We've seen NVIDIA release its lineup of high-performance Pascal GPU graphics cards so now it's time to turn to the mid and lower-end of the spectrum which the company entered with the recently revealed GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti cards. Today, courtesy of MSI, we try out the MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC graphics card.
It’s good to see powerful GPU’s make its way into small and compact graphics card that’s meant for mini-ITX builds, and MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC is a fine example for those looking for entry-level Pascal GPU in such a small form-factor. The design is simple and straight forward with not much fancy body work. The card consists of just one large cooling fan on-board, surrounded by a strong and firm, black colored plastic body with white collars.
However, the MSI Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC doesn’t hold a back plate to protect the rear side of the chipset. That’s expected, since GPU makers reserve some of the main features for faster cards.
Despite being small, this little Pascal holds the essential options for display output: one Display Port 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, and one DL-DVI-D port.
Something that surprised us was when we connected the card to our testbed. Notice anything in the picture above? The card doesn’t need any external power connectors as it draws power from the motherboard. A pretty impressive feat for an overclocked version of the 1050 Ti cards which in turn shows how power efficient the Pascal GPU can be. Are we looking at a future where flagship graphics cards would not need any power connectors and follow suit?