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GeForce 210 x16 to x1 mod

Discussion in 'NVIDIA' started by Jstn7477, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Jstn7477

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    Hey guys,

    I got my GeForce 210 back today from another TPU user that borrowed it while waiting for their HD 5770. Since my 790FX board only has 2 PCIe x16 (occupied) and 2 PCIe x1 slots (1 available, 1 blocked), and I wanted to use the 210 as a 3rd card for more F@H, I decided to take the risk of cutting off the gold fingers from lanes 2-16. I used a cheap 12" hacksaw with an unknown blade type to cut off all the fingers up until the 7 x1 fingers, and then used a non-serrated pocket knife to clean up the edges and remove any loose traces that could short out. After finishing the work (took maybe 15 minutes), I bravely removed the other graphics cards, stuck this in my first open x1 slot of my $200 motherboard, and turned on the power, to have the card WORK! I then popped in my 2 9800 GTs, booted up Windows and now I have 3 cards running! :D

    Yes, I know that the mod looks kind of badly done, but I only did it with a hacksaw and pocket knife (I don't have cool tools such as a Dremel.)

    GPU-Z screenie:

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    Before (stole this pic from my mini-review of the card 2 months ago):

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    After:
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    Pics added.

    Maybe I will benchmark this sooner or later to see how much it is bottlenecked (if much at all) by the PCIe 2.0 x1 slot.
     
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    Very Nice :rockout:
     
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    It has a very nice looking cooler.

    How well does it perform?
     
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    WOW!!! Who would have thought, Thats amazing!
     
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    Nice mod, but wouldn't it be easier and less risky just to notch the 1x pci-e slot?
     
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    In this case, the video card is roughly $50, while my motherboard (ASUS Crosshair III Formula) is worth $200. Plus, it would void my motherboard's warranty. The graphics card itself I wouldn't care about.
     
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    Just tape the damn thing also works :p
     
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    I had to cut it to fit in a closed-ended PCIe 2.0 x1 slot.
     
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    Is overclocking dampered at all due to the lack of power? :p Sorry i had to ask.
     
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    Would I be the only person wondering if that was a picture that had been cut and pasted?

    Anyways, good application of technical PCIx theory to a real life problem.
     
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    I actually just tested it with OCCT GPU and at stock clocks it got about 8FPS and when I overclocked it to 700/1700/550 it went up to around 11FPS. I guess 500MB/s is fair enough for this card.

    Copy and pasted in what way? Do I need to prove, just for you, my identity and that I actually modified the card? Does my cell phone's 3.2MP camera make things look fake? :confused:

    The only picture I copied was the card in it's original form, from my review that I created here on TPU on October 5th, 2009 (The day that I purchased the card at my local Best Buy). The other pictures were generated yesterday evening, when I began this thread.)
     
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    Cheers for video card mutilation ! :toast:

    I've a HD4350 that I sawed off a while ago :rockout:
     
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    wassnt there another thread on this same process? if anybody knows were that is, please link me :)
     
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    Really bad idea...:shadedshu

    What you should have done is cut the 1x or 4x pci-e slot open so you could fit the card without cutting it.

    See the link
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/249291-30-card

    That is more the proper , safer & faster way of doing it ;)
     
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    Not to mention if done right ASUS wouldn't care.

    None the less man, good job on it. I am considering doing that to a 7300GS I have. :p
     
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    Heh, still working today except for the dying fan. All of the power business happens in the first lobe of the slot, the part that I sawed off was just PCIe links 2-16, no harm done. The card barely saturates a PCIe 2.0 x1 link anyway, so I didn't mind permanently cutting the connector off. Plus, it was much cheaper than my motherboard.
     
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    Don't worry about all these hating people.....they are just pissy you had the balls to cut up a card and they didn't, also, cutting the board is the LAST thing I'd do. :)


    On a note of the mod....worth while if you can find a use for it and have the nuts in the first place to do such a thing...good to see modding is still a strong force in this community. :toast:
     
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    Thanks. :toast:

    I need to fix the cooling solution, because the little 40mm sleeve-bearing fan is dying, and motor oil didn't really quiet it down much. Maybe I can run it passively without the plastic sheath, and just put a fan near it to provide a bit of ambient airflow.
     
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    Pull that fan off and give me the #s.

    I have a 40mm that is EXACTLY like that... :-\ Under 12hrs of use on it too. lolz.

    Its currently on a bricked X1650XT though. I tried to flash it and failed.. :-(

    The card is still good... just needs to be reflashed with BIOS. lolz. Also, PCIe lanes 8-16 are shot to crap.
     
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    im really like people who do crazy modding
     
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    Excellent mod, been looking at doing something similar for some time now.
     

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