The Best Low Profile Graphics Cards 2019

The Best Low Profile Graphics Cards

There are many reasons why you might want to consider a low profile graphics card for your present or future build. But the main reason is ultimately, their ability to fit into literally any case making them both versatile and space saving.

The 21st century has seen a huge increase in technological advancements with hardware components benefiting hugely. We don't recognise the low profile graphics card as a priority level hardware component, this being said, they've certainly seen their fair share of improvements in recent years. It's not just top tier GPU's that get all the attention.

In today's article the team sit down with what we believe are the best low profile cards currently available to the consuming public. Both AMD and Nvidia feature in this best of guide bringing their flagship low profile offerings to the table. Which will ultimately take the top spot?? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about LP GPU's.

 

Best Low Profile Graphics Cards

Product Details
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4GB

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4GB

  • clock speed: 1328MHz - 1442MHz
  • vram: 4GB GDDR5
  • memory bus width: 128 bit
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Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB

  • clock speed: 1392MHz - 1506MHz
  • vram: 2GB GDDR5
  • memory bus width: 128 bit
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EVGA GeForce GT 1030 SC 2GB GDDR5

EVGA GeForce GT 1030 SC 2GB GDDR5

  • clock speed: 1290MHz - 1544MHz
  • vram: 2GB GDDR5
  • memory bus width: 64 bit
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MSI RX 560 4GB LP OC

MSI RX 560 4GB LP OC

  • clock speed: Up to 1196 MHz
  • vram: 4GB GDDR5
  • memory bus width: 128 bit
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MSI AMD Radeon RX 460 4GT LP 4GB GDDR5

MSI AMD Radeon RX 460 4GT LP 4GB GDDR5

  • clock speed: 1200 MHz
  • vram: 4GB GDDR5
  • memory bus width: 128 bit
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Above is a sneak peak at whats to come in the following best of guide. We tried to mark them on a number of different factors but mainly price, performance, aesthetics and usability.

#1

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4GB

Contrary to what many will likely believe, the Gigabyte 1050 Ti which comes equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 Vram, is a fantastic option for those out their looking to build a small form PC which is capable of handling games.

The 1050 Ti from Gigabyte supports up to 4 displays which include dual link DVI-D ports, one DisplayPort and 2 HDMI ports making it extremely versatile across the board. The 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM makes gaming extremely viable and achieving playable FPS on some AAA titles is certainly not out of the question.

It comes with one of the better cooling systems attached which is both efficient and quiet. The card sits at 167mm meaning it's superb at space saving whilst still packing a punch.

A neat feature which many modern day GPU's come equipped with nowadays, is the OC mode which effectively makes overclocking your card as easy as switching on a light. Using Gigabytes Xtreme engine utility, you can simply switch on OC mode boosting the clock speed from 1328Mhz to a tasty 1442Mhz respectively.

The Gigabyte 1050 Ti Low profile graphics card gets our top spot in this best of guide and for good reason. Top performance, decent aesthetics and solid cooling are all factors which featured in the final verdict.

#2

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB

Next, comes the 1050 Ti's little brother, the 1050, which is again manufactured by the excellent Gigabyte.

The great thing about Gigabyte is the quality which their hardware components come to the table with. Whether its their latest flagship motherboard or a budget gpu offering, you know when purchasing Gigabyte you're effectively getting a product which is going to last. The 1050 is absolutely no different.

The 1050 has pretty much everything the 1050 Ti has to offer only with less VRAM. The 1050 comes to shelves with 2GB of GDDR5 instead of 4GB, effectively making it half as powerful as the Ti edition. This being said however, the 1050 is still able to produce playable FPS in some games if the settings are tweaked just right.

The length of this card is identical to the Ti, coming in at 167mm, and comes with the exact same overclocking software for fantastic boosted clock speeds. Whereas the Ti can be boosted to 1442Mhz, the 1050 OC can actually be boosted to 1506Mhz which is seriously impressive considering it's price tag.

#3

EVGA GeForce GT 1030 SC 2GB GDDR5

EVGA is another brand i'm sure everyone will be familiar with and gives us our 3rd offering in the shape of their excellent GT 1030 2GB graphics card.

The first thing that struck me with this card was how aesthetically pleasing it was right out the box. It's a very nice looking card. The heatsink/ fan setup sits at 68mm tall and 169mm long meaning it's quite wide but nothing that's going to cause your small build any problems. The fan's do work very well in keeping this card cool especially when in OC mode which boosts the internal clock speed from 1290Mhz to an impressive 1544Mhz.

The 1030 isn't the greatest card in the world as far as gaming is concerned but it does have enough juice to be able to play some games efficiently and works great for high definition design and photo editing.

Ultimately, the 1030 is a great little card if your looking for an all round option. It's affordable whilst still being able to achieve some solid performance results.

#4

MSI RX 560 4GB LP OC

We come to the AMD offerings and the first comes in the shape of MSI's RX 560 4Gb.

Ultimately, what your looking at is AMD's most powerful flagship, true low profile graphics card. The 560 was designed to succeed the 460 and comes to shelves boasting much better performance respectively.

The RX 560 is based upon AMD's latest Polaris GPU architecture which comes with 1024 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It has fantastic performance results as far as it's price is concerned and has the ability to play AAA game titles making it a worthy contender for an efficient LAN build.

This is the OC edition meaning it comes overclocked from it's factory counterpart straight out of the box. The boosted clock speed is 1196Mhz which when compared with the 1050 Ti seems a little lacking. MSI have compensated by bolstering other areas of the GPU effectively making it a more all round product.

#5

MSI AMD Radeon RX 460 4GT LP 4GB GDDR5

Our final recommendation comes in the shape of the RX 460 from MSI. The predecessor of the 560 which comes with higher boosted clock speed (just) and the same 4GB GDDR5 memory.

The 460 was designed with just 2GB of VRAM, however, due to the technological advancements and modern day games and tasks being much more GPU demanding, the guys at MSI decided to bolster this card to 4GB respectively. This works wonders for the card as it becomes much more powerful right across the board.

The card can handle some games but isn't considered the best if you're looking at gaming with this thing. Furthermore, the heatsink, which I think is relatively ugly, is quite bulky.

All being said, I still think the 460 shows good value for money and works excellently if your looking for a cheap card which is much more powerful than integrated graphics.

How to Choose the best Low Profile Graphics Card?

Like all hardware components, choosing the best one can sometimes be a tricky and stressful task. However, our team of PC enthusiasts spend hours every day browsing the web looking for the best hardware and most up to date technology so you don't have to worry.

For those out there who are scratching their heads now asking themselves why would I ever need a low profile graphics card, below, we've outlined some of the benefits that come with purchasing small form products.

Screen resolution

The first and most obvious area which needs to be addressed when referencing low profile graphics cards is their size. Ultimately, that is the number one reason why a consumer is going to be looking at these as a realistic hardware option.

Low profile, in the graphics card universe, usually refers to the overall height of the GPU itself. As many will know, the top GPU's in today's market are seriously hefty pieces of kit which take up a large amount of space thanks to their impressive heatsink and cooling setups. However, you won't have this problem with a low profile graphics card.

An LP GPU is a stripped back, half height (usually) graphics card which is custom designed to fit in much thinner cases. They usually come with subtle cooling systems which offers average levels of cooling meaning they aren't ideal for overclocking. This being said, in some cases they might be your only option, especially if you have a really small case.

Ultimately, a low profile graphics card won't be everyone's first choice but they certainly have a part to play in the PC world.

Power Consumption

Power consumption is another big plus for low profile graphics cards as they have the ability to run on much lower wattage's than regular sized GPU's such as the 2080's and the likes. This is mainly due to their small makeup and lack of additional components like fans and RGB.

What this means for your build is:

  • Smaller overall PSU required
  • Overall cost of build will be reduced
  • PSU power can be utilizes elswhere

In most cases, the LP GPU won't physically draw any power from the PSU connector but will get enough wattage directly from the PCI express 16x Slot it's plugged into.

Noise Ouput

Noise output may or may not be something that concerns you when looking at purchasing hardware, this being said, its certainly an area which we feel the low profile graphics card excels in.

Due to the stripped back, almost raw appearance of the LP GPU, most of them come with 1 solitary fan for their cooling needs. However, some of the entry level, budget offerings actually come with passive heatsink's for their cooling requirements and consequently make no noise what so ever.

This is especially good when you're looking at building a small, inconspicuous build as most of the time, smaller form cases don't accommodate very good sound proofing.

Cost

Finally, and potentially most importantly, is the cost of these small form cards. As one will imagine, a low profile graphics card naturally comes in at much cheaper than regular sized GPU's for a number of different factors:

  • Performance
  • Cooling
  • Aesthetics
  • RGB

This being said, low profile graphics card's are directly targeting small form builds which usually aren't built for gaming or highly stressful work tasks meaning performance isn't high on the list of priorities. What is high on that list however, is keeping cost's to a minimum, a task that these hardware components seem to do very well indeed.

Closing Thoughts...

There you have it, the best low profile graphics cards money can buy.

Overall, the low profile graphics card really only caters to one kind of user, and that's someone looking to build a really small, inconspicuous desktop computer. They were purpose designed to be small whilst maximizing performance. Thanks to new movements in technology we are finally being rewarded with decent products that actually have a purpose.

The 1050 Ti is by far the best card on this list and one that can handle games to a decent level. If you're looking for something more budget which caters towards design and less stressful gaming then the 1030 ticks these boxes nicely.

AMD guys will undoubtedly go for the 560 which hosts the best price to performance stats respectively.

What card would you go for? Which would best fit your small build? Leave us a comment in the box below letting us know!

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