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Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX passive graphics card released

by Mark Tyson on 6 February 2017, 13:31

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Palit

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Palit Microsystems has released a new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card with passive cooling. The Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX is the first passively cooled GTX 1050 Ti we have seen so far, though we have seen several low profile examples with this GPU. With the new GTX 1050 Ti KalmX installed, users should be able to enjoy a "silent 0dB gaming environment" in modern AAA games running at "full 1080p HD @60 fps," claims Palit.

Central to this graphics card's claim to fame is its design dominating cooler. This chunky conducting metal construction is connected directly to the GPU via a copper base construction. Twin nickel plated heat pipes pierce the copper block, bend round and thread through the many (also nickel plated) fins.

You can see from the top-down shot of the graphics card that the fins are actually within the dual-slot confines, not spilling into the next expansion slot space. However this card has a bit of height above the bracket lip which is something to consider. According to the specs it is 182mm long x 142mm tall. That's 30mm taller than Palit's own actively cooled GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Dual (166mm long x 112mm tall).

While the sizes are drastically different between the passive and actively cooled cards, the graphics and memory clocks are the same; GPU Base Clock: 1290MHz / Boost Clock: 1392MHz, Memory Clock: 3500MHz (DDR 7000MHz). Of course the clock speeds could easily throttle down if there is a lack of airflow or other reason for heat build-up.

Other standard specs are the 4GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 128-bit bus, Memory Bandwidth of 112GB/s, 768 CUDA cores, 75W max power draw. Connectors are provided for HDMI 2.0, Dual-Link DVI, and DisplayPort (one of each).

Pricing and availability in the UK are yet to be detailed. However, as this card is released we should have some reviews soon - Guru3D says it has one on the test bench, for example.



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Terrible picture they've chosen for the box art. It makes it look as though it populates about 4 slots.

I'm not sure how much of a market there is for silent graphics cards now. Most CPUs come with built-in GPUs for HTPC use and for those who do want to game there's plenty of near silent solutions now, which will probably cost a good bit less than this.
This would only tempt me to install 2x120mm fans underneath and 2x120mm fans above it, just to see how far I could cool this thing on only air, which defeats the whole purpose of buying one! The last time I bought a silent passively cooled GPU was on an old Asus 8600GT back in the day, but that thing ran so hot that it put me off for life.
Always good to see more diversity in low end GPU coolers - remember last gen when everything came in a dual slot package with at least 2 fans?
Looks like a nice toast rack.
EvilCycle
This would only tempt me to install 2x120mm fans underneath and 2x120mm fans above it, just to see how far I could cool this thing on only air, which defeats the whole purpose of buying one! The last time I bought a silent passively cooled GPU was on an old Asus 8600GT back in the day, but that thing ran so hot that it put me off for life.

I bought a passive Gigabyte HD4850 and it always ran hot. Despite using an Arctic cooling cooler, the card died eventually. These days I go for Factory cooling. MSi have decent coolers and none of the cards are yet to fail for me