Mounting your GPU vertically is a great way to show your gaming PC in its full glory. Especially if your GPU has glowing RGB lights on top of it, it really adds some aesthetics to your entire PC case. There is no performance advantage in mounting your graphics in a vertical position inside your case.
You won’t witness any spike in average frame rates, however, the only advantage you can expect is an attractive-looking build, nothing more than this.
To be honest, the bottom side is far more attractive than its top side. It is where you’ll most likely find the RGB lights, fans, and shiny labels on a GPU.
Sadly, most PC cases and motherboards are designed such that you have to install your PC facing the top side towards you, and this blocks the glorious view of a GPU.
Where there are aesthetical benefits of mounting a graphics card in a vertical position, there are some cons as well. The first thing that you can come up with is GPU sag. But this can be taken care of using special brackets that prevent GPU sag. A GPU sag occurs when a graphics card is too heavy for a bracket or PCB on which it is installed.
Another con of installing GPU vertically is that it blocks you from accessing other PCIe slots on your motherboard. Therefore, it won’t be possible for you to install ethernet, Wi-Fi, or sound card in those slots. To overcome this issue, there are PC cases that are specially designed for mounting your GPU vertically.
So How You Can Mount Your GPU Vertically
There are many ways to do this, but the most effective ones are discussed here:
You’ll find different types of PC cases in the market. However, you’ll find most cases that only mount GPU in a horizontal way. If you plan to mount a graphics card vertically on such PC cases, then you’ll need to do a lot of modification work with your PC case.
An alternative is to look for PC cases that allow GPU to be installed vertically right out of the box.
PC cases like Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB, NZXT H510I, Cooler Master Mastercase H500P Mesh, ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 natively support vertical GPU mount.
Using PCIe Riser Cable / Mounting Plate
If your PC case does not support vertical GPU mounts or you cannot afford to buy a special PC case to do that, then you can achieve that by installing a vertical mount plate or PCIe Riser cable. These are cheaper to get on online stores like Amazon or eBay.
GPU Vertical Mount Installation Process
Once you have all the necessary equipment for mounting, then it’s time to prepare for the final step, which is to install your GPU vertically inside the PC case.
- The first step in to remove your graphics card from the PCIe x16 slot on your motherboard.
- Next step is to add the vertical mount plate inside the PC case.
- Now connect the PCIe riser cable in the PCIe slot and then connect the other end to the vertical mount plate.
- Now plug your GPU in the riser cable, and you are done mounting your GPU vertically. It’s simple, isn’t it?
You can also watch the video to better understand this process.
Hi, I’m the author and founder of this blog. I have more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Throughout my journey I’ve tested and reviewed hundreds of graphics card for custom PC builds. I believe my knowledge and experience will help you choose the card that really falls to your needs and budget.