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Quality PCI-E Riser That Won't Short My MoBo

Hello Tom's Hardware,
So let me catch you up to speed. A long time ago I made the mistake of buying a prebuilt gaming PC, which in all honesty has been good. I bought a Kinect 2 for Windows for it back when I first got it, and they worked well together. I could use the Kinect as a mocap device and HD webcam. I realized on day that the BIOS on the MoBo was locked down and I couldn't get into the boot menu or settings if I wanted to. I then ordered an RMA, they replaced my whole PC, and I got a new MoBo that works great. The problem is, I didn't know what the Kinect 2 was particular about what chipset the USB 3.0 uses. So needless to say my old (MSI?) MoBo worked great, and my new Gigabyte MoBo does not. After months of research I finally have a PCI-E Usb 3.0 adapter that works. The problem is, my graphics card's cooler is taking up the slot for it. So I am wondering two questions.

One: Should I buy a riser cable for my GPU, or USB Card, or does someone have a better solution?

Two: Does anyone know where I could get a good quality riser cable or adapter that WON'T short my MoBo or anything connected. I have read horror stories on every cable I've seen about poor solder catching the cable on fire, or the whole unit shorting. I also would prefer a cable with Amazon prime shipping.

Surely there is a quality fix to this (common?) problem?

Please help me resolve this after so many months,
-Tom

I don't know my new Mobo model off hand, nor the USB card, but I can always post them if needed. The main thing about Kinect 2 compatibility is that you have an Intel or Renesas chipset.
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  1. dont use if for the gpu it will not work the best. and honestly i have used MANY risers from china with 0 issue
  2. I guess I have nothing to lose. I might as well play the gamble. If I fry my $600 PC. I can finally make it how I want it. Did you pick a random cable, or do you know the specific one you used?
  3. What Mobo model do you have specifically?
    Do you have any other open PCIE lanes?
    What's the PCIE requirement for the USB card?

    Reason I ask is because a PCIE 1x can work in any larger PCIE lane.
    There are plenty of good PCIE risers out there, and if you're only using it for a USB card, it's not a concern.
    Also, Risers will make it so your USB won't fit in a standard case anymore, they're for "flat" computer cases or caseless systems. Unless your case extends beyond where your motherboard ends.
  4. BlueMustache said:
    I guess I have nothing to lose. I might as well play the gamble. If I fry my $600 PC. I can finally make it how I want it. Did you pick a random cable, or do you know the specific one you used?


    i have used everything from x1 to x16 over a usb cable to a x16 to x16 cable. what is the usb cards connection and what slot do you have open on the mobo.
  5. I have a Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 with only the PCI-e 16x slot being occupied by the graphics card.
  6. BlueMustache said:
    I have a Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 with only the PCI-e 16x slot being occupied by the graphics card.


    Yeah, a 1x to 1x extender cable shouldn't be a big deal, the power draw wouldn't be enough to hurt anything. But it won't fit in your case unless you have free "rear case slots" to hook it up to.
  7. Explain. I have a bunch of slots in the back of my case, if that's what you mean.

    Will this one work?

    https://www.amazon.com/Sourcingmap-PCI-E-xpress-Extender-Extension/dp/B00MCLY0EW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466613025&sr=8-1&keywords=pci-e+1x+cable
  8. Best answer
    BlueMustache said:
    Explain. I have a bunch of slots in the back of my case, if that's what you mean.

    Will this one work?

    https://www.amazon.com/Sourcingmap-PCI-E-xpress-Extender-Extension/dp/B00MCLY0EW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466613025&sr=8-1&keywords=pci-e+1x+cable


    yes.
  9. I ordered it.
  10. BlueMustache said:
    I ordered it.


    enjoy
  11. BlueMustache said:
    Explain. I have a bunch of slots in the back of my case, if that's what you mean.

    Will this one work?

    https://www.amazon.com/Sourcingmap-PCI-E-xpress-Extender-Extension/dp/B00MCLY0EW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466613025&sr=8-1&keywords=pci-e+1x+cable


    Open your case, where your motherboard ends, are there still slots extending beyond that?
    Because you're going to have a problem of you won't be able to secure the USB adapter to anything and it will be hanging loose if you don't, this might not be a concern if your computer isn't going to move, and you aren't going to plug and unplug things into the USB card you're adding often.
  12. After 8 hours of work, the riser didn't blow up, my card was secured. The moment of truth happened and.... Nothing. The new USB 3.0 card I added worked no better than the USB 3.0 ports I already had. Basically my mobo is the bottleneck. Oh well. Thanks anyways guys!
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