If you’re looking to build a small-form-factor gaming PC, in this guide, we’ve listed seven of the best low-profile video cards at various price-points and performance levels to help you find the right option for your system.
Up until the rise in interest in small-form-factor systems started a few years back, there weren’t a lot of options for mini or low-profile components. Nowadays, more and more PC hardware and components are becoming available in smaller sizes. Graphics cards are no different. While there still aren’t an enormous amount of mini or low profile graphics cards on the market, there are definitely more available now than there have been in the past. In fact, there are now small-form-factor video cards available that hold the highest-end single-GPUs available. And, that means that, if you are looking to build a small-form-factor gaming PC, you’ve never had more potential to build a high-end system inside of a smaller chassis as you do today.
In this guide, we’re going to take a look at seven of the best low-profile video cards across a range of price points and performance levels. So, if you are planning on building a smaller system, there are compact graphics card options below that will suit your needs regardless of whether you have a larger budget or a lower budget.
*NOTE: It should be noted that in this guide, we’ve taken a look at two different styles of small-form-factor video cards: mini graphics cards, and low-profile graphics cards. Low-profile graphics cards aren’t as long or as tall as standard graphics cards, and mini graphics cards aren’t as long as standard graphics cards, but typically come in similar heights. So, if height clearance will be an issue for your build, you might want to stick to looking at the low-profile options below.
In order to help you make your decision as easy as possible, we’ve provided a quick look table below that lists our top picks for the best low-profile and mini video cards at a variety of categories. We’ve chosen our pick for the best high-end mini video card, the best-overall low-profile video card, the best mid-range option, and the best affordable low-profile graphics card.
ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti
ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti
EVGA GTX 1060
MSI RX 560
*If you want to read our full overview on each of the graphics cards listed above, click on the “Read Review »” and you’ll be taken to our write-up on it. You can also read overviews on our Honorable Mention picks by scrolling further down on this page.
Is A Mini or Low-Profile Video Card Right for You?
If you’re planning on building a gaming computer inside of a mini-ITX or micro-ATX case and you need a smaller graphics card that will fit inside of it, one of the options above should work for you. If you want to check out higher-end options, or even just some standard-size graphics cards, check out our two guides below for more video card options.