After covering some of the fastest NVIDIA cards, it’s time to take a closer look at the smallest Pascal graphics card. Courtesy of ZOTAC, we check out the tiny and adorable ZOTAC Geforce GTX 1050 Ti Mini.
It wasn’t long ago when we tried out the mini-ITX based MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC graphics card, and the ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti Mini is no different. The “Super Compact Solution” chassis as ZOTAC calls it, is designed to fit almost 99% of cabinets and motherboards. The design of the card’s chassis is clean and simple. There is a large 90mm fan that’s placed on the front-right end of the card, followed by sporty lines that go to the left side of the card. The fan is accompanied by an aluminum sunflower-shaped heasink for an even distribution of the heat from the GPU.
The rear side of the card’s mainboard isn’t protected by any back plate, and that’s no surprise since the card isn’t high-end and manufacturers would prefer to save their fancy features for flagship models. The ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti Mini houses one HDMI 2.0b port, one Display Port 1.4, and one DL-DVI port.
Just like the MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC card, this little ZOTAC does not need another any sort of external power connection as the card draws the required power from the motherboard. A cool feature indeed for a card that can somewhat handle demanding games at 1080p. This could be further indication that sometime in the distant future, we would be able to see GPU’s that can handle games with less or no requirement for extra power connectors.