Wraith Ripper PCIe Issue - GPU case mod - fix

Finished system pics, the video and final thoughts

Wraith Ripper PCIe Issue - GPU case mod/fix

Finished System Pictures and Final Thoughts  

OC3D has always been about the enthusiast PC community, which makes PC modding a huge interest for us. Long-time OC3D fans will remember the name "Time To Live Customs" and know full well how much OC3D's staff enjoy the pleasures of modding, which is why we decided to show you guys our simple vertical GPU project. 

This article is designed to spread some information regarding the Wraith Ripper's compatibility issues with select X399 motherboards, but also to get our readers thinking about how they can customise their systems. We believe that making a PC unique is a critical aspect of computer building experience, just as much as the overclocking, benchmarking, or gaming.  

Below you can see what we were able to achieve with just a few hours of work, without the need for a Dremel or other specialised tools. Anyone can customise a PC, whether it be the addition of a custom decal or sticker to your case, fitting an extra acrylic or glass window or perhaps something even more complicated. 

Wraith Ripper PCIe Issue - GPU case mod/fix

The simple mod in this article need not only apply to systems that use Cooler Master's Wraith Ripper Cooler, or any air-cooled systems. The sky is the limit when it comes to modding and technological innovations like 3D Printing have opened up a new world of possibilities to explore. 

On the topic of Cooler Master's Wraith Ripper cooler, you should know that its top PCIe compatibility issue can be avoided with smart motherboard selection. For instance, we know that ASUS' Strix X399-E and Prime X399-A both support the Wraith Ripper without any problems, as both boards have their first PCIe slot lower than what we see on the X399 Zenith. This gap prevents the overhang issue that is present on the Zenith, allowing X399 Strix or Prime users to use the Wraith Ripper without any problems.  

The Wraith Ripper is a solid cooler for X399 users, supporting both the Threadripper 2950X and 2990X at stock with no issues. It can even handle moderate overclock on both chips, with high-end overclocks being relegated to the realms of custom water or AIO liquid cooling. 

Wraith Ripper PCIe Issue - GPU case mod/fix

Those who are interested in a little more detail about TTL's tool-free vertical GPU mod can have a look at his video below. If this has sparked your interest in PC modding, you can have a look at the Project Logs & Gallery section of the OC3D Forums, where there is no shortage of masterfully built systems on display. Feel free to post any of your PC projects on the forum, as even the simplest mods deserve their time in the spotlight. 

You can join the discussion on the Wraith Ripper's PCIe issue GPU case mod/fix on the OC3D Forums


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Most Recent Comments

21-08-2018, 18:20:36

Would your solutuon work for dual gpu'sQuote

22-08-2018, 03:15:40

Whats the performance hit when using that pci-e riser ?

I have around 5-10% hit using my Thermaltake premium riser 200mm...Quote

22-08-2018, 11:49:43

Originally Posted by FTLN View Post
Whats the performance hit when using that pci-e riser ?

I have around 5-10% hit using my Thermaltake premium riser 200mm...
I didn't realise there was a performance loss when using riser.Quote

22-08-2018, 12:02:04

Originally Posted by trawetSluaP View Post
I didn't realise there was a performance loss when using riser.
If there is I'm not seeing it, I'm using the Coolermaster Vertical GPU Kit. Quote

22-08-2018, 12:06:14

The performance loss comes from the card being too close to the side panel and therefore heat gets trapped and therefore lowers clocks.

If you get it further away from the side panel it'll be fineQuote

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