Cooler Master’s working on an “Ultra-Flexible” PCIe 4.0 riser cable

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Cooler Master’s working on an “Ultra-Flexible” PCIe 4.0 riser cable

If you are a fan of small form factor PCs and non-traditional GPU mounting solutions, you will know what we mean when we say that there is little competition within the custom PC market when it comes to PCIe 4.0 compatible PCIe riser cables. 

For the uninitiated, PCIe Riser Cables allow PC builders to offset your PCIe connector away from your motherboard and to a different location. This allows many PC cases to place GPU mounts on non-traditional locations, enabling the creation of many innovative case designs, be it from custom fabricators or traditional case builders.

Today, most mainstream PCIe Riser cables support PCIe 3.0 speeds, which is a problem because all current-generation graphics cards support PCIe 4.0 transfer speeds. Thankfully, Cooler Master has revealed their plan to create PCIe 4.0 compatible riser cables under their MasterAccessories brand, bringing some much-needed competition to the PCI Riser cable market. 

Sadly, the pricing and availability of these PCIe 4.0 compatible riser cables remain unknown. However, we do know that Cooler Master plans to offer these cables with 300mm and 200mm cable lengths. 

With PCIe 4.0 compatible motherboards lacking per PCIe slot transfer speed options, users of older PCIe 3.0 riser cables are typically forced to limit their entire PC to PCIe 3.0 speeds to utilise PCIe 4.0 graphics cards with their riser cables. This is bad news for users of fast PCIe 4.0 storage solutions, though the addition of PCIe 4.0 compatible riser cables should eliminate this problem. 

    The Cooler Master Riser Cable PCIe 4.0 x16 – is designed for greater data transmission efficiency, maximum flexibility and durability. High quality plastics grant increased cable flexibility and strength for the tightest PCI card installations, while the heavy-duty shielding prevents electromagnetic interference from degrading signal quality. The multi-layer coated PCB provides the best-in-class cable flex, moisture resistance and performance under high thermal loads.

There are few PCIe 4.0 compatible riser cables on the market

Right now, we know of only one company that creates PCIe 4.0 Riser Cables that actually work. That company is LINKUP. For those that need PCIe 4.0 compatible Riser Cables today, we have included an Amazon link below, though we will note that these cables are not cheap. This is why we need more competition within this area of the custom PC market. 

– 200mm LINKUP PCIe 4.0 x16 Riser Cable – White – £75.96

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Cooler Master Riser Cable (PCIe 4.0 x16) Product Features

PCI 4.0 Compatible – Providing twice the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, the Gen 4.0 riser cable remains backwards compatible with a maximum transfer rate of over 64Gb/s (bi-directional) and fully supports the 16GT/s bit rate of PCIe 4.0 devices.

Ultra Durable PCB – The multi-layer coated PCB provides best-in-class cable flex, moisture resistance, and performance under high thermal loads.

Heavy Duty Shielding – EMI shielded 30 AWG tinned copper wires ensure minimal signal delay and electromagnetic interference-free operation.

Gold-Plated Pin Connections – Gold-plated PCI pin are rated 400g of retention force per contact pairs, ensuring maximum product lifespan and durability.

Protective ABS Casing – UV resistant ABS casing protects cable connection points from rough handling.

Ultra-Flexible Cable Sleeves – TPE cable sleeves allow for maximum flexibility and durability for the tightest cable routing jobs.

You can join the discussion on Cooler Master’s “Ultra-Flexible” PCIe 4.0 Riser Cable on the OC3D Forums. 

Below are the full specifications of Cooler Master’s MasterAccessories PCIe 4.0 Riser Cables.

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