GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti low-profile round-up: HTPC cards

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Noise levels and temperatures

Most normal versions of the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti feature a so-called 0dB-mode, which means that the fans will turn off wwhen idling, however these low-profile cards do not have this feature. The Gigabyte doesn't produce a lot of noise though, so it still falls into the 'inaudible' category, whereas the MSI and KFA2 cards are quiet, but definitely audible.

Under load the noise level of the KFA2 practically stays the same. The Gigabyte card remains the quietest, while the 1050 Ti from MSI turns out to be the loudest card. The difference with the quiet 'big' variants is pretty significant, but nevertheless none of these cards can truly be called loud.

The GTX 1050 from Gigabyte is the hottest card out of the bunch, with a temperature of 74 degrees, but this temperature isn't high enough for you to worry about.


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three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP 2GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, 1367 MHz, 2048 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£122.97

Avg. £128.99
5 shops, 4x stock

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC LP 4GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 1304 MHz, 4096 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti LP 4GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 1291 MHz, 4096 MB

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£177.32

Avg. £184.71
3 shops, 3x stock

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