MSI outs two more GTX 1050 low-profile graphics cards that can fit into any PC

Kevin Parrish
Digital Trends
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msi gtx new low profile compact cards geforce gt lp

If the ten GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards from MSI weren’t enough to choose from when they launched in October, the company has added two more units to make selecting the right model even harder. They are the “Low Profile” GTX 1050 2GT LP and the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP cards, and appear to focus on small desktops and small wallets, adding VR-capable graphics to compact solutions without breaking the bank.

For starters, here is the GTX 1050 2GT LP:

Core name: GP107-300
Core architecture: Pascal
Process node: 14nm FinFET
Base clock speed: 1,354MHz
Boost clock speed: 1,455MHz
Onboard memory amount: 2GB GDDR5
Memory clock speed: 7,008MHz
Memory interface: 128-bit
CUDA core amount: 640
Size: 182mm x 69mm x 35mm
7.16 x 2.71 x 1.37 inches
Recommended power supply size: 300 watts
Output: 1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DL-DVI-D
Maximum resolution: 4,320 x 2,560

Now here is the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP:

Core name: GP107-400
Core architecture: Pascal
Process node: 14nm FinFET
Base clock speed: 1,290MHz
Boost clock speed: 1,392MHz
Onboard memory amount: 4GB GDDR5
Memory clock speed: 7,008MHz
Memory interface: 128-bit
CUDA core amount: 768
Size: 182mm x 69mm x 35mm
7.16 x 2.71 x 1.37 inches
Recommended power supply: 300 watts
Output: 1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DL-DVI-D
Maximum resolution: 4,320 x 2,560

Obviously, the big difference here is the number of processing cores and the amount of onboard memory. Although the 1050 Ti’s base and boost clock speeds are lower than the other card, it utilizes more cores to better handle PC games and VR content. Having more onboard memory is a big help too, offering more work space for those cores to fondle high-resolution textures and more.

As their size shows, the cards have a low-profile design to fit in a compact space despite sporting two cooling fans. They also consist of military-grade Class 4 (MIL-STD-810G) components, meaning the components are tested to endure the “torturous circumstances” generated by overclocking and PC gaming. On that note, both cards can be safely overclocked using MSI’s free Afterburner utility.

More: Strap in with MSI’s VR One gaming-PC-in-a-backpack, now available for pre-order

Finally, both cards consume a two-slot space inside the PC, but only connect to one PCI Express x16 3.0 slot. They’re also powered by this slot, so don’t worry about providing an additional power connection from the local PSU. On top of that, both cards support DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, and a maximum resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 across three connected displays.

On the pricing front, MSI hasn’t released any numbers, but expect them to be slightly higher than Nvidia’s suggested retail price. However, the other “GT” models in MSI’s GTX 1050 arsenal are the GTX 1050 2GT OC and the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC, costing $120 and $150, respectively, giving us a ballpark figure until MSI releases pricing information.