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PowerColor Says Graphics Cards Are Too Heavy

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

Never break your precious graphics cards again.

With high-end graphics cards putting on weight, PowerColor says that cases and motherboards simply don't provide enough support for these hardware behemoths. A particularly vulnerable area is the rear of the card, away from the relative strength of the case backplate.

The company claims that a PCIe slot can only take so much, before it snaps and interrupts your 16AA Crysis 2 experience. The graphics card vendor will release what it calls the PowerJack, a retractable brace that can be used to prop up ultra-heavy graphics cards.

Weighing only 30 grams, the PowerJack supports loads of up to a kilo-and-a-half. It can extend from its 61.25mm height up to 150mm. PowerColor will start bundling the PowerJack with its heavier cards (no specific yet) this July 15, and sell the accessory separately a few "weeks" after for $9.99.

A Jacked Up New Product from PowerColor

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    frye , July 9, 2010 1:40 AM
    Whatever happened to technology getting faster and smaller?

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    skimicro , July 9, 2010 1:42 AM
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    PowerColor Says Graphics Cards Are Too Heavy

    Wow!!! These guys at PowerColor are pretty smart. Who knew video cards were getting heavy.
    That won't work on PC cases with a PSU at the bottom.
    I have 205mm from the bottom of the case to my video card. Maybe I can use a car jack.
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    Parsian , July 9, 2010 1:38 AM
    i was wondering when they going to talk about the weight of these monsters...

    but i personally would need to see evidence for the claim that current cards are heavy enough to do such damage but nevertheless it is reasonable
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    frye , July 9, 2010 1:40 AM
    Whatever happened to technology getting faster and smaller?

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    skimicro , July 9, 2010 1:42 AM
    Quote:
    PowerColor Says Graphics Cards Are Too Heavy

    Wow!!! These guys at PowerColor are pretty smart. Who knew video cards were getting heavy.
    That won't work on PC cases with a PSU at the bottom.
    I have 205mm from the bottom of the case to my video card. Maybe I can use a car jack.
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    eklipz330 , July 9, 2010 1:45 AM
    fryeWhatever happened to technology getting faster and smaller?

    chips are getting smaller, but they can pack a lot more on the cards so it's also denser


    this is a waste of money, i'd just tie the ends of the card to the top of the case, so if the card breaks the pci-e slot, it breaks the case too!
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    IzzyCraft , July 9, 2010 1:45 AM
    fryeWhatever happened to technology getting faster and smaller?

    the gpu's get faster and smaller but also now getting more power hungry and hotter
    I'm waiting for everything to be tri slot graphics cards lol.

    This is also why you should always secure your graphics cards with screws.

    Also didn't the 8800 ultra come with like a hdd cage brace to hold it up.
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    xxsk8er101xx , July 9, 2010 1:46 AM
    PowerColor has a point. The only downside I can see to a heavy graphics card is if you didn't screw it in however.
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    digitalrazoe , July 9, 2010 2:10 AM
    So .. umm when are they going to address these big a$$ed fans we have to put over our CPUs to keep them cool ?
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    eugenester , July 9, 2010 2:11 AM
    This is only good for single card apllications, since you can't also hold the seoncd/third/fouth card. However, for those things, the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced and the Haf X come with a GPU brace. But 10bucks? For something I can make with a piece of wood from a dump? Oh well nits not too bad.
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    nforce4max , July 9, 2010 2:13 AM
    I got a case that has something like this, its annoying. Most of the weight can be balanced on the I/O bracket instead of the slot but they wont do that. People should be more careful about their hardware and then they wouldn't have stuff like this happened. I learned my lesson the hard way several times and am better off that way having learned a valuable lesson.
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    banthracis , July 9, 2010 2:42 AM
    I wasn't aware that board's breaking was an issue.

    Perhaps PowerColor shouldn't use the cheapest parts they can find to make their GPU's? They are known as being the "cheapest" GPU maker by every definition of "cheap".

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    Anonymous , July 9, 2010 2:49 AM
    if someone was that worried about the weight of the videocard - then they could just lay their case on it's side...
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    Pinhedd , July 9, 2010 2:59 AM
    I had two watercooled GTX280s from EVA. They had about 3 pounds of copper on them EACH. The sheer weight alone was enough to warp the PCI-E slots on several motherboards before I finally braced them
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    shuffman37 , July 9, 2010 3:00 AM
    j1mb0if someone was that worried about the weight of the videocard - then they could just lay their case on it's side...

    Thats how I built my entertainment center, just have the mobo laying in the sideways position with everything setting on the top with the psu suspended above along with the HDDs.
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    Lmeow , July 9, 2010 3:28 AM
    Lol some SilverStone cases have a 90° mounting system so the graphic card's I/O plate is on the top, which means that gravity affects it a lot less... The Raven RV01 comes with a little graphic card reinforcement tool which helps hold the card in place, although personally I've never used simply because my HD 4770 is pretty light.
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    tearlach2 , July 9, 2010 3:41 AM
    I'll say it
    I thought this was an actual jack.
    I wondered how they were going to deal with all the people who would over jack and break the board at the pcie connector
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    BroHamBone , July 9, 2010 3:42 AM
    Lol, Of course they are heavy. Cases are already designed to hold cards in place. It is called screws. Make sure they are tight, and it will relieve stress from the card slot.
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    m-manla , July 9, 2010 3:46 AM
    fryeWhatever happened to technology getting faster and smaller?

    NO that is just Intel's chips lol.
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    Yagame , July 9, 2010 3:51 AM
    /agreed

    IzzyCraftthe gpu's get faster and smaller but also now getting more power hungry and hotterI'm waiting for everything to be tri slot graphics cards lol.This is also why you should always secure your graphics cards with screws.Also didn't the 8800 ultra come with like a hdd cage brace to hold it up.

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    Drag0nR1der , July 9, 2010 4:17 AM
    weird, cos' my featherweight 8800GT coupled with it's truly behemoth, all metal cooler and 92mm fan seems to have no issues with breaking the pci slot.
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    matt87_50 , July 9, 2010 4:18 AM
    I got a better idea...
    MAKE THE DAMN THINGS SMALLER AGAIN!

    remember when computers used to get smaller?

    I don't know, its just I don't really consider it technical progression if it gets bigger...

    it should be twice as good, and smaller. THATS progression!
    guess it just shows they are running out of ideas.
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