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PowerColor Power Jack

Posted August 29, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards







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Closer Look and Installation

The PowerColor Power Jack comes is a small, lightweight box that has a graphic on the front of a robotic version of the product hoisting what looks to be an ATI Radeon 5970 card. It’s a stylish little visual of what the Power Jack essentially does.

The rear of the box has an image of the jack and some basic specifications. As you can see, the Power Jack weights only 30g, is made of plastic, and is extensible in length from 61.25mm (2.5″) to 150mm (6″).

Though the box is very small to begin with, it actually dwarfs the size of the Power Jack itself; there’s a huge amount of empty box inside. The box is likely that size so there’s enough space on the outside to fit the images and information, and a tiny box about 3" long probably wouldn’t suffice.

In any event, with the Power Jack out of the box, it looks somewhat similar to a miniature version of a car jack. It’s entirely black, and fabricated of plastic except for the two small black screws, one on each side. and a soft cushion on top to avoid scratching your graphics card. The Power Jack is comprised of two separate pieces: the outer housing (which doubles as an entension base) and the inner support mechanism that is adjustible. With the support mechanism sitting inside the outer housing, the Power Jack stands only 2.5" tall. However, when the housing is removing and placed under the support which can then be fully extended, the Power Jack is 6" high. So you can achieve just about any required height for support between these distances.

Below we see the Power Jack at its shortest height:

Below is an image of the two different extension possibilities: the first is the shorter one, with the support inside the outer housing. The second view is fully extended, with the outer housing acting as a taller base for the support in order to achieve maximum height.

The whole design is very simple and straightforward; it’s just a matter of figuring out what height you need to support your graphics card.

Since the Power Jack is designed to support up to 1.5kg (3.3lbs), we installed a Radeon 5970, the longest and probably heaviest gaming graphics card graphics card on the market, a likely candidate for using the Power Jack.

Installation took about 60 seconds, but we ran into one interesting situation: our Cooler Master Storm Sniper case has a bottom-mounted power supply with an adjacent intake fan. The distance from the floor of the case to the Radeon 5970 is greater than 6" so the Power Jack wouldn’t reach. So we had to settle for installing it on top of the power supply. On one hand, this isn’t quite as sturdy as installing it near the end of the graphics card, but on the other hand this also shows how versatile the Power Jack is, able to fit just about anywhere that it can successfully reach the graphics card.

So for those of you with a top-mounted power supply, you can use the Power Jack in its optimal position under the end of the graphics card, but if you have a bottom-mounted PSU then you should still be fine as well. It’s not 100% ideal, but definitely can still do the job quite well.

While the Power Jack can be used in systems with multiple graphics cards, of course it will only be handy for the bottom card in SLI or CrossFire. I’m sure a second one could be modded to work but that would defeat the whole purpose of having a simple and clean support solution.

For additional information on the Power Jack, below is a short video about the Power Jack. Keep in mind it is produced by PowerColor so it’s a bit marketing hype, but it does contain some very useful information.

Let’s wrap things up.

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