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Saturday, February 20, 2021
By: Michael Size
From: Bruce Mines, Ontario
No fans Silent Low Power consumption (30 Watts MAX) Can Play Older games at 60fps at med-higher settings (Pre 2015) at 720p 16:9 or 1440x900 16:10 Support for Modern versions of API's. (ie; Vulkan, Direct X, Open GL) Affordable GPU for older or budget systems (ie; 3rd Gen i3/5/7 or older) Affordable and cheap GPU for modern systems where gaming isn't on the menu. Supports 4K resolution for basic tasks and watching video's. Comes with low-profile back plate
Not practical for modern gaming at 1080p, 1440p or 4K. It's do-able on 1080p or lower but on low settings with low framerates. Not practical for streaming. No Display Ports Heat sync is large and non-symmetrical, will not always fit in sff or micro ATX cases where components may be too close to the PCI.e slot. Overclocking will not make much of a difference in performance. Only 2GB GDDR5 memory (3GB would have been better) Watch out for DDR4 variant, as people have mistakenly bought the DDR4 version which performs very poorly.
I bought this GPU to be used in an old Lenovo 2nd Gen Intel i5 2400 system I was fixing up for my daughter. It had only 4GB of RAM (now has 16). With a SSD drive I was able to run a modern game (Fortnite) on Med settings, at 1440x900, with an average fps of 70-80. It ran at at stable 78fps on a 75hz monitor using a frame limiter. Needless to say I was impressed by this. I did not expect the GPU with an older CPU to handle the game like that. Even at the lower Resolution (non 1080p). Impressive. If your kids like to play E-sports titles like Fortnite, CSGo, or games like Minecraft, WOW etc; This GPU will suffice. As long as they don't mind gaming at lower resolutions. If you're into 1080p gaming, I suggest upgrading to a 1050ti 4GB variant. A good entry level, budget card that will play non AAA titles at med settings on lower resolutions, with decent fps and older AAA titles on med settings with decent fps.
Friday, July 17, 2020
From: North Vancouver
Underpowered for most 3D Graphics Applications & Games
If price really is you most important concern, this card works fine, but investing another $100 changed my gaming experience completely. I did return this and replace it with a GTX 1550 Super, and I am SO glad I did!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
I bought two of them for each of my kids. They can game all day on them with perfectly adequate performance on almost everything. It may not be at max detail, but even at 1080P there's nothing they can't actually *play*. And don't worry about these fanless units getting too hot. Even in compact SFF units, I've never had any heat-related troubles whatsoever - and silence is golden! :) Solid and reliable... no wonder they call it a "corporate stable model".
None. Who wouldn't like more speed, but that costs more money, sucks more power and generates more heat. For what it is, it's perfect. If you need more speed, the GTX 1050 2GB is only $50 more.
Great in a compact SFF machine, silent, solid, can do some moderate gaming all day long without a lick of issue. Thumbs-up!