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

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Closer look

At first sight the low-profile cards are very similar - of course they all feature a rather typical design - however if you look closely, you'll find a couple of differences. Gigabyte went with a single-fan cooler for its GTX 1050, while KFA2 and MSI have equipped their 1050 Tis with two fans. The fans all have a diameter of 4 cm, which is rather small, but not surprising due to the height limitations that low-profile cards face.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti LP 4GB
Both 1050 Tis, including this one from MSI, feature two fans.

Of course all manufacturers include a low-profile bracket, so that you can actually use the cards in such cases. The full-height bracket, which is on the cards by default, is only really used for extra ventilation. This means that you don't lose any functionality when using a low-profile bracket. The Gigabyte card is the only card to feature interesting connectivity options: in addition to DVI and DisPlayPort, Gigabyte has also added two HDMI outputs. The MSI and KFA2 only feature a single HDMI port. The second HDMI output can be very useful if you're planning to use the card in a HTPC.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP 2GB
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 LP stands out due to its second HDMI output.

In terms of clock speeds the manufacturers don't do anything special here. The MSI 1050 Ti runs at stock speeds, whereas the Gigabyte GTX 1050 is overclocked by a very small amount of 13 MHz. This is less than even one percent. The KFA2 features a boost speed of 1418 MHz, which is 26 MHz faster than stock speeds (1.9%).

The last difference between the cards is the length. The models from KFA2 and Gigabyte are less than 17 centimeters long and therefore don't even stick out of a Mini-ITX motherboard. The MSI card is slightly longer, 18.2 centimeters, however this shouldn't be a problem in the majority of cases.


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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

£121.98

Avg. £128.99
6 shops, 6x 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

£154.94

Avg. £176.00
3 shops, 1x stock

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