you can get for your small form factor gaming PC. GTX 1070 is a high-end graphics card and is one of the most powerful gaming graphics cards around. Here we have Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC graphics card that comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory. It is overclocked version of GTX 1070 which means it has higher GPU and memory clock frequencies. The card is based on the latest Pascal GPU architecture and can run all the latest games on high or ultra settings at 1080p and 1440p. It is also powerful enough to run latest games at 4K but with some toned down graphics settings. This card is around 50% more powerful than the above mentioned GTX 1060.

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This powerful compact graphics card can fit in your mini-ITX case without any issues. The cooler with single fan and big heatsink does a very good job in keeping the card temperature in check and prevents it from overheating. The card requires an 8 pin PCI-E power connector for its working. So if you are looking for the most powerful mini or compact graphics card for your mini-ITX gaming PC then you must go for it.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8G Specifications
CUDA Cores 1920
GPU Clock 1556 / 1746 MHz
Memory Clock 8008 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini

GeForce GTX 1080 is a high-end graphics card from Nvidia and is one of the most powerful graphics cards in the world. It is based on the latest Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 2560 CUDA Cores and 8GB GDDR5X memory. It is a VR ready card and offers best Virtual Reality performance. On this graphics card you can play latest & modern games on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p and 4K resolution. For 4K gaming, you may have to lower down some graphics settings depending on the game. GeForce GTX 1080 supports SLI which means you can use it in multi-GPU setup for doubling your performance in games as well as in other high-end graphics applications.

Here we have a compact and SFF GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card which is ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini. The card is only 211mm length which means it can fit most of the mini-ITX and SFF cases. It is the world’s smallest GTX 1080 card. For cooling it comes with dual fans and a heatsink with copper heatpipes for better dissipation of heat. Zotac calls it ICESTORM cooling system and the card has got dual slot design.

This card comes slightly pre-overclocked for better performance. The card requires one 8-pin PCI-E power connector and a 500W PSU for its working. Connectivity options include three DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one DVI port. Other features include LED light and metal backplate. So if you are looking for a powerful high-end graphics card for your SFF gaming build then this one is what you should buy.  

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini Specifications
CUDA Cores 2560
GPU Clock 1620/1759 MHz
Memory Clock 10 GHz
Memory Size 8GB GDDR5X
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DP x 3

Buy Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the Nvidia’s flagship graphics card and is the most powerful graphics card for gaming. It is around 35% faster than the mighty GeForce GTX 1080 which depicts the huge amount of power it possesses. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is based on the Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 3584 CUDA Cores and 11GB GDDR5X memory. This VR Ready card offers amazing Virtual Reality performance both in VR games and applications. It can run all the latest AAA games on maximum graphics settings at 4K. The card support SLI and you can use two of them in multi-GPU configuration for killer performance in games at highest available settings.

Here we have ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini which is a SFF or compact GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. The card is only 211mm long and can fit in 99% SFF or compact PC cases. For cooling it comes with dual fans (90mm+100mm) and IceStrom cooling solution having aluminum heatsink with copper heatpipes. This is an OC version which means it offers slightly better performance than reference GTX 1080 Ti with stock frequencies. The card has maximum power consumption of 250W and requires two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors from the PSU. This card needs a 600W or higher power supply for its working. Other features of this top-end graphics card include LED lighting and a solid metal blackplate to give card extra rigidity. So if you are looking for the most powerful compact graphics card for your SFF 4K gaming PC then you won’t find anything better than this.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Specifications
CUDA Cores 3584
GPU Clock 1506/1620 MHz
Memory Clock 11 GHz
Memory Size 11GB GDDR5X
Memory Interface 352-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort x 3

Buy Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

Note: GTX 750 Ti, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti supports Nvidia G-Sync.

Best SFF or Small Form Factor Graphics Cards from AMD

Here are the best SFF graphics cards from AMD. These graphics cards can fit in smallest of cases including mini-ITX cases.

Gigabyte Radeon R7 360 OC 2GB GDDR5

Radeon R7 360 is a midrange graphics card from AMD and its performance is comparable to that of GTX 750 Ti from Nvidia. Here we have compact Gigabyte Radeon R7 360 OC graphics card that comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory. This is a good midrange graphics card and on this you can play most of the games at medium settings on 1080p with comfortable frame rates.

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This card supports FreeSync and almost all the popular APIs that includes DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, Mantle and OpenCL 2.0. The card requires a 6-pin PCI-e power connector and requires a 500W PSU for its working. Overall a good compact AMD graphics card for your mini-ITX case. You can get this card at a very good price from the link given below.

Gigabyte Radeon R7 360 OC 2GB GDDR5 Specifications
Stream Processors 768
GPU Clock 1200 MHz
Memory Clock 6500 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort

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XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5

Radeon RX 460 is a powerful budget mid-range graphics card from AMD. It is based on the Polaris GPU architecture and comes with 896 Stream processors. The performance of Radeon RX 460 is equal to or better than GeForce GTX 1050 from Nvidia.

XFX AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 RX-460P2SFG5

Here we have XFX Radeon RX 460 SFF graphics card which comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory. This is a compact sized card that can fit in any mini-ITX case. It has got dual slot design and a single fan. This is one of the cheapest mid-range graphics cards that you can get for your budget gaming PC. On this card you can play latest games on high settings at 1080p resolution, and older games on very high settings. So if you want a powerful AMD graphics card for your mini-ITX build then you won’t find anything better than this. Highly Recommended by me.

XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 896
GPU Clock 1220 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 D5 2G

Here we have Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 D5 2G which is entry-level or budget graphics card based on the Polaris GPU architecture from AMD. Radeon RX 550 is the youngest member of the in the Radeon RX 500 graphics card series and is a great card for eSports gaming, running multiple 4K displays and for playing older and mid-level games on medium graphics settings. You can also play latest games  on this card but on low graphics settings at 720 resolution.

This Radeon RX 550 graphics card from Gigabyte comes with a 90mm fan for cooling and has got dual slot design. This is an Overclocked (OC) version of Radeon RX 550 and it supports HDMI 4K@60Hz and DP 8K@60Hz. It has very low power consumption and it does not require external power from the PSU. It only needs a 400W power supply for its working.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 D5 2G Specifications
Stream Processors 512
GPU Clock 1195 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DP

Buy Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 D5 2G

MSI Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX 4G OC

Radeon RX 560 is a budget mid-range graphics card in the latest Radeon RX 500 graphics card series. It is the successor of Radeon RX 460 graphics card and has noticeably better performance over it. Radeon RX 560 is also based on the Polaris GPU architecture and comes with 1024 Stream Processors which is 128 SP more than present in the older Radeon RX 460 graphics card. Radeon RX 560 is capable of running latest games on medium-high settings on 1080p resolution. Also this is a great card for eSports gaming and running mid-level and older games on highest graphics settings.

Here we have MSI Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX 4G OC which is a compact Radeon RX 560 graphics card and comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory. This dual slot graphics card is very compact in size and can fit in any mini-ITX or mini-tower cases. This is an OC or Overclocked version which means it delivers slightly better performance than the reference Radeon RX 560 graphics card.

Major features of this card include CrossFire multi-GPU support, AMD Eyefinity, AMD FreeSync and high-end Military Class 4 components for longer life and stability. This compact graphics card has lower power consumption and it does not require external power connectors from the PSU, and it needs only a decent 400W power supply for its working.  

MSI Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX 4G OC Specifications
Stream Processors 1024
GPU Clock 1196 GHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

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Final Words

At the end I would like to say that if you are looking for powerful compact and small form factor (SFF) graphics cards for mini-ITX cases then these are best you can find. Nvidia certainly has edge over here because it has a wider range of mini graphics cards as compared to AMD. If you are still unsure about which mini sized graphics card to get then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.

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