GALAX has joined the list of manufacturers to offer low-profile video cards based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series GPUs. The boards resemble similar products from other makers and are designed to upgrade low z-height PCs or build affordable small form-factor HTPCs. As with the other 1050-series parts, these are <75W, meaning no PCIe connector is needed.

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP and the GALAX GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC LP graphics cards are powered by NVIDIA’s GP107 GPU in different configurations and are equipped with 2 GB and 4 GB of 7Gbps GDDR5 memory respectively. Both add-in-boards use the same PCB design, which the manufacturer is proud of because it uses solid-state coils and has an additional heatsink on the VRM MOSFETs. For the main GPU cooling, the cards also use the same dual-slot dual-fan cooling system featuring an aluminum heatsink with a copper base. As for connectivity, both AIBs have the same set of outputs: one DL-DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0b and one DisplayPort 1.4 with HDCP 2.2 support.

The new low-profile graphics cards from GALAX run ~12 MHz faster than reference designs. The 1% frequency increase does not have any effect on the official power consumption of the cards, so their TDP remains at around 75 W level. They do not need any additional power connectors and can be installed in any modern PC with an open-ended PCIe 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 1303 - 1328 1290 1366 1366 - 1392 1354
Boost Clock (MHz) 1417 1417 - 1442 1392 1468 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 1 2 1 1 2 1
TDP 75 W
Launch Date 1/2017 2/2017 11/2016 1/2017 2/2017 11/2016

GALAX is the third supplier after GIGABYTE and MSI to officially launch low-profile GeForce GTX 1050-series video cards. While demanding gamers hardly pay attention to low-profile cards, these come handy when upgrading low-cost PCs or building miniature HTPCs. The GP107 chip supports DirectX 12, Vulkan, and has an advanced media playback engine that features hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video.

As reported previously, considering the positioning of the GeForce GTX 1050-series products, it unlikely that the new cards from GALAX will cost significantly more than NVIDIA’s MSRPs for similar video cards: $139 for the GTX 1050 Ti and $109 for the GTX 1050. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen when are we going to see the low-profile GALAX cards in the US. Right now the company’s online store as well as do not have them for sale. Since the GALAX brand belongs to Palit Microsystems, low-profile GeForce GTX 1050-series graphics cards from this manufacturer may emerge under different trademarks in different parts of the world (e.g., Gainward or KFA2 in Europe). 

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  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    No one forced you to read a reply intended for one particular person. Are you genuinely that insecure about your entertainment choices? It seems that way from here.
  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    I've got a GT 730 in my work computer, powering 3x 1080p screens. The CPU is only a dual-core Pentium something or other, so the GT is a heck of a lot more powerful than the onboard Intel graphics that only support dual-screen setups.

    Was hoping to upgrade to something newer, but there aren't any silent, low-profile GPUs available. Really hoping someone figures out how to make one using a 1000-series GPU. I really don't want to use a tower case. The slim desktop case I have now is mostly empty space as it is.

    Here's hoping a 1040 or similar comes out soon-ish, and that it's able to push 3 screens at 1440p or even 2160p in 2D.
  • StevoLincolnite - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    I have a Core 2 Quad Q9650 rig which is screaming for an upgrade from the old Radeon 6570 that's in it.

    But it can only have a single slot, Low-Profile GPU.
    A Geforce 1050 or Radeon RX 460 would be a perfect upgrade and give the machine a few more years of life.
  • tarqsharq - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    I think you're confusing "low profile" with "single slot"

    This is low profile, perfect for repurposing old SFF business machines with half height PCI slots...

    It's the cheapest way to jump into a low end "gaming" rig is to pick up a refurbished business workstation for $200 and tossing one of these in there.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Caution is advised in doing so. In the case of Dell Optiplex workstations, some of their PCIe slots cannot deliver enough power. I bumped into that problem with a Sandy Bridge-equipped 390 slim desktop. The slot was rated to a maximum of something like 37 watts. Checking the detailed tech specs for the business desktop in question might be a good idea before making any such moves.
  • Samus - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Many of those older 60-series and 70-series chipsets (and even some 50-series going back to Nehalem) had a 4-pin molex connector next to the PCIe slot for supplemental power just for this reason. It's true many OEM systems simply cannot supply 75-watts to the PCIe slot, especially microATX systems these cards are targeted at. Most of those systems have ~200-watt power supplies.
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    I have three SFF HP machines around the house that I would love to upgrade with these.
  • Calista - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    I decided to upgrade an i5-2400 SFF from HP with a low profile GTX 750. It was (more than a year ago) less than $80 USD and gave the computer enough power to handle even games such as Witcher 3 at 1080p, albeit only at 30 fps with low/medium quality settings. Every game I tried played just fine, offering a great path moving from an Intel HD2000 unable to handle any kind of modern game to even high-end titles.

    Had I preferred a full-size card - certainly. But I had no such option unless replacing the entire system, something which felt like overkill since I rarely game. Look around you, and you will realize SFF systems are rather common, not only in business environments, but also among offerings directed at end consumers.
  • HomeworldFound - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    This card could be a possible companion for the ASUS EX-B150M-V5 D3 shown yesterday, we could still rig a sound card in that second PCIe 4x slot. I always wonder though, why not reverse the card? There are lots of opportunities where a smaller system would benefit from a GPU and cooler on the other side of the board.
  • vseven - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - link

    Just like the last 1050 low profile post this lists HDMI 2.0b but MSI has said their card is 2.0, not a or b. Someone either needs to talk to MSI and get a official statement or update the incorrect chart.

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