GeForce RTX 4090 Has a Spirit Level to Prevent GPU Sagging

51RISC Custom GeForce RTX 4090 model
(Image credit: 51RISC on Aliexpress)

An Nvidia graphics card partner in China has created a unique selling point for a custom GeForce RTX 4090, one of the best graphics cards. 51RISC has launched a model with spirit level functionality built into the top bar. The twin green fluid-filled capsules next to the backlit GeForce RTX logo don't look so much out of place because the style is like two liquid-cooled reservoir tubes, but, of course, on closer inspection, they aren't have anything to do with liquid cooling.

Beyond the spirit level appeal, the 51RISC design is pleasing enough and mixes Harley Earl and Colonial Marines design flair. However, we could complain that a graphics card that 'cares' about being level doesn't come with any bracket or support in the box. Also, what do you do if you live in a house or room where the floor isn't level, or your desk is leaning one way or another? In that case, the spirit level bubbles being off-center may be a nagging reminder of the structural flaws of your home.

In other specs from the Aliexpress (opens in new tab) retail page, unearthed by VideoCardz (opens in new tab), you can see this is a pretty middle-of-the-road air-cooled GeForce RTX 4090, with stock GPU, memory spec, and so on. Yes, it is very long and chunky, like all RTX 4090 cards, but at least it remains within three slots of thickness - not edging 3.5 or 4 slots like some competitors.

So far, so good, and you might think that a relatively unknown brand such as 51RISC would be selling its wares at the cheaper end of the market. It isn't cheap, though, even for a GeForce RTX 4090, with its price of approx $2,830. Ouch - go and buy a discrete spirit level.

Suppose the undeniable charms of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 attract you. In that case, you are probably better off sifting through the launch roundup of various models from brands we put together in September. We covered all the big brands like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte and offerings from smaller names like Palit, PNY, and Zotac.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    So it's more expensive than the MSI Suprim liquid cooled edition...
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  • andrep74
    Never heard it referred to as a "spirit" level before.

    Also, it's confusing why there are two side-by-side in the same orientation.
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  • sizzling
    andrep74 said:
    Never heard it referred to as a "spirit" level before.

    I was taught that is what it is called :D
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  • pixelpusher220
    andrep74 said:
    Never heard it referred to as a "spirit" level before.

    Also, it's confusing why there are two side-by-side in the same orientation.

    I'm going to guess literally for the visual. 'one' can't be made much thicker and would look tiny. Two seems to fit nicely in the space.
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  • TechieTwo
    Some high end Asrock mobos offer a GPU support but it's pretty sad to think that these are necessary.
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  • Flayed
    andrep74 said:
    Never heard it referred to as a "spirit" level before.

    Also, it's confusing why there are two side-by-side in the same orientation.
    It is called that because it checks if you have had too many spirits to drive, if you can see two spirit levels call an Uber :P
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  • ezst036
    With a built in level, can it be used in kitchen remodeling projects too? /sarc
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  • Sluggotg
    I have never heard anyone refer to a "Level" as a "Spirit Level" in real life. I think I have heard that term in British shows. Is "Spirit Level" a British thing? It does look kinda fun.
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  • _dawn_chorus_
    I 'm going to assume that $2,800 price tag is a scalper/reseller price and not the intended msrp, because adding a gimmicky little level on a card has to be one of the more asinine design choices I have ever seen on a GPU and is certainly not worth a $1,200 price increase.

    Also why is there a battery symbol next to it??
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  • USAFRet
    It is/was called a spirit level, because it was filled with alcohol.

    And yes, used in the US.


    As for being useful....this presumes your desk is also level.
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