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Hi guys!

I was just wondering that is it possible to take the GC away from the motherboard and install it somewhere else?

I was just planning to make a new test rig and i noticed that I may have some height issues with the card standing so tall from the MB.

Can you just get a wire assembly to move the card away or is it simply impossible and stupid?
    
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Hi guys!
I was just wondering that is it possible to take the GC away from the motherboard and install it somewhere else?
I was just planning to make a new test rig and i noticed that I may have some height issues with the card standing so tall from the MB.
Can you just get a wire assembly to move the card away or is it simply impossible and stupid?

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MSI were ( are ? ) developing an external enclosure Read here, but I'm not sure what's happened to it recently. Either they have discontinued it, or are making adjustments etc. There might be another company doing something similar, but i'm not sure, sorry.
You could use these but not sure if that's what you're looking for.
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will those cables affect the performance of the system or make the data go slower than it would if fitted straight to the motherboard?

I would like to test that tho, if i manage to find nice cables
    
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will those cables affect the performance of the system or make the data go slower than it would if fitted straight to the motherboard?
I would like to test that tho, if i manage to find nice cables

they operate at no slower speed, its a direct extension cable, just like for power, there are no ill effects of using them
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It'll definitely add latency but like very small amount like1ns, but whether or not it affects performance is something you'd have to test but i dont think it will.
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Ok thanks guys!

Any idea where i could find those cables? I google'd some but I don't seem to find too many choices there. It would be great to find something that looks good too.

I'm planning a table mounted pc, meaning that the whole pc sits inside my coffee table, including the water cooling system smile.gif
    
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Any luck with your riser issue?

I'm looking at relocating the GC off the board as well but have run into a road block. I haven't found one that can handle a high end GC yet GTX690/AresII/Titan. I've contacted a US company that makes them and here's what they had to say...

"Yes, I have the PCIe x16 flex extender, straight female to male with 12” ribbon, part# ARC1-PEVX16A2-C30, been tested okay with the Gen3 GTX660, but failed with 680 GPU due to higher resistance and impedance. So far I don’t have riser solution for these high end GPUs."
http://www.ameri-rack.com/ARC1-PEVX16A2-Cx_m.html

Then another reply...
"We tested okay our new flex riser(4” ribbon) with the EVGA GTX 680. will schedule new production asap."

Unfortuneately 4" is way too short for what I want. I'm looking for more around 12"-15".

I even wrote a letter to CustonPC mag in the UK and asked them...no luck. They suggested to go with a mini-atx with a 16x slot on the bottom so I could use the short cable. Already thought of that but I'm using the Sabertooth Z77 in my design which I've already bought.

I maybe stuck changing my design and placing the card on the board. mad.gif
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