GPU manufacturer 51RISC joins the fight against GPU sag in a weird, weird way

WTF?! There is a sensitive subject that many do not want to talk about. It’s embarrassing, some people are ashamed of their equipment and it’s hard to find a clear answer as to why it happens. It affects a high percentage of PC owners, many of whom suffer quietly for fear of being shamed. That’s right, we’re talking GPU sag.

It’s no secret that you can find almost anything on AliExpress. So if you’re looking for the latest graphics hardware, especially one that offers an integrated solution to combat GPU sagging, you’re in luck.

Many of today’s graphics cards come with brackets, reinforcements, and even straps to make sure they don’t tear themselves free from their PCIe slots. Not to be outdone, GPU manufacturer 51RISC has released its own take on Nvidia’s flagship RTX 4090. But this one doesn’t come with gimmicks like RGB brackets or cable ties; it comes with an integrated spirit level.

But what if the GPU isn’t the problem?

The overall design of the card isn’t too far off from other RTX 4090 offerings and is even more appealing in some ways. The card itself is a 3-slot unit, which is slightly smaller than some of the 3.5 and 4-slot solutions from Nvidia and their add-in board (AIB) partners. The shroud and back plate have a futuristic-looking olive green design that goes well with the black fans and other accents. In terms of performance, the card uses the same PCB configuration as many other RTX 4090s, is powered by a 12-pin + 4-pin connector, and has a 450W thermal design power (TDP) limit.

The real draw can be found on the open side of the map, with not one but two spirit levels to ensure the map is level. These proven levels, seen in workshops and construction sites around the world, will ensure you know if your map is level. They will not help to correct it; they just let you know.

If you notice that the card is sagging or warped after installation, that only raises more questions. Is it the map, desk, floor or building that is not level? Those who aren’t sure can probably just get the map out of their system again and use the level to check those things as well.

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