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Modding the NVLink Bridge

I decided to go ahead and paint the NVLink bridge the same red as the fan blades. I figured the worst case scenario if I really didn’t like how it looks, I could always buy another bridge.




Here’s a look at the back side, there’s five screws holding it together.




Since this is a reverse ATX build the little “EVGA” logo in the center would be upside down, so I’ll be taking care of that as well.




Take the five screws out to remove the back cover.




The circuit board assembly lifts right out. I considered cutting the little plastic rivet head looking things off to remove the lighting panels and then gluing it back together, but decided against that.




Here’s the back side of the circuit board. You can see the three little LEDs that illuminate the “EVGA” logo.




I decided to just mask off the little lighting panels.




I scuffed the smooth areas on the corners of the bridge, the little insets above and below the logo, as well as the “EVGA” logo itself. I’m going to paint right over that logo!




On the back side I put the center screw in so I had something to hang the bridge from, and then masked off the back just to keep the over spray off.




It was raining here for almost a week, but I got lucky with a beautiful clear, calm day with the temperatures in the low 60s F. I used the same spray paint I used on the fan blades Rust-Oleum Gloss Apple Red. I painted this in my back yard with three light coats, and then hung it in my work shop to dry.




I let it dry for a week before touching it! I’ve used this spray paint several times before and I have found that even after three days it still feels soft, and can leave finger prints in the paint!

The can states 7 days for full cure on plastic. Must be patient




The inside center has a plastic window to illuminate the “EVGA” logo.




With the Precision X1 software you are supposed to be able to turn the lighting off for the “EVGA” logo. Since I have not used that software yet, I’m not sure how much control over the lighting of the bridge I will actually have.

To keep any light bleed from the other LEDs from reaching this middle window, I simply cover it with two pieces of electrical tape.




Masking tape removed and the NVLink bridge all put back together now.




Of course we have to see how it looks installed.








I think it looks pretty good. It will look different once the waterblocks are installed on the video cards, and there is coolant in the system. It is certainly not something you will see very often in other builds, and like I said I can always revert back to a stock one easily if I ever decide too.

Up next is making the video card power cables.

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Devastator
(14 items)
Secondary Rig
(13 items)
CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Monitor
Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
Mouse
Logitech G502
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