Both AMD and NVIDIA have new graphics cards out now. And while the former’s Radeon RX 6000 series and the latter’s GeForce RTX 30 family are like gold dust at the moment, if you aim for one to sit proudly in your PC at some point, you might need to make a bit of space in your rig.
Both GPUs are designed to give your gaming rig a shot in the arm, with substantial improvements over the previous generation of already powerful cards. AMD’s CES event showcased the new RDNA architecture offering between 1.8x and 2.2x the frame rate in 4K games against its previous generation 5700XT cards, while even the $400 NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti comfortably beats the (previous) heavyweight RTX 2080 Ti in performance tests (launch price: $699). This kind of power opens the door for stunning ray tracing effects, where each beam of light is individually mapped for realistic light, shadow, and reflections.
Now, how does that all tie back to your PC case?
What to look for in a PC case
The first thing to consider is the size of the case you’re looking for. Theoretically, most people would agree that a smaller footprint would be better, which means your new case will take up less space and be easier to move around.
In reality, there are more factors at play, though: the smaller the case, the less room you have for chunky graphics cards. And even if you did somehow manage to squeeze the RTX 3090 into a tiny case, the lack of airflow would, at best, make it extremely noisy. At worst, you could be looking at serious overheating problems that could damage your expensive components.
Fortunately, you’ll find cases tend to come in four sizes. In descending order, these are: Full Tower, Mid Tower (or ATX), Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. This corresponds to the size of the motherboard that will fit: Extended ATX, Standard ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX.
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