In my upcoming Ryzen build (which I am finishing laying out waterjet tooling for) I have need of a riser cable for the first time ever for me...I need a cable at least 350-400mm
Shielded cables of course seem to be the way to go but the only shielded cable I can find with halfway decent reviews is the 3M 8KC3-0726-0500, which is an $88 cable on DigiKey, cheapest place I found for it.
So, question is, are PCI-e cables shielded between wires or just that surface foil? Would it be possible to get one of the many unshielded cables of good build quality (for 1/8th the price) and carefully foil shield it myself to save a hefty sum? OR should I just suck it up and pay the $88 for a single 3M cable?
Edit if you are curious why such a long cable, current mock up looks like this:
The riser needs to be able to make it down to snake under the GPU and come up below it to keep the fans facing out. (Also just pretend that is a Taichi board and an RX480 lol)
I have 3 16x PCI-E riser cables of ~30cm length. 2 of which are the black Thermaltake cables intended for one of their cases. Both have proven to be unreliable when running a GPU 24/7 for mining in my setup. The 3rd which was recommended as it has a supplementary 12V at the GPU end I never got round to try. It's not pretty so it wouldn't suit your build. I switched to the more common 1X to 16X USB 3.0 riser cards off Ebay and they've been totally reliable.
So if you are going to use a cable I would seriously considering the 3M cable as it does seem to that much better quality from what I've read.
I mean, from a pure functionality perspective yes, cards are definitely a better choice, but I'd prolly just mount the card in slot before I would use a riser card aesthetically in this build. I would like to leave the motherboard exposed as much as possible.
The Thermaltake ones in particular did seem to have some very nasty reviews. I'm not opposed to gray cables because I think (I'm not sure but I think) that I could carefully use some plastidip to make them blend in a little better if I do it right.
I had to go grab one of the TT riser cables as they are essentially the same until you hold one up to the screen and notice the subtle differences such as different screen printing and a slide lock rather than the tilt lock on the EZDIY cable.
As I mention in a 24/7 situation under a constant but not necessarily high load the TT cables kept loosing the GPU until a cold boot brought it back.
@Giulianno_D It looks like he used the 3M one which I am starting to feel like I should just suck it up and save myself headaches by paying for that one lol.
I did see those EZDIY ones and one of them would be the perfect length for my build. But it's not in stock so I don't even know if it's cheaper than the 3M one since none of the sites I found it at had a price listed anymore. Sadly I can't seem to tell if they even still make the one length I would want.
@anon5205053 That's what I was kinda curious about, the 3M cable is separated and a little weird (looks very thick?) so I don't know if there's additional shielding laid out in that cable for a specific purpose, or if a careful application of RF shielding tape would net me the same benefit on a cheaper (much cheaper ~$15-20) unshielded cable with good reviews and be able to save myself 50% or more.
I do wanna get it figured out before I finalize my waterjet tooling for the stainless steel plate this is all going on lol.
I can confirm the EZDIY NEW PCI Express 16x High Speed Riser Card-25cm from amazon which is sold out works wonderfully. I have a Thermaltake Core P3 case and has never had an issue with this riser cable. If you can find one get it.