Packaging & A Closer Look
Li-Heat’s vertical mounting kit comes in a rather small cardboard box with a picture of the unit inside.
The first thing you are greeted with when opening the box is the PCIe riser in an ESD safe bag.
The bracket pieces are disassembled and cradled in cardboard in the bottom of the box.
The kit consists of two brackets plus the riser.
The first piece is what attaches to your case. The ‘fingers’ on the right support it from the motherboard tray side. It offers four normal ‘slots’ to mount everything vertically.
The second piece takes up one of those slots and holds the PCIe riser as well as most of the weight of the card.
When joined together, you have up to three slots available for your GPU.
If you have a smaller card or just want to bring it a little closer to the window in your case, you can slide the support bracket forward a few slots.
The PCIe riser itself is very nice. The flexible cable is very narrow and very thin, but robust and well shielded. The connections to the PCB components on each side are shrouded in a plastic cover.
The backside looks very similar with the exception of the through-hole solder connection of the female PCIe x16 socket.
The entire riser measures a little bit under 200mm long with the flexible cable itself being around 150mm in length.
The riser just pokes through the mounting bracket from the bottom.
Two included thumbscrews hold the PCIe riser in place.
If you have a compact case, you may need to abandon the thumbscrews for space reasons and use a few spare M3 SSD screws instead.