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Pleasant Hill, MO

My gpu is sagging, should I prop it up?

Got a new gpu last monday( this one »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14125414 ). Anyway I looked inside my case when I was pluggin in my second monitor about 5 minutes ago and the gpu appears to be sagging, by = 1cm, not really surprised since it has a 2lb heatsink+fan. Should I prop it up, if so with what, or should I leave it, and what would happen if I leave it be?

Caveat Emptor
Earth Orbit

Where is it sagging? Did you properly screw the backplates onto the case? Is the PCIe slot coming loose?


Pleasant Hill, MO

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It looks to be sagging a tiny bit right near the end of the card. Not much but still I want to make sure. I'm not sure if the pcie slot is loose, but I've only been using that slot since mid march with my old 460ftw.

EDIT: Yes I have the screws properly tightened.

Mountain View, CA

There's not much you can do about this problem, aside from complain to the manufacturer of your video card that their heat sinks weigh too much + position of their PCIe power connectors combined with cable tension/weight/gravity causes you great concern. Generally speaking, most dual-backplane cards these days (which is most video cards) have this problem to some degree.

If your PCIe x16 slot has a "locking" mechanism of sorts, then you don't need to worry about it -- the card won't come loose over time. Examples of what I'm referring to:

»www.pcstats.com/articleimages/20···pcie.jpg (see white knobs on bottom of PCIe slots)
»www.motherboards.org/images/revi···p3_8.jpg (see blue tab on blue slot, white switch on orange slot)

Now you understand what that little L-shaped "tab" thing is for off to the right of the PCIe connector on cards.
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New York, NY
reply to me1212

It could be your mainboard one side is higher than the other side. I think your left side of the main board is fine. But your right side is high.

You might want to check the top and the bottom of your main board to see is it level.


Pleasant Hill, MO

I'll make sure to do that tomorrow, not enough light to do it tonight.

But if the right side is high why would the right side of my card be sagging down?


Stanwood, MI
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reply to me1212

You COULD measure the current distance, cut a dowel to size and then add two thin rubber pads to ether end to prop it up and hold it steady.

However, as previously mentioned, it is more then likely FINE, 100% fine. The pcb's do have some flexibility and that looks completely inside design tolerances. I was expecting a flex of over an inch that is barely a 1/4".

I have seen massive scsi raid cards (4 channel plus cache ram) flex 3/4" and still work fine for years. One co I worked for even complained to HP on one server because we thought the rear card slot bracket was missing and the raid card was flexing a lot more than common sense said was a good idea. HP actually replied back to say they never included the bracket on that model and that that much flex was perfectly normal!
So we did exactly as I mentioned above we just lifted the card first so it was mostly straight before measuring the dowel. This became a standard practice for the co I was working for at the time. A coworker actually noticed this issue because he was putting more ram in a 3 year old server so we went back and checked all of them and all of the ones of this model and one or two others all had the same issue. (These were pentium pro, pentium 2, servers so it was a really long time ago. I'm not even sure if they were running novell or nt 4 server since I was just a hardware tech.)


Pleasant Hill, MO

Thats a really good idea, and I probably will be doing that in 2&1/2 weeks when my college lets out for Christmas.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your story. Makes me feel a looot better about my gpu now. Honestly so long as its not effecting my performance(which when I think I about it im sure a company like gigabyte wouldn't just release a whole bunch of cards/coolers like this for both amd and nvid, and then just let them sag to death. I'm thinking that may be what the aluminium brace on the side is for) I don't care much, but my mild ocd is getting to me about this.

Also very interesting tale, I love hearing about tech stories from years long since past.

Ukiah, CA
reply to me1212

As long as you're gentle with the card when doing anything in the case, it should be fine. My Radeon HD 4870 sagged quite a bit and worked fine the whole time I used it (nearly 2.5 years).

Nampa, ID
reply to me1212

hell, if you are truly worried about it, try moving the two PCI plugs so they are feeding to the card from the top... almost helping suspend the card. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.