GIGABYTE has quietly added two low-profile video cards to its lineup of products during CES. The graphics adapters are based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series GPUs and will be among the most affordable gaming-grade products in the company’s family. The new low-profile add-in-cards will be especially useful for those building mini PCs or HTPCs as well as for those upgrading inexpensive computers from OEMs.

GIGABYTE’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4G and GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2G graphics adapters are based on NVIDIA’s GP107 GPU (albeit, in different configurations) and carry 4 GB and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 7 Gbps, respectively. Both cards use the same PCB (marked as V16156-0) as well as the dual-slot cooling system featuring an aluminum heatsink and a fan. As for connectivity, the boards also have a similar set of outputs: one DL-DVI-D, two HDMI 2.0b and one DisplayPort 1.4 with HDCP 2.2 support that is required for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.



It is noteworthy that GIGABYTE decided to slightly increase GPU clock-rates of its low-profile GeForce GTX 1050-series graphics cards versus NVIDIA’s reference designs to give them some extra punch over rivals. Meanwhile, TDP and power requirements of its low profile GTX 1050-series graphics cards remained at approximately 75 W level, which means no additional power connectors are required and the cards can be installed into any contemporary computer with a PCIe x16 slot.

Specifications of Low Profile GeForce GTX 1050-Series Graphics Cards
1050 Ti OC
1050 Ti
 1050 OC
GTX 1050
SKU GV-N105TOC-4GL   GV-N1050OC-2GL  
Stream Processors 768 640
Texture Units 48 40
ROPs 32
Core Clock (MHz) 1303 - 1328 1290 1366 - 1392 1354
Boost Clock (MHz) 1417 - 1442 1392 1468 - 1506 1455
Memory Capacity 4 GB 2 GB
Type GDDR5
Clock 7 Gbps
Bus Width 128 bit
Outputs DisplayPort 1 × DP 1.4
HDMI 2.0b 2 1 2 1
TDP 75 W
Launch Date 1/2017 11/2016 1/2017 11/2016

It seems like low profile graphics cards are back courtesy of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series as GIGABYTE is the second company to announce such parts after MSI, and it likely that these two companies will not be the only suppliers of such products. For those building low-power HTPCs or upgrading entry-level PCs, the GP107-based graphics adapters seem to be a good choice because the GPU supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs as well as has an advanced media playback engine that features hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video.

GIGABYTE does not specify MSRPs for its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4G and GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2G graphics adapters on its web-site, as these are typically determined at regional release. Given the positioning of these products, it unlikely that they will cost significantly more than NVIDIA’s MSRPs for similar video cards: $139 for the GTX 1050 Ti and $109 for the GTX 1050.

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  • spikebike - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    I'm pretty fond of the fractal design matx cases. Sound insulation on the panels, can handle large/low rpm fans, and overall a quality design. Anyone know of a similar smaller case that can handle the new gtx 1050 or 1060 in it's low profile or short cards that are becoming available?
  • StevoLincolnite - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    Needs to be single slot to fit in my case. :(
    Or have it like my passive 6570 where the heatsink is on the front and back of the card.
  • bleomycin - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    Do these come with low profile brackets for mounting in something like a 2u as well?
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    I'm not sure why the companies behind the 1050 half height cards have been so cagey about the bracket this time; but according to customer Q&A on newegg the MSI cards that launched a month ago do include the short bracket in the box.
  • doubledeej - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    When are they going to release a single slot card again? I have no double-wide slots left in my computer.
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    I'm not certain there will ever be a 1050 with a single slot cooler. That may belong in the domain of a hypothetical 1040 or lower end GPU, but I'm highly skeptical there will be a GPU released soon that is in a lower performance and power category than the 1050. The argument there is that Intel's eDRAM iGPUs begin to compete with such a graphics card. I think that argument stands on somewhat iffy ground because of the lack of eDRAM equipped processors, but then there's also AMD's integrated solutions as well and those are more readily available.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    There's a single slot 1070 from Galax; and while a 150W single slot card is kinda crazy, there've been a steady trickle of single slot cards in the 60-75W range. Half height single slot OTOH is probably going to have to wait for GP108 since that's normally a 30-40W slot.
  • Reziarfg - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    Also, the GeForce 9800 GT, the last top-model card I recall that was a single slot card, has a TDP at 125W. While that falls below the 1070's 150W it's not that far off. Certainly 75W for the 1050 would be do-able as a single slot design.
  • aron304 - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - link
    there is a single slot rx 460 so its in the realm of possibility.
  • 80-wattHamster - Monday, January 16, 2017 - link

    XFX will sell you a single slot RX 460.

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