Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Li-Heat provides a robust and easily adjustable solution for mounting the crown jewel of your gaming rig in a way that will make you the envy of all your digital enemies. Even if you have a computer case that natively supports vertical mounting of a GPU, Li-Heat can still offer several benefits for a very modest price. Having tried several of the most popular solutions on the market, we can confidently say this model leaves most of them in the dust. The flexibility and support for even the largest cards on the market lead the way offer enough of an advantage on their own. The ability to hold the largest and heaviest cards with no sagging or flexing protects what is likely the most expensive part of your build from strain and damage and is really what seals the deal for us. While the card we used in this review is one of the largest on the market, the Li-Heat mounting kit didn’t give at all. The case we used did flex slightly under the load but we were able to adjust the bracket mounting enough to bring the card right back up to level.
Performance-wise, we couldn’t see any difference between normal mounting plugged directly into the board and using the riser. Our card was also kept far enough from the window to allow ample airflow which means boost clocks stayed high and temperatures and noise stayed low. While some AMD fans may complain that the riser doesn’t officially support PCI 4.0, Li-Heat has a solution coming to market soon for those users. In reality, the only PCIe 4.0 cards on the market at the time of this publishing don’t see a benefit from running at 4.0 speeds over 3.0 currently anyway. If we HAD to nitpick something, we would liked to have had a matching PCIe slot cover to fill the gap when using a 2-slot card, and MAYBE a couple of extra screws thrown in. The mounting kit uses standard case and drive screws readily enough, so you’ll probably have a few extra floating around anyway.
Great job Li-Heat!
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