MSI has unveiled the AERO ITX and AERO ITX OC, the newest additions to the Ada Lovelace lineup, featuring the RTX 4060. Notably, these GPUs are the first single-fan models from MSI for this generation.
Over the last four years, the AERO has been predominantly utilized as crypto-mining cards rather than gaming devices. In response to the decline of the mining trend, MSI is shifting its focus towards low-end models. The company is now directing its attention to the ITX form factor, with a particular emphasis on the slower RTX 4060 GPU within the series.
The AERO ITX models boast 3072 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit interface. Sporting a default 115W TDP, the design incorporates a standard single 8-pin power connector. An overclock (OC) variant is offered, achieving a boost from 2490 MHz to 2505 MHz through the MSI Center software. From a technical standpoint, both the OC and non-OC versions are essentially identical straight out of the box.
Measuring a mere 16.7 cm and occupying two slots, the card is compact and offers four display connectors, including triple DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1a connector.
Having been previously utilized in RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, and RTX 3050 SKUs from the NVIDIA Ampere series, the AERO ITX design has been adapted for the RTX 4060. The design similarities between the RTX 3060 Ti AERO ITX and the new 4060 model include slight differences in the shroud and a smaller fan. The display output layout maintains a degree of similarity but with a different arrangement.
With the power requirements showing similarities, there is an expectation that MSI might extend the utilization of this cooler to higher-end NVIDIA SKUs in the future. The pin compatibility between AD107 and AD106 GPUs, along with the standard 8-pin power connector, hints at a smooth and cost-effective transition for potential Ti variants.