MSI Puts The GTX 1050Ti On A Low-Profile Diet
In press briefings prior to the launch of the new GeForce GTX 1050 TI NVIDIA, as the designers of the GPU, were their usual coy selves regarding the potential for less mainstream form-factor variants of the card. The initial release wave included compact designs, cards which were shorter than usual to account for the particularly cramped system internals inside many mini-ITX system, but half-height models were no-where to be found. Now, via TechPowerUp, comes news that MSI will be introducing a new twist on the GTX 1050Ti: a standard length half-height model.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP is a bus-power design that utilises a narrow dual-slot cooler and half-height PCB, differentiating it from the rest of the GTX 1050 Ti range. Understandably MSI have had to make accommodations with the cooling on this card, which utilises a finned aluminium heatsink and 50mm fans (typical RPM values weren't shared). In total the card is ~19cm long and incorporates a full-length PCI-E x16 slot interface so you'll perhaps need to measure up your systems internal dimensions to ensure it's appropriate.
Through the use of a dual-slot PCI-E bracket the card supports Dual-Link DVI, Displayport 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b video outputs in line with reference specifications, and can hence support multi-monitor configurations. Despite the restrictive cooling options the card still conforms to the GTX 1050 Ti's reference performance specs: 4GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 7000Gbps as well as a core clocked at 1290MHz Base/1392MHz boost. It's perhaps not wise to assume huge overclocking potential due to the power and cooling restrictions - if nothing else small high-RPM fans tend to be noisy beasts going all-out - but you may be able to squeeze a couple of bins from the card.
This model is due to be available soon, with pricing yet to be disclosed. If your system chassis appropriate it will be one to keep an eye on, cards of this performance level and form factor aren't typical in the consumer space.