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Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout (Light TG) Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 10)

By Shannon Robb from Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:48 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal DesignModel: FD-CA-DEF-S2V-BKO-TGD

Vertical GPU Bracket Installation

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The Vertical Mounting bracket is offered separately and will allow mounting of the GPU vertically next to the tempered glass panel. This is a showcase kind of orientation offering a view of your GPU whereas otherwise if you only have a single GPU, you could be forced to look at the empty slots on your board.

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Here we have the back of the packaging where the specs and information are listed. One thing worth noting is that as of the time of writing, there are no PCIe 4.0 risers, so keep that in mind if you plan on running this riser in an X570 based motherboard with a PCIe 4.0 GPU. The signal integrity requirements for Gen 4 PCIe is quite stringent and while some risers 'may work' I would not count on it and assume that you will want to set the slot to PCIe 3.0 manually, but I cannot even guarantee that will work. If using PCIe 4.0, it's likely best to use standard GPU mounting and connectivity until a revised PCIe 4.0 supported riser is available.

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Here we have it, and while it looks simple, that is because it is. Fractal built the support for this into their PSU shroud to ensure it would take very little to get a vertical GPU up and running. The kit includes the riser, two standoffs, and two screws.

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Along with the bracket comes a user guide and a warranty pamphlet. The directions are simple enough; I didn't even need to reference them as it's as simple as:

  • Install standoffs into PSU shroud
  • Secure riser PCB to standoffs with the included screws
  • Plug riser into the motherboard
  • Plug card into the riser

I know it almost seems too easy, but Fractal made this a rather painless installation process.

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Now with that done, we have the vertical GPU installed. As you can see, the vertical GPU adds a nice aesthetic, and the best part is the other slots are still usable with this solution. This is a great solution in comparison to the vertical GPU mount we recently tested out on Phanteks P360X. The Phanteks solution replaces all of the slots for a single GPU making the rest of them useless. However, one thing Phanteks did well was GPU positioning more inboard, which ensured thermals were not impacted. We will find out shortly how the Fractal solution in the Vector RS fared.

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Here we show what we were referring to. With the vertical GPU in place, the other slots are still open to take AIC SSD's or other devices as needed as long as they do not interfere with the riser getting to the GPU.

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Here is the system fully powered with the vertical GPU, and I think the vertical aesthetic does make for a unique and fresh look for our build.

I feel like this has gone on for long enough, I think it's about due time we pull this ship into port and wrap this one up. Let's see some testing and final thoughts.

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