If there's one part of a build that's worth looking at through a windowed case, it's the graphics card. The shrouds and cooling solutions for high-end graphics cards often have gorgeous designs. Unfortunately, installing those cards typically means pointing all that artwork down at the bottom of the case, leaving the backside of the graphics card's PCB as the only part in view. Setups like the one pictured below solve that problem, but they require special cabling. Enter Thermaltake's TT Premium PCI-E 3.0 Extender.
Thermaltake claims that its PCIe riser cable is engineered to be highly durable, foldable, and flexible, while still offering high performance. The ribbonized flat cable can be folded and twisted around tight corners, and includes protectors at both ends. According to Thermaltake, the use of five individual cables in the design increases EMI shielding.
Of course, all the flexibility in the world doesn't matter if the performance isn't there. The company's benchmarks show graphics cards performing the same whether they're plugged directly into the PCIe slot or using the riser cable. Thermaltake says that these cables allow for the full 8 GT/s per lane specified by the PCIe 3.0 standard.
Thermaltake's TT Premium PCI-E 3.0 Extender is available in three lengths: one foot (or 30 cm), two feet (or 60 cm), and three feet and three inches (1 m). All three are currently available on Newegg. The one-foot extender sells for $70, the two-foot cable goes for $85, and the three-foot extender sells for $110.
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