Here’s a novel idea for the RTX 4090 if you’re worried about the beefy graphics card sagging your PC case: a built-in spirit level.
Yes, you read that right: a European graphics card manufacturer called Manli came up with the idea of integrating a bubble level (actually a pair of them) into the side of the board itself.
The phenomenon of sag is when the graphics card is so large and heavy that it pulls down the PCIe slot and the motherboard it is connected to, which over time has the potential to damage these components (or the card itself) to damage.
The Manli Gallardo RTX 4090 comes with these two bubble levels so you can see if the board is sitting straight in its slot or hanging down at all, and as a VideoCardz (opens in new tab)who spotted this points out that it also comes with a support bracket to keep the card from sagging.
Note that there is a Chinese graphics card manufacturer, whose name we will not name, that allegedly stole the design from Manli and instead photoshopped its own logo in what looks like a nefarious grab for publicity (hence without naming the brand) . Boo, hiss, etc….
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Alongside that support bracket, Manli makes it clear that the Gallardo RTX 4090 has a reinforced metal (aluminum) backplate for further “structural rigidity” and is quite a snazzy looking card. However, we’re not at all sure about the partial covering of one of the three fans with the partially overlying metal cover. (That just can’t be a good idea in terms of airflow, right?)
VideoCardz states that this is a 3 slot card, but Manli’s press release and specs clearly state that this is a 3.5 slot board, so about the expected size (and quite powerful). But hopefully the features above will help as they are designed that way and the bubble level system will let you know of any sag.
In theory, anyway, but what if your PC isn’t level – or rather, the desk it’s sitting on, or the floor of the room isn’t level? You could of course get a real spirit level to check these things first. Likewise, it could be argued that you could tape a bubble level to each board to check it (with the PC off and the usual precautions, of course), but the point of this built-in effort is to let it know all the time if there’s any development issue are.
That said, it still feels pretty gimmicky – and there really shouldn’t be any problems with a support bracket – maybe that’s why Manli doesn’t even mention the built-in bubble level system on his website for the Gallardo RTX 4090. Or anywhere in the specs or press release for those Matter.
Having said that, we don’t mind trying new ideas and it doesn’t hurt to have the system with us, although we’re really not sure of the added value here.
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