Gigabyte G1 Gaming & LP
Gigabyte was kind enough to send us three models. They sent the G1 Gaming series of both the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti, plus a special low-profile variant of the GTX 1050. The latter card is nice and affordable at 130 pounds and thanks to its limited height it is ideal for usage in small HTPC cases. For this reason the card also comes with a low-profile bracket. Despite its size, the small bracket comes with DVI, DisplayPort and 2x HDMI, which makes for a versatile base of a mediacenter PC.
The G1 Gaming edition of the 1050 is clocked significantly higher, with a base and boost of respectively 1418 and 1532 MHz, however it does require an extra PEG6 connector. Both G1 Gamings feature a dual-fan WindForce 2X cooler, which has fans that both spin in a different direction - according to Gigabyte this improves cooling efficiency. An LED on top indicates whether the 0dB mode is active or not.
The Gigabyte GTX 1050 G1 Gaming will set you back about 140 pounds, whereas the 1050 Ti variant costs 180 pounds.