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A PCIe riser cable is a handy accessory that can be used as an extension between your motherboard PCIe slot and the best graphics cards. It can be used to install a GPU vertically or in a different place within the chassis. We've rounded up some of the best risers out there.

LINKUP Ultra PCIe 4.0 x16 Riser Cable (opens in new tab)

PCIe 4 Riser

This revised PCIe Gen 4.0 riser cable is perfect for any PC build that supports the latest generation of PCIe hardware. If you're planning to use a case that lets you install the GPU in a dedicated position within the chassis, this cable is great for NVIDIA's latest 30 series graphics cards. It even has gold-plated contacts for signal integrity.

Thermaltake TT Gaming PCIe 3.0 x16 Riser Cable (opens in new tab)

Value Riser

If you fancy a riser cable from a more reputable brand, Thermaltake has its TT Gaming PCIe 3.0 x16 riser cable available for those with a custom case. It's not PCIe 4.0, so you won't get all the speed improvements that come with it, but it is 200mm in length and is EMI shielded to reduce interference.

LTERIVER PCIe 3.0 x16 Riser Cable VER006C (opens in new tab)

Crypto Miner Riser

This is only required if you plan on building a mining rig for earning some cryptocurrency, but it essentially creates an external PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for GPUs with a direct link to the PSU. It's also handy if you plan on using your GPU for most of the day and don't want a continuous stream of current passing through your motherboard.

Timack PCIe 3.0 x1 Riser Cable (opens in new tab)

Crypto Miner Riser

This is only required if you plan on building a mining rig for earning some cryptocurrency, but it essentially creates an external PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for GPUs with a direct link to the PSU. It's also handy if you plan on using your GPU for most of the day and don't want a continuous stream of current passing through your motherboard.

Choosing the right PCIe riser cable

Deciding on the right PCIe riser cable depends on a few factors, namely what you plan on connecting to it and what case you have. A PCIe riser cable like the LINKUP Ultra PCIe 4.0 x16 Riser Cable (opens in new tab) is great for those with a PCIe 4.0 capable PC, which requires an AMD Ryzen 5000 and AMD 500 or Intel 11th Gen and Intel 500 series processor and motherboard.

If you do not have a PCIe 4.0 capable PC and don't plan on taking advantage of the features that come with it, the Thermaltake TT Gaming PCIe 3.0 x16 Riser Cable (opens in new tab) is also a good choice on PCIe 3.0. If you fancy yourself a custom cryptocurrency mining rig, the LTERIVER PCIe 3.0 x16 Riser Cable VER006C (opens in new tab) is a brilliant investment to connect numerous GPUs to a single PSU and motherboard.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.