PCIe Gen 4.0 riser cables aren’t the most common thing in the world now, and most of the ones you can get aren’t of the highest quality. Let’s take a look at some of the PCIe Gen 4.0 risers that actually work as advertised.
After searching around the internet for a few hours, looking at customer experience and compatibility lists, we have come up with one PCIe Gen 4.0 riser cable that appears to be working as described.
The LINKUP Ultra family of PCIe Gen 4.0 riser cables have come up in conversation a lot around the internet and Reddit. After sifting through many reviews and user comments, it appears that this is one of the only riser cables right now that works with Gen 3.0 and Gen 4.0 without any heat or signal loss issues.
The LINKUP Ultra comes in 17 versions, ranging from the standard 18 to 22 cm dual reverse sockets to tiny 5 cm straight riser cables. If you have an SFF case, there’s a chance a cable will suit your build.
Below is an in-depth test from Reddit user bmagnien that looks at the LINKUP Ultra riser cable’s performance in Gen 4.0 and 3.0 modes and compares it against not riser cable. This looks to be the best testing on the internet right now, so be sure to consider purchasing.
Also, take a look at what some other people who have purchased the riser cable have to say.
The takeaway from all of this is as follows: if you don’t need a Gen 4.0 riser cable, don’t buy one. If you have a Gen 4.0 graphics card, ensure someone else has used it before to ensure compatibility. Even then though it does not guarantee it will work with your motherboard and graphics card.
Due to the manufacturing change required to make Gen 4.0 riser cables, I would recommend you hold off for some time until other manufactures start putting out options. If you need one right now, the Ultra series from LINKUP is a good choice, and be sure to purchase it through Amazon if anything goes wrong.