As top-end graphics cards increasingly start to resemble space age breezeblocks, it's becoming clear that a couple of backplate screws and a shallow motherboard slot aren't enough to stop the PCB bending. However, PowerColor has a potential solution to the bowing graphics card with its Power Jack.
Made from plastic and rubber, the Power Jack comes in two parts; a support base and an extension cap. The latter features an adjusting nut and an extension rod, which can extend the Power Jack anywhere from 61.25mm high to 150mm high.
This level of variability, says PowerColor, enables the jack to be fitted in pretty much any case configuration, from full tower to mini tower chassis, and accommodating E-ATX, ATX and Micro ATX motherboards.
Ted Chen, CEO of TUL Corporation (of which PowerColor is a subsidiary) explained the need for the jack, saying "High performance cards are not going to get any smaller, so we saw a need to bring this to market." According to Chen, PowerColor "is full of gamers and modders, so it's no surprise that we discovered a need for a product like the Power Jack."
PowerColor is an AMD board partner, and its current line-up includes the LCS HD5970 2GB GDDD5; a dual-GPU graphics card that measures 305 x 133 x 38mm and has a hefty waterblock attached to it. As the company points out in its demonstration video, graphics cards are "getting physically bigger and heavier. A couple of screws and the motherboard are no longer enough to hold the sheer weight of the card sometimes."
It's a good idea in theory, although the Power Jack is going to need something to securely attach the jack to the base of the case, and it's also not going to be a lot of good in multi graphics card setups.
There's no word on pricing yet, but PowerColor says the Power Jack will be available on 15 July.