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PCI-E riser?

post #1 of 5
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looking at using a PCI-E riser for my next case mod, do these have any effect on performance?

this is the one I am looking at:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/PCI-E-Express-Extender-Flexible-Extension/dp/B008BZBFTG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_1
I would probably be looking to paint the whole lot black, can anyone see any issues with this so long as I taped up the connectors? Also how important is the blue tape, i.e. what will happen if I remove it as it looks a bit cheap and thats not the look I am going for tongue.gif

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Make sure you use a paint that won't eat through the ribbon cable or corrode the wires. The challenge may actually be finding such a paint as I can't think of one off hand. Stay away from spray paint, as the aerosols will probably do a number on the riser.

The tape is there to provide support to the solders between the cable and the PCB. If you remove the tape, there is the possibility that you'll pull up some of the solders, which you'd then have to re-solder yourself.
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how would spray paint dissolve it? surely it is just a pvc coating on the wire, and spray paints are made for use on plastic are they not?
post #4 of 5
A spray like Krylon Fusion will not harm plastics.
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That one looks like its decent quality, not like the ones that are basically free from china so I think it would work well. I've never seen plastic on a cable like that, I have used bulk ribbon cable in projects and I'm not sure what benefit that the plastic would have, but it is there for a reason. Most likely it protects the connection and is keeping the part where the ribbon cable flexes from the board safe. Manufacturers generally don't put accessory parts on a product it has a purpose, whether it is protection, shipping, code, ect.

As for painting it you can't use just regular spray-paint because it's flexible and is going to crack every time the cable changes shape, spray-paint really hates being moved like that. They spray-paint that is made for vinyl. There are also acrylic paints that are used for shoes. You really don't want paint chips and flakes falling into your gpu and cpu fans.

Here's a pretty good video on the flexible spray paint, about halfway through is when he does a squishy piece of vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-89TbFcdxs
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