Why are video cards oriented with the fan, name, model, and pictures, ect facing down when installed in a case? I realize this again when taking apart my PC to clean out all the dust and noticed that even the new cards are this way. With all the windows and lights in Cases, why not put the fan on top along with the picture and model name and maker? Now all you get to look at is the back of the video cards board it’s built on.
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This is a throwback to old motherboard design. ISA bus cards (prior to PCI) had their components mounted in an opposite fashion. When PCI first came out, many motherboard manufacturers wanted to play it safe in case PCI proved to be flawed and therefore kept the ability to run PCI & ISA cards... however, you couldn't run both in adjacent slots. To make that physically impossible, expansion card makers oriented the components opposite. Why it is still this way, and why this didn't occur when PCI-E came out is anyone's guess. BTX was supposed to "fix" this for purposes of best airflow, but never gained traction.
it would take all motherboard manufactures, gpu manufactures, and case manufactures working together to get it to happen. Thats why BTX failed even though it was a good idea. I agree that its a change that should happen, but I'm not sure how they would be able to make it happen