Graphics cards facing to the left

Gateway Sx2800-03 desktop
July 29, 2010 at 08:24:23
Specs: Windows 7, 2048
Do all graphics cards's fan face to the left hand side? My computer was heating up a lot because the fan of the graphics card was facing to the wall of the case and I believe it was heating up the graphics card

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July 29, 2010 at 09:06:21
All PCI, AGP, and PCI-E video cards have the components including the fan and heatsink on the RIGHT side of the card, as seen from the top of the card and the bracket end

The fan PULLS air TOWARDS the heat sink on the video card, the air exits through the heat sink. If the sides of the heatsink are not obstructed, the fan should cool fine as long as there's at least , say, 3/8" or more between the fan top and the case.

That said, some video cards have a fan that's inadequate, or it's not running at a speed by default that allows for max cooling because spinning it faster creates more noise. Sometimes you can tweak the fan's speed in the settings for the card. If not, there are lots of third party fans you can install that will cool the video chipset better than the original one.

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July 29, 2010 at 10:16:05
If you have a Gateway Sx2800-03, the problem is the small form factor design with the "upside down" motherboard. There's no room for case cooling fans & with the video card at the top of the case & the power supply at the bottom, the card is going to run hot. It's a poorly designed system & there's not much you can do about it.

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July 29, 2010 at 10:48:52
"Do all graphics cards's fan face to the left hand side?"

Sounds like a BTX card, which are quite rare now. It was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, but failed miserably.

ATX cards face to the right side.

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July 29, 2010 at 13:35:29
Would a possible solution be to take everything out and put it into a new case?

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July 29, 2010 at 21:08:28
Your cheapest and easiest solution is to custom rig up a case fan (e.g. as little as $10 or less) inside the case so that it blows on the graphics card.

"ATX cards face to the right side."

Same goes for BTX cards, as seen from the top of the card and the bracket end.

A Dell Dimension E520 with BTX form factor
Note the components are on the RIGHT side.

As jam has said, the mboard has upside down design.

Comparison microBTX vs microATX mboard

When an ATX or MATX mboard is installed, the card slots are at the bottom of a tower case - yours are at the top, whether it's a BTX form factor mboard or not.

Go here:

The form factor dimensions of the mboards are on the right.

If yours is one of the BTX sizes, if you want a larger case, you need a BTX compatible case.

"The BTX form factor motherboards are incompatible with most of the ATX form factor cases and vice-versa. Some cases such as the Cooler Master Series (Stackers) support a varying range of motherboard types such as ATX, BTX, Mini-ATX and so forth. However, all connectors are compatible, including power supplies, PCI cards, processors, RAM, hard drives, etc."


Gateway Sx2800-03 support


Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 (Intel® GMA X4500)
PCI Express® 2.0 ×16 low-profile graphics card support

Power Supply 220 watt

The original graphics card has a low-profile (shorter height) bracket.

If you get a new case, you may need a graphics card that has a regular bracket, unless you get a small form factor case.

Your present power supply is probably a smaller than standard physical size. It may not fit in the new case.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Even if it does fit, if you were to get a small form factor case, if you upgrade the graphics card, you will probably need a power supply with more capacity.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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July 29, 2010 at 23:41:42
I guess I've always (incorrectly) remembered BTX as being totally backward--even the expansion cards. Which makes absolutely no sense, since PCI/AGP/PCIe have standards that must be met. Guess I should think before I speak (or type). :P

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July 30, 2010 at 00:44:07
I found this ATX video card while searching.
I can't tell whether it's left sided or just a really poor picture, even when I click on them for a larger view.

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July 30, 2010 at 08:07:22
I dont get why they dont make graphics cards with the main GPU on the opposite side to regular. In most systems it would benefit the air flow and keep things cooler. In peformance systems with crossfire/SLI obviously it wouldnt be as desireable.

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July 30, 2010 at 09:25:02
See Response 1 -

"The fan PULLS air TOWARDS the heat sink on the video card, the air exits through the heat sink. "
The same applies to cpu fans.

When ATX mboards were first released, there were no graphics cards that had anything more than a tiny heat sink and none had fans.
They placed the components on the right side of the card as they had already been doing that with PCI cards - that was due to Intel's and the industry standards guys wishes at the time. That results in the components facing downwards when the cards are installed on an ATX or MATX etc. mboard in a tower case.
ISA cards have / had the components on the left side.

The BTX mboards have the mboard slots arranged such that the components on the right sided cards face upwards when the mboard is installed in a desktop case, but they have not been widely made available, and you can't mount them in most cases - another Intel idea that didn't make the grade.

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