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Video card support plate

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 27, 2013 6:03:48 PM

hi, my video card has a metal support plate attached to the back of it and the front of the computer. i am about to replace the video card which is longer than the old one. will i need to buy a new support plate? do i really need one?
a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 6:12:40 PM

No, those are really just for shipping heavy cards.
January 27, 2013 6:19:32 PM

ok. my old card (GTX260) has a support plate connected to it but it is not a long or heavy card so it seems a bit odd to me.

my new card may be a GTX660 which is 269mm long.
both cards take up 2 slots (39mm high).

here is an example photo just to check we are talking about the same thing:

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January 30, 2013 5:26:26 PM

I've ordered the GTX660 which is 269mm long! It will fit my case and I hope that I don't need a metal support plate (as shown in the photo above). If you guys think I do then please let me know. Thanks.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2013 5:48:59 PM

Its fine. The 660 isn't exactly a whale so it shouldn't sag too much.
January 30, 2013 6:19:54 PM

cookybiscuit said:
Its fine. The 660 isn't exactly a whale so it shouldn't sag too much.
thanks for your confirm. :D 
January 31, 2013 7:06:11 PM

Job done! I installed the lengthy GTX660 today - it didn't have a support plate or any way of attaching one that I could see. It did wiggle a bit but it's in and working just fine / so avoiding earth quakes all should be well.