In what may be a response to a growing trend, Cooler Master has released its own GPU support, called GPU ARGB MasterAccessory (opens in new tab) support support.
With the sizes and weights of the best graphics card increasing with each generation, there is a risk of the graphics card falling inside the chassis, which can damage your motherboard’s PCI-e slot. The stand is made of two parts: a beam that is fitted to the side of the graphics card and fitted with brackets that hold the beam in place and prevent the card from falling.
The Cooler Master stand is made of tempered glass and features beautiful RGB lighting. About that, zotac (opens in new tab) has its own brand of brackets that work similarly to the Cooler Master version, although it does come with the GPU rather than requiring a separate purchase. And there are more and more manufacturers and vendors releasing support brackets including Corsair, Atlas, V1Tech and more.
Are GPU Supports Really Necessary?
Based on the number of supports released, it’s clear that manufacturers and vendors are on board with this GPU support trend. It makes sense considering this is yet another revenue stream for these companies. And even with the general reduction in spending in the tech sector, there are still plenty of buyers willing to pay for expensive fixes for minor issues.
In general, crashing isn’t the biggest threat to a GPU or a motherboard. In fact, unless your GPU is crashing in a 45 degree angle (opens in new tab), the effects are inconsequential. Aesthetically, though, this can be an issue, and if your GPU card is an important visual component of your PC build, it’s probably worth investing in a support bracket.
There are also plenty of guides that show you how to make cheap stands out of everything from Lego blocks to tying strings around your GPU to stabilize it. Perhaps, then, we have no real need for expensive stands, but when did that stop dedicated PC builders?