Building a Mini-ITX PC is a fantastic way of saving desk space and encouraging portability without sacrificing performance, thanks to a range of graphics cards squeezing into smaller form factors. We've rounded up the best GPUs for a Mini-ITX PC build and some alternatives to suit your budget.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is still the best graphics card overall, with the EVGA XC3 Ultra measuring just under 286mm. It'll be a squeeze for a Mini-ITX PC case but still a realistic choice when paired with proper cooling.
If you prefer AMD to NVIDIA, the RX 6800 XT is a fantastic alternative to the GeForce RTX 3080. Gigabyte's offering has a 286mm length and 118m width but would still fit into a Mini-ITX case like the HYTE Revolt 3.
EVGA brings the ultimate space-saver that proved capable in our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review in the form of their XC Gaming model. Measuring a mere 202mm in length, it's perfect for a small form factor gaming PC or media center.
ITX sweet spot
Compared to the official NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 model, the MSI Ventus 2x OC is more compact with a 232mm length, perfect for an ITX build. The ideal middle ground for most gamers, the RTX 3070 is still a strong choice.
This GTX 1660 Super variant from MSI measures a tiny 179mm in length and provides admirable performance for the price. Well suited for a compact case, the Aero ITX is perfect for 1080p gaming.
Choosing the best GPU for Mini-ITX PC builds
Shrinking your case size doesn't mean compromising performance, which is fantastic news for anyone looking to save a little desk space with their new Mini-ITX PC build. Enjoy the latest best ray-tracing games with NVIDIA's RTX 30 series or AMD's RX 6000 graphics cards, or save a bit of cash and stick to 1080p gaming with a budget pick like the formidable MSI GTX 1660 Super Aero ITX.
Whatever you choose, be sure to check the specifications on your case to ensure the GPU will fit comfortably. Some of the best Mini-ITX cases like the HYTE Revolt 3 and NZXT's H1 V2 have enough space for most graphics cards, but aiming for such a compact form factor means double-checking the manual before purchasing a high-end GPU. Once you've made your choice, you can complete your tiny powerhouse Mini-ITX build.
Ben Wilson is a freelance writer working for Windows Central with technical expertise and a background in electronics retail. Fueling a technology and video game obsession with coffee, you can usually find him behind one screen or another.
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