Passive graphics cards are an excellent solution for those wanting a silent, but capable system. Palit is the first manufacturer to equip an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with a passive cooler. We've tested the silent GTX 1050 Ti KalmX.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a decent graphics card for gaming at a Full HD resolution, provided that you are content with medium to high settings. Furthermore the card has practically all the features that a media consumer would ask for, such as H.265-decoding (including 10-bit) and an HDMI 2.0 output. Therefore it's an ideal card to upgrade an older system for usage as a modern media center.
Palit has equipped this KalmX variant of the GTX 1050 Ti with a large aluminum cooling block, which allows the card to work without any active cooling. The card is a bit on the side, with its width of 12 centimeters, but thanks to its relatively short length of 18.5 centimeters, it barely sticks out above a Mini-ITX motherboard. It will fit just fine in smaller cases, as long as it doesn't hit the side panel.
The clock speeds have not been touched by Palit and the amount of memory, 4 GB, has also not been changed compared to Nvidia's reference model. There's something for everyone in terms of monitor outputs: one HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort can be found on the I/O panel.
The Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX costs about 200 dollars and is therefore cheaper than popular models from manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. It's priced similarly to budget models from the aforementioned manufacturers.