Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX review: fully passive

Gaming and H265-encoding without any fan noise



Palit has introduced an interesting concept. Thanks to the passive cooler this GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is completely silent, even when you're gaming. Gaming at Full HD is more than doable with this card, provided you dial back the settings a bit.

We found that the Palit card is a bit slower in benchmarks than the other 1050 Tis we've tested. Many models are factory overclocked and cooled actively, which means that boost clocks will be higher. Due to its characteristics the 1050 Ti KalmX is mainly suited for media center-like PCs, since it has all decoding features you'd want and of course its passive cooling.

In our opinion it would have been better to equip a GTX 1050 (non-Ti) with a passive cooler for that purpose. You pay about 35 pounds extra now compared to 1050s with a 0dB mode, which generally means that the fans won't spin when you're decoding e.g. H265 video. You do get better performance in games in return, however extra gaming performance is generally not very useful in an HTPC and what's more, there are better options out there if you're purely looking for performance.

If you really want a GTX 1050 Ti that is fully passive, the Palit KalmX is your only choice. The card does feel a bit like a solution for a non-existing problem: there are better or cheaper alternatives out there for pretty much every usage case. For this reason the KalmX does not receive any awards, however this card is definitely not a bad buy for those wanting a card with a non-moving or silent cooler.

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Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 1291 MHz, 4096 MB

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Avg. £154.98
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