You finally got your hands on an RTX 3080 which is indisputably one of the best GPUs on the market right now. It’s powerful and efficient all while running pretty cool.
However, once you finally pull this graphics card out of the box, you then finally realize how large and heavy it is compared to some mid-end or low-end GPUs. That is often a good sign because heavy usually means higher quality materials, right?
Yes, but additional weight could also be the cause of GPU sag. GPU sagging is a popular term amongst PC gamers and enthusiasts.
If you aren’t familiar with this problem, let’s have a look at what it means, whether it is really a problem and how you can fix it.
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What Is GPU Sag?
Before we can start talking about how this problem can be resolved, let us first explain what it is exactly.
GPU sag is a term used by a lot of enthusiasts referring to the sag caused by the card’s own weight. This happens mostly because graphics cards are held at only two points inside of the PC case. One point is the PCIe lane and the other point is at the back of the case holding the card with one or two screws.
These two points are more than enough to hold the weight of a mid-end GPU. However, add a high-end card that weighs over 1500g and that’s when you will notice a sag.
Is GPU Sag Bad?
So, now you know exactly what a GPU sag is, but is it a problem that needs to be solved? Is it really that bad?
The quick and simple answer to this question is ‘no’. It isn’t inherently a bad thing since both GPUs and the PCIe lanes on motherboards are made to be pretty durable. Graphics card PCBs are especially flexible, making it almost impossible for them to break.
However, in some extreme cases (pun intended), the sag could be the cause of damage.
How To Fix GPU Sag
There are multiple solutions for getting rid of GPU sag entirely. Which one you should pick should depend entirely on what you have on hand and cosmetics.
Using The PCIe Cables To Hold The Card
One common solution to deal with this issue is to use the resources you already have. Specifically, the power cables coming from the PSU and into the GPU.
We know that most people route these cables from the bottom for a cleaner PC look, but if you are worried about the sag, we recommend routing the cables from above the card. This can potentially remove some weight off the card, but it is not going to be a permanent solution.
The tension of the cables will slowly start to give, putting the GPU back in its original saggy state. Also, it probably won’t look as good visually.
So, if you can, try to use some of the other solutions below.
Use Any Item To Prop It Up
This might be one of the most popular solutions for GPU sags. It is a permanent, easy, and quick fix that won’t cost you even a dollar.
The solution is to find any item you have at home and use it to prop up your GPU. Basically, you can use anything you want as long as it is tall enough to hold the GPU straight.
Most people prefer using toys/figures of popular characters. So, it’s not only a solution, but it also adds a bit of charm to your setup.
GPU Support Bracket
For those looking for a more “professional” solution to this problem, we recommend getting yourself a GPU support bracket.
A support bracket is a long piece of metal, plastic, or any other material that is installed right below the GPU to provide support and prevent sag.
Some cards come with a support bracket in the box, so make sure you check that before you go shopping for one. Usually, EVGA and MSI are the brands that include a support bracket.
If you don’t have one, you could probably find one on Amazon for about $20 or $30.
Some brands will allow you to fully customize the bracket. Or even add RGB lighting to it.
Mount The GPU Vertically
By now, you should have picked one of these solutions that we mentioned above.
However, if for some reason you don’t find any of these ideas particularly attractive or if you don’t feel like wasting money on a support bracket or toys, the ultimate solution could be to mount your GPU vertically.
Keep in mind, this can be done only if your case allows it. To find out whether a vertical mount is possible in your case, we recommend checking out the official manufacturer’s website. They probably have information regarding this topic.
A vertical mount will require a PCIe riser, but you can find those for less than $15.
It’s obvious that a lot of users are worried about GPU sag which is probably why there are so many fixes available. There are a few other DIY methods we didn’t mention such as tying a wire on the top of your case to hold the graphics card upright.
But, the question remains: Is GPU sag bad enough to incite any kind of intervention? Do you have to run out right now to the closest PC store to get a support bracket? No. You don’t have to do that now or ever.