Palit GTX 1050 Ti Kalm bulks up for silent running


— 9:25 AM on February 6, 2017

Nvidia's power-efficient GeForce GTX 1050 Ti offers excellent gaming performance within a small power envelope. The design is so efficient that we've reported on three different implementations of half-height GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards, Nvidia packed every last stream processor from the desktop GTX 1050 Ti into the mobile version, and we've even seen DIY experiments of strapping fanless coolers onto retail GTX 1050 cards. Palit's latest offering capitalizes on the mini-Pascal's power efficiency. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX is a full-height double-slot PCIe graphics card with no fans to disturb users' delicate ears.

The big difference between the KalmX and the mainsteam GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards is obviously its cooling solution, which trades away a normal-size heastink-and-fans arrangement for a a couple of heatpipes and a large array of aluminum fins. The card's power requirement is only 75W, so no PCIe power connector is present. The card is rather large for a GP107-based solution, at 7.2" x 5.6" x 1.5" (18cm x 14cm x 4cm). We must note that while the 5.6" heatsink is the widest we've seen for a GTX 1050 Ti, pretty much every major graphics card vendor offers substantially longer dual-fan overkill GTX 1050 Ti models.

The KalmX sticks tightly to Nvidia's reference 1290 MHz base and 1392 MHz boost clock speeds, and the 4GB of onboard memory runs at the same 7000 MT/s as most GTX 1050 Ti cards. The base port arrangement of one dual-link DVI-D connector, one HDMI 2.0b output, and one DisplayPort 1.4 adorns the back of the card, so four-monitor setups won't be an out-of-the-box possibility.

We have no pricing or availability info for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX, but we'd expect it to be more expensive than standard fan-equipped GTX 1050 Ti models. Palit cards can sometimes be difficult to track down in the US, so silence-seeking gerbils might have to do some digging to clasp their claws around one of these. Based on Tom's experience with a homebrewed fanless GTX 1050 Ti, those gerbils might want to make sure to have at least one chassis fan spinning at low speed, just to provoke a little air movement within their computer.

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