I am too cheap to replace my kids Dell Optiplex 7020, so I convinced him to buy a MSI 1050Ti 4GB with his allowance to get the best performance without replacing his PC. He currently has Corei5 4590, 16GB RAM, 128GBSSD, and 1TB WD black. He is playing Doom 4 and Overwatch on High custom settings with ease.
I did upgrade his PS with a Corsair 650 I had laying around though.
There no way your going get GTX 1050 in SFF or USFF case as those computer architecture are meant be used as client system just web, email, doc and other light appsSomething Ryan doesn't mention is that not all x16 slots will supply the full 75W. Sometimes they're limited to 25W or so, especially in physically small systems.
There no way your going get GTX 1050 in SFF or USFF case
There are plenty of examples of ITX builds with founders edition-size cards. The funky OEM custom SFF housings are another story, but if it has a slot, some creative Dremeling might get it working.There no way your going get GTX 1050 in SFF or USFF case as those computer architecture are meant be used as client system just web, email, doc and other light apps
Lol that machine still probably has a good 2-3 years of above 60 fps gaming as long as you upgrade the video card. 4590 is well above average.
Low-Profile 1050Ti's inbound:
If it fits, someone is going to plug it in.
This summer I received a free Dell Studio XPS 8100 with i7 870 2.93GHz and 8GB memory from a friend that was upgrading. It had a failing hard drive, so I replaced it with an old Crucial m4 512GB SSD and installed Windows 10 64bit using a Win7 key that I got here on [H] before the 7to10 upgrade promotion ended.
It only has a 300W power supply, so video card options are limited. I didn't want to spend much money upgrading it.
I gotta say, with the i7 870 quad core running at almost 3GHz and turbo hitting 3.3 or 3.4 GHz and the SSD, this system is actually really quick for something that is now over 4 or 5 years old. It's also one of the quietest computers I've ever heard.
It had a crappy Nvidia GTS 240 video card installed that was totally outmatched by the rest of the system, so I bought an EVGA GTX 950 SSC Gaming 2GB card for $110 after rebate which I thought was a good deal for a card that did not require more than a 300W power supply. It made a HUGE difference in gaming performance while remaining fairly cheap and not power hungry.
Now with the latest black Friday deals, I grabbed an EVGA GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB card for $115 after rebate to put in the same system. I'll move the 950 SSC to an older system that currently has a GTX 285 to give it a good upgrade.
Bottom line is I agree with the article that these 1050 Ti cards are pretty nice for the price and don't require an extra PCIe power cable to run which is great for OEM systems like Dell, etc.. I mean... 4 GB on the video card and no extra power required? Awesome!
Edit: Corrected error above stating EVGA card didn't need a PCIe power connector when I meant that it didn't need more than 300W of power but does have a 8pin PCIe power connector. Oops.