MSI Adds Low-Profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to Lineupby Anton Shilov on November 22, 2016 4:00 PM EST
MSI has quietly added a new low-profile graphics card into their lineup. The adapter is based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU featuring the latest Pascal architecture and carries 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The card will replace those powered by NVIDIA’s first-generation Maxwell graphics processors in MSI's lineup and will be among the most affordable gaming-grade graphics boards on the market. The card does not require auxiliary power and is compatible with a wide range of PCs. The drive is still dual slot width, however.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP is based on the GP107 GPU (768 stream processors, 48 texture units, 32 raster operations pipelines, 128-bit memory bus) clocked at 1.29/1.39 GHz (base/boost) and carries 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 7 Gbps. The board has DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs with HDCP 2.2 support, which is required for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. Tthe card comes with a dual-slot cooling system featuring two fans.
The low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti consumes up to 75 W of power, and as a result it does not require any auxiliary power connectors - something important when upgrading low-end PCs from large OEM brands that sometimes do not have any spare connectors left. The lack of power connectors will allow the video card to replace the GeForce GTX 750-series and the GeForce GTX 950 75W series adapters with similar power consumption.
Nowadays it is not easy to find a low-profile graphics card with reasonable performance and a good feature-set. NVIDIA’s GP107 GPU is based on the company’s latest Pascal architecture and thus supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs as well as has an advanced media playback engine that supports hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video. Therefore, MSI’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP graphics card is an interesting product compatible with slim and outdated desktops and HTPCs. As an added bonus, MSI claims that it uses MIL-STD-810G certified components to ensure a long lifespan for the board.
MSI did not announce the price of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP, but it is unlikely that it is going to cost significantly higher than $139 recommended by NVIDIA.
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xichael - Thursday, December 22, 2016 - linkYou could go with an HD 7750. There were a few low-profile, single-slot models made with that GPU.
meorah - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - linkso is the 1050 ever getting reviewed or should we wait until the next iteration is being hyped before anandtech reviews it?
mikemcc - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - linkMy HTPC is a few years old and has an i3 2300 with 16GB memory. If I get this new GTX 1050Ti, is this all I will need to get 4K playback? I can go over to the AVS forum and ask there, but I thought someone here might know. I have been looking at a few 4K TVs for BF, but basically put them on the back burner since my HTPC as currently configured won't do 4K.
Rayb - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - linkYes, it will be all you need! Even an ARM Soc embedded with the right hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding would do it, the 1050Ti just happens to check all the right boxes
beginner99 - Thursday, November 24, 2016 - link1050 Ti is overkill for what you want. Non-TI would be fine as well or Radeon RX 460.
Danvelopment - Thursday, November 24, 2016 - linkFinally, I bought my little brother a Ivy i7 HP LP machine for 150NZ (about 120USD), and chucked an SSD in it but he was still stuck with the HD 4350 it came with because the only upgrade path was a GT 730 for a crazy cost.
Was waiting for a LP RX460 but this is even better.
ruthan - Thursday, November 24, 2016 - linkFanless one would be better.
vladx - Thursday, November 24, 2016 - linkFanless? LOL.
yhselp - Sunday, November 27, 2016 - linkFinally! I thought we wouldn't see a post-750 Ti low-profile card anytime soon. This is great news.
Contrary to what many people are suggesting in the comments, there're actually quite a few SFF systems that have room for dual-slot low-profile cards. Single-slot would be better, of course, but this is great news.
aj654987 - Monday, November 28, 2016 - linkI think the "no external power connectors" thing is overrated, especially how easy it is to get an adapter or y connector to get it power. A lot of OEM pc's wont be able to deliver 75 watts on the PCIe connector because their motherboard wasnt built for it. A better design would be only pulling 30-45 watts on the motherboard with an external connector delivering the rest.