Graphics processing units, commonly referred to as GPUs, started as a technology known for enhancing video game graphics. The use for GPUs has since expanded beyond video games into artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cryptocurrency due to the high processing power of modern GPUs.
Each application has combined to make GPUs highly sought after, which makes consumers uneasy about shipping the valuable but fragile pieces. Not only do you want to make sure the GPU is delivered to the right location, but you also want to know that it won’t be damaged in the process. Here’s how to safely ship graphics processing units.
5 Steps for Safely Packing a Graphics Card
- Place the GPU in an anti-static bag.
The first step in shipping a GPU is placing it in an anti-static bag. If you don’t have an anti-static bag, they can be purchased at most shipping centers, including AIM Mail Centers. Anti-static bags are essential because they are designed to prevent static electricity from damaging electronics, including GPUs.
- Find the original GPU box.
If you’ve managed to hold on to the original packaging, that is the best place to start when preparing to ship a GPU. The original box provides a compact protective covering while also adding a professional touch if you’re delivering to a buyer. If you don’t have the original packaging, visit an AIM Mail Center to make sure you’re using a box suitable for long-distance shipping.
- Find another box.
The original GPU box or a smaller purchased box will not be enough to ensure the safety of a GPU during shipping. Due to the sensitivity of GPUs, your best bet is to place the smaller box in a larger box before shipping.
- Prepare a protective bottom layer.
Before placing the smaller box into the larger box, prepare the larger box by putting a layer of foam, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or newspaper in the bottom of the box. We recommend foam if you want to be extra careful.
- Place the smaller box into the larger box.
The smaller box should easily fit into the larger box. You’ll want to allow for a little space between the two boxes for proper protection. Once the smaller box is placed in the larger box, fill in any gaps with foam, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or newspaper. This prevents the box and the GPU from shifting during shipping. Tape until satisfied.
Ship your Video Card
This method should be more than enough to keep your GPU safe during shipping. AIM Mail Centers understands the value of this technology and the care that it requires. If you’re unsure of how to properly pack and ship a GPU, or you need the shipping supplies to make it happen, find an AIM Mail Center in your area. We’ll help you find the right supplies, the most reliable carrier, and at the lowest cost to you.