The first step to installation is to remove all of the PCIe slot covers at the rear of your case. Some cases are completely open at this point like ours, but if yours has a narrow band of metal between each slot, you’ll need to remove it. Twisting them back and forth until the pop out on each end with heavy pliers works usually, or metal shears/snips.
With everything opened up, we have room to move on.
You’ll want to install the kit first without the GPU to make sure everything clears.
Since out motherboard has its primary PCIe x16 slot in the second position, the riser plug would not clear the mounting bracket. Since our card has a 2-slot rear mounting bracket, we slot the mounting bracket out one space which gives us plenty of room.
At this point, we’ll pull the kit back out and install our GPU like you would in the case.
You can see here that there is plenty of room between the back of the card and the mounting kit. Even if you have an abnormally thick backplate, there will be no problems. You can also see that our card is nearly 3 slots thick.
This card makes the mounting kit looks small, but that angled piece going down makes it incredibly strong and more than capable of supporting this card.
Lastly, we’ll plug in the PCIe riser and then mount the kit in place.
If you’ve been wondering up to this point why we’ve been mounting the Li-Heat kit in a case that already supports vertical mounting, here is exactly why. Using the LI-heat kit here gives us almost 90mm of space between the new face of the card, and the glass window that will cover it. The factory mounting position puts this massive card so close to the glass that it can barely draw any air in to cool itself.
The top ‘slot’ of the case remains open to the point that you could use most thumbscrews to mount your card to the bracket. We wish the Li-Heat mounting kit came with a matching slot cover here though for aesthetics. We can use the cases covers, but the slotted openings just don’t look nice between the two honeycombs next to it.
It’s always hard to tell in pictures because you can’t be sure of perspective, but our card is hanging all on its own here and staying nice and level. We did have to lift the rear of the card up slightly as we tightened the screws that connect the bracket to the case, but that was due to the case itself bowing under the weight rather than the GPU mounting kit.