Here’s a new idea for the RTX 4090 if you’re worried that the heavy graphics card might cause your PC’s case to drop: a built-in spirit level.
Yes, you read that right: a European graphics card maker called Manli came up with the idea of integrating a spirit level (actually a couple of them) into the card itself, on the side.
The drop phenomenon is where the graphics card is so big and heavy that it pulls down on the PCIe slot and the motherboard it is connected to, which over time has the potential to damage these components (or the card itself).
O Manli Gallardo RTX 4090 is equipped with these two bubble levels so you can see if the board is sitting straight in its slot, or leaning down, and how VideoCardz (opens in new tab)who noticed this, also comes with a stand to help defend against card drop.
Note that there is a Chinese graphics card manufacturer, whose name we won’t mention, that allegedly stole Manli’s design and put its own Photoshopped logo on top, in what appears to be a shameful attempt at publicity (hence no mention of the brand). Boo, whistle, etc….
Analysis: Spirit Levels in the GPU Material World
In addition to this support, Manli makes it clear that the Gallardo RTX 4090 has a reinforced metal (aluminium) backplate for greater “structural rigidity”, and it’s a pretty smart card. Although we are not sure about partial coverage of one of the three fans with the metal cover partially covering it. (That can’t be a good idea in terms of airflow, right?)
VideoCardz notes that this is a 3-slot card, but in Manli’s press release and specs it clearly states that it’s a 3.5-slot card, so around the expected size (and quite hefty). But we hope these mentioned features help as they were designed, and the bubble level system will let you know of any dips.
In theory anyway, but what if your PC isn’t really level – or rather, the table he’s sitting on isn’t level, or even the floor in the room isn’t level? You can get a real bubble level to check these things out first, of course. Likewise, it could be argued that you can put a bubble level on any board to check it (with the PC off, naturally, and the usual precautions taken), but the point of this built-in effort is that it will show up constantly, over time if there is any development problem.
That said, it still looks pretty gimmicky – and with a support bracket in place, there really shouldn’t be any issues – so maybe that’s why Manli doesn’t even mention the built-in bubble level system on his webpage for the Gallardo RTX 4090. .or anywhere in the specs, or press release for that matter.
Still, we have nothing against trying new ideas, and it doesn’t hurt to have the system in place, even if we’re not sure of the added value here.