MSI's latest GTX 1050s slot into even the smallest PCs


— 10:00 AM on November 21, 2016

Nvidia's Pascal-powered GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti deliver substantial graphics performance inside a 75W TDP. MSI is taking advantage of the cards' efficiency with a pair of low-profile pixel-pushers based on Nvidia's latest entry-level gaming GPUs. The two new cards are bus-powered, so they could be a good way to add some gaming horsepower to pre-built desktop PCs and compact HTPCs.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GT LP packs a 14-nm GP107 GPU with 640 stream processors and 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The 1354 MHz base and 1455 MHz boost clocks for this card are unsuprisingly identical to Nvidia's reference specifications. The 7008 MT/s memory speed is similarly in lock-step with Nvidia's reference specs.

Meanwhile, the company's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP boasts a fully-enabled GP107 GPU with 4GB of the same 7008 MT/s memory. The larger chip packs 768 stream processors, and it keeps Nvidia's reference 1290 MHz base clock and boost speeds of around 1392 MHz.

Both cards have the same port cluster with DisplayPort, HDMI, and dual-link DVI-D connectors. The cards have the identical 7.2" x 2.7" x 1.4" (18.2cm x 6.9cm x 3.5cm) dimensions and appear to use the same two-slot, dual-fan cooler. MSI includes both full-height and half-height retention brackets for these cards, so they should be able to slot into slim desktops without issue.

MSI isn't talking pricing for these cards yet, though they may carry a small premium over other GTX 1050s and GTX 1050 Tis on the market thanks to their space-saving form factors.

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