Best Single Slot Graphics Card for Gaming & Work in 2017

Almost all of the mid-range and high-end graphics cards available today comes with dual slot design which means they occupy two slots on your motherboard and computer case. This is because these cards come with powerful GPUs and to cool them a larger heatsink with one or more fans is required thereby increasing the height of the graphics card.

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The main disadvantage of dual slot graphics cards is that they occupy two or more slot on your motherboard and if you have a smaller motherboard like microATX then you cannot fit additional devices in the vacant PCI-E or PCI slots that are occupied by the graphics card.  Only some of the entry level graphics cards come with single slot form factor but they are not good for gaming purpose. But having said that there are some good single slot graphics cards that are quite powerful and you can use them for decent amount of gaming and graphics related work. So here in this post i am going to provide you the list of best single slot graphics cards available today.

Advantages of Single Slot Graphics Card

  • Occupies less space in computer case
  • Allows better ventilation in PC case
  • Generally consumes lesser power

Best Single Slot Graphics Cards from Nvidia

Here are the best single slot GPUs or graphics cards from Nvidia for gaming and graphics related work.

EVGA GeForce GT 730 4GB DDR3

This is a budget graphics card that comes with 4GB 128-bit DDR3 memory. EVGA also has other GT 730 models in GDDR5 & DDR3 variant but only this one comes with single slot design. It is a decent powerful card but is not meant for extreme gaming. Yes you can play older games on medium settings and some of the latest games on low settings.

EVGA GeForce GT 730 4GB DDR3 128bitEVGA GeForce GT 730 comes with 96 CUDA Cores which is way less because the 64-bit DDR3 and GDDR5 variant comes with 384 CUDA Cores. This is good card for watching HD movies, video editing, photo editing and for running basic to medium graphics softwares. You can get this graphics card well under 100 dollars from the link below.

EVGA GeForce GT 730 4GB DDR3 Specifications
CUDA Cores 96
GPU Clock 700 MHz
Memory Clock 1400 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB DDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports DVI x 2, HDMI

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EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR3 Superclocked

This is a more powerful graphics card compared to the above mentioned EVGA GT 730.  EVGA GeForce GT 740 SC Single Slot Graphics Card comes with 384 CUDA Cores and 4GB DDR3 memory. The card comes with a bigger heatsink and a relatively smaller fan for cooling.

EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR3 SuperclockedThis is also not a true gaming card but it can be used for decent amount of gaming especially for playing older games at high settings. This card is powerful enough to run games like CSGO on max settings and you can also play latest games at low-medium settings at decent resolution. You can get this GT 740 single slot graphics card a tad above 100 dollars from the link given below.

EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR3 SC Specifications
CUDA Cores 384
GPU Clock 1059 MHz
Memory Clock 1334 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB DDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports DVI x 2, mini-HDMI

Buy EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR3

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (1-Slot Edition)

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a powerful mid-range graphics card based on the Pascal GPU architecture from Nvidia. It comes with 768 CUDA Cores and 4GB GDDR5 memory. On this mid-range graphics card you can play latest games on high settings at 1080p resolution with playable frame rates. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is powerful than Radeon RX 460 and has performance equivalent to that of Radeon RX 560.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Single Slot

Here we have single slot GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card from Inno3D. This graphics card is really sleek and it strictly occupies only a single slot in your PC case. Unlike other GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards, this one does not come overclocked and it has the same GPU and Memory frequencies as with reference GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. Inno3D GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Single Slot graphics card does not require external power from the PSU and needs only a decent 400 power supply for its working. Some important features of this card includes Nvidia G-Sync,  Nvidia Ansel, Vulkan API support and Nvidia GPU Boost.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (1-Slot Edition) Specifications
CUDA Cores 768
GPU Clock 1290 / 1392 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DP

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GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA

GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA is undoubtedly the most powerful single slot graphics card that you can get for high-end gaming or professional graphics related work. GeForce GTX 1070 is a high-end graphics card from Nvidia based on the Pascal GPU architecture. The card comes with 1920 CUDA Cores and 8GB GDDR5 memory having 256-bit memory interface or bus-width. On this card you can play latest games on very high / ultra graphics settings at 1440p resolution with 60+ FPS.

This single slot GeForce GTX 1070 comes with an all copper heatsink which helps in dissipate the heat more quickly and efficiently. The bracket also comes with special holes to remove the heat generated inside the card. This is known as RazorX Technique & Turbo Radiator from Galax that consists of a copper cooling and advanced vapor chamber. The fan on this card is a blower type fan which blows air sideways on the heatsink for cooling it. This is a SLI ready card which means you can run two of these cards in multi-GPU setup on your PC and double your gaming performance. The card is also VR Ready which means it can seamlessly run all your Virtual Reality applications and games. The card has maximum power consumption of 150W and an requires an 8-pin PCI-E power connector. You need a good 500W PSU to power this single slot GTX 1070 graphics card.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA Specifications
CUDA Cores 1920
GPU Clock 1518/1708 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

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Best Single Slot Graphics Cards from AMD

Here are the best single slot or single height graphics cards from AMD for gaming as well as video related work.

XFX RADEON RX 460 4GB GDDR5 SLIM

This is one of the best single slot gaming graphics cards you can get for your gaming PC. XFX Radeon RX 460 Slim is a powerful single slot graphics card that comes with 896 Stream Processors and 4GB GDDR5 Video memory. This is an affordable graphics card which is based on the AMD’s latest Polaris GPU architecture. This card is considerably faster than the GeForce GTX 750 Ti which is a very good mid-range graphics card from Nvidia based on the Maxwell GPU architecture. The gaming performance of Radeon RX 460 is comparable to that of GeForce GTX 1050.

XFX RADEON RX 460 4GB GDDR5 SLIM Single Slot

This is the only RX 460 card that has single slot design as other RX 460 cards require two slots for their accommodation. On this card you can play latest games on medium settings on 1080p with good frame rates. It supports many advanced features and technologies such as DirectX 12, Vulkan, FreeSync, CrossFire, AMD LiquidVR technology, VSR. This is not a power hungry card as it does not require any PCI-E power connector from the PSU and needs only a good 400W power supply for its working.

XFX RADEON RX 460 4GB GDDR5 SLIM Specifications
Stream Processors 896
GPU Clock 1220 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Slim

XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB Slim Single Slot

Radeon RX 550 is a budget graphics card in the latest Radeon RX 500 graphics card series. This is a great card for users who are are on budget and just to play older games or eSports titles on their budget gaming PC. Radeon RX 550 comes with 512 Stream Processors and support all the latest graphics APIs including DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan etc. Here we have single slot version of Radeon RX 550 graphics card which is XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB Slim Single Slot. This slim Radeon RX 550 graphics card comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory having 128-bit interface.

XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB Slim Single Slot

This budget single slot graphics card is based on the Polaris GPU architecture from AMD and comes with DVI, HDMI and DP ports. The card is powerful enough for casual gaming, video editing and other graphics related work. The card consumes very low power (TDP 50 Watt) and it does not require additional power connectors from the PSU.

XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB Slim Single Slot Specifications
Stream Processors 512
GPU Clock 1203 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB Single Slot

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Final Words

Gaming single slot graphics cards are very rare because powerful GPUs require good cooling and it is difficult to cool down a powerful GPU by having a single slot design. Nevertheless here I have provided the best available single slot graphics cards for your PC and if you have any doubts or queries then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Apopas July 30, 2017
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