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[OCN Labs] Palit 1050 Ti KalmX by Duality92

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I just want to start off by saying a big thank you to Palit for this review sample!

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Specifications

GPU Core - GP107-400
Shader Processors - 768
TMU's - 48
ROP's - 32
GPU freq - 1,290 MHz
Boost freq - 1,392 MHz
Mem freq - 1,752 MHz
Mem size - 4 GB GDDR5
mem bus - 128-bit
TDP - 75W


Packaging - Exterior




The outer packaging for this video card, like all video cards, is full colored, with all specifications along with a full render of the video card.


Packaging - Interior






The interior features a brown box, which contains the video card, instruction manual and CD with drivers.


First view and impressions



When having this card in my hand for the first time, I was very surprised at the sheer size of the card. You immediately understand why this card can be passive. The fins are very thick and large. The heatsink has a very premium feel to it.


Heatsink






The heatsink features a tiny bezel parallel to the card which carries the company name and the KalmX branding. You can also see, when looking into the fins, that it is made to contact with more components on the GPU PCB. We'll see later what these are!


PCB - Back



The cards PCB looks small compared to the size of the heatsink. This is reassuring that the card can work passively.


Display outputs



The card features a DVI port, HDMI and display port, so should be able to satisfy most users.


Die shots and heatsink part 2






The GP107 die of the 1050 Ti is cooled directly by a cold plate, which is in contact with two long heatpipes distributing heat through the large fin array, while the VRM is cooled directly by fins to prevent overheating.


Memory



The card features 4GB (4*1GB) Micron D9TRZ chips.


Packaging content




The card package, as mentionned earlier, contains a one page per language instruction manual for installing drivers along with the driver CD.


Let's go see benchmarks!


Benchmarking and Overclocking GPUZ Stock vs Overclocked and MSI Afterburner (Click to show)
Stock - GPUZ

Overclocked - GPUZ

Overclocked - MSI Afterburner
3DMark Firestrike (Click to show)
Firestrike - Stock Passive - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20177994

Firestrike - Stock with Fan - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20199695

Firestrike - Overclocked with Fan - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20217125
Unigine Heaven (Click to show)
Heaven - Stock Passive

Heaven - Stock with Fan

Heaven - Overclocked with Fan
Unigine Superposition (Click to show)
Superposition - Stock Passive

Superposition - Stock with Fan

Superposition - Overclocked with Fan
3DMark Time Spy (Click to show)
Timespy - Stock Passive - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20177855

Timespy - Stock with Fan - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20199773

Timespy - Overclocked with Fan - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20216930
Unigine Valley Benchmark (Click to show)
Valley - Stock Passive

Valley - Stock with Fan

Valley - Overclocked with Fan


Data Summary



My card sample seems to be a great clocker on stock voltage. Since I was already hitting my power limit very often, I did not overclock it using additional voltage. With a fan blowing a bit of air over the card, it will yield phenomenal temperatures. My card was benched horizontally with a 140mm fan, blowing at <800 RPM diagonally to the card at 3 inches away.

We see a almost linear improvement with clock and score increase through all benchmarks.



Conclusion

This card has great potential in a light gaming rig, even working passively, this card can cool itself, which is great, but what is even better is that with light airflow, this card stays as cool as a watercooled GPU, which in itself is a great feat. I was a bit skeptic at first because of it only having two heat pipes, but boy was I proved wrong.

If you're in the market for a 1050 Ti, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend this card!

I'd easily give it a 5 out of 5 flames!!

 

 

Want this item ? See below UK & US Links

 

 

 

(UK) Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - Black 

(US) Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - Black 

post #2 of 5
Oh, nice, based on the pictures alone that's the kind of 1050Ti I'd buy. Three video outputs and none are VGA, it's capable of being made single-slot with no modifications to the board, and a stock passive cooler is always an interesting sight. thumb.gif

Temperatures are good too. Active cooling doesn't seem to help performance by more than a margin of error because the passive cooler is so good. However, like all passive coolers, adding the tiniest amount of airflow improves temperatures dramatically.

I'd look into one for sure if I weren't so happy with my 750Ti. biggrin.gif
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it looks very stylish thumb.gif
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Hmm, thanks for review. I have been looking at this card for some time. The perfect type for me..
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post #5 of 5
I might have to pick one up for GPU passthrough.
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