Low-profile graphics cards are primarily used by owners of small form-factor desktops who want to have a more or less decent graphics that can run casual video games. GPU manufacturers tend to release new low-profile products with every generation of GPUs, and in the recent weeks we encountered two cards based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650: one from MSI and one from ZOTAC.

Specification wise, MSI’s GeForce GTX 1650 4GT LP and ZOTAC’s Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile are very similar. Both cards are based on NVIDIA’s TU117 GPU featuring 896 CUDA cores clocked at up to 1665 MHz that is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. Both cards consume up to 75 W of power and therefore do not need any auxiliary PCIe power connectors, which makes them compatible with entry-level desktops from large OEMs that usually do not have any spare power cables inside.

The key difference between low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards from MSI and ZOTAC is configuration of their display outputs. The MSI unit has a DVI-D and an HDMI 2.0b, whereas the Zotac comes with a DVI-D, a DisplayPort 1.4, and an HDMI 2.0b connector. Since the TU117 graphics processor supports hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of HEVC (H.265) and VP9 video at 4Kp60 as well as HDR10, both cards can be used for HTPCs.

MSI’s GeForce GTX 1650 4GT LP and ZOTAC’s Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile AIBs are already listed by their manufacturers on their websites, and so we expect the products to show up in retail shortly. In fact, since ZOTAC's unit was demonstrated at Computex, this board may be a little bit closer to release than MSI's device.

Neither MSI nor ZOTAC disclose MSRPs of their low-profile graphics cards, but it is logical to expect these entry-level units to be available at prices very close to MSRP recommended by NVIDIA, which is $149.

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  • bchiemara - Monday, August 19, 2019 - link

    A dell optiplex 7010 SFF and a 1050 TI OC 4GB gives me outstanding 1080p gaming and decent 1440 (2k) gaming for less than $500. In GTA V I get above 90 fps in all scenes with everything on very high and 2x AF 16x AA. Specs? i7 3770 4 core 8 thread 3.9 ghz cpu with 16 GB Ram, geforce 1050TI OC 4 GB video (I have this clocked at 1847 mhz core and 4104 mhz memory which stays at a temp of 53c, CPU sits at 62c) I spent $300 on the 7010 box (bought the one I unboxed and was using at work until they upgraded us to dell optiplex 5050s) and $149 on the card from Amazon.
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

    as others pointed out, it can get dirt cheap. however, the issue with old systems is core counts versus what Ryzen offers with its 6 or 8 core Ryzens (excluding better efficiency) which recent games can now utilize.
    there is a rising trend with old Xeon CPUs being matched with cheap Chinese made motherboards but the performance lacking to first generation Ryzens which costs just a bit more
  • Skeptical123 - Friday, June 28, 2019 - link

    Lol in this price teir it does not matter having more than 4 cores. As long as the IPC is ok (ie made by intel in the last ~8 years) you should have little issues running games with a GTX 1650.
  • michael2k - Friday, June 28, 2019 - link

    The problem is you're talking about someone buying a 1650; 6 or 8 cores probably aren't that big a deal if they're buying a budget GPU. I have a quad core powering a 1050, I didn't need anything more powerful.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    Not sure about nowadays, but the HP Gen8 Microserver was pretty solid, and available *new* for ~£130 after rebate a few years ago. You can put up to 200W of stuff into the European version. Obviously you might want more than Ivy Bridge today, but I suspect there are similar options.
  • Samus - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

    They're cute but for a SFF\ITX case they really need to be blowers, not top down fan coolers.
  • timecop1818 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    They should fuck off with that DVI socket while they're at it.
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    @ timecop - lol, agree, and I like how you put it so eloquently.
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

    Yes please and thank you for pointing that out. DVI is stupid.
  • AlyssaPatterson - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

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