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Is it okay to bend PCIE cables?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So, I got a Seasonic Prime Ultra 650W. I noticed that the PCIE cable is both a 8 pin and 6 pin cable. It's 6 pin in the sense that the other two pins of the cable aren't exactly attached to the 6 pin connector(they kind of hang around). Since I was worried about the other two pins touching the PCB of my Windforce 1060 OC(A GPU with a 6 pin PCIE port or whatever it's called). I decided to bend the cable of each pin back and tie them with a zip tie. Can doing this damage the cables of the two pins in any way? Sorry if the question's kind of stupid. I just don't watch the two pins touching my PCB and shorting the GPU out.

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send a picture. From what you're describing it sounds perfectly fine but let's get a visual to be sure.


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5 minutes ago, TheBiggestOfBuschemis said:

 

that's no problem.


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Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

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22 minutes ago, TheBiggestOfBuschemis said:

So, I got a Seasonic Prime Ultra 650W. I noticed that the PCIE cable is both a 8 pin and 6 pin cable. It's 6 pin in the sense that the other two pins of the cable aren't exactly attached to the 6 pin connector(it kind of hangs around). Since I was worried about the other two pins touching the PCB of my Windforce 1060 OC(A GPU with a 6 pin PCIE port or whatever it's called). I decided to bend the cable back and tie it with a zip tie. Can doing this damage the cables of the two pins in any way? Sorry if the question's kind of stupid. I just don't watch the two pins touching my PCB and shorting the GPU out.

 

It's fine, but just don't kink any cables (eg they shouldn't have folds in their insulation)

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24 minutes ago, TheBiggestOfBuschemis said:

 

I have a 6 pin that just hangs down below.  I'm not picky.

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19 minutes ago, quakeguy said:

I have a 6 pin that just hangs down below.  I'm not picky.

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It's not a matter of being picky or not. I'm guessing your 1070 uses a 8 pin connector. My GPU's uses a 6 pin connector and the the last two connectors were kind of close to the PCB. I just decided to bend them back and tie them with a ziptie in order to not let them short the GPU by touching the PCB. Not trying to sound like a douche or anything. I like your cable management by the way, lol.

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47 minutes ago, Kisai said:

 

It's fine, but just don't kink any cables (eg they shouldn't have folds in their insulation)

Could you check the picture I posted? The cable in that picture is bending back and has a zip tie on it. Is that perfectly fine or..?

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24 minutes ago, TheBiggestOfBuschemis said:

It's not a matter of being picky or not. I'm guessing your 1070 uses a 8 pin connector. My GPU's uses a 6 pin connector and the the last two connectors were kind of close to the PCB. I just decided to bend them back and tie them with a ziptie in order to not let them short the GPU by touching the PCB. Not trying to sound like a douche or anything. I like your cable management by the way, lol.

The chance of the pins in the connector shorting anything out is very minimal, especially touching a PCB.  As you can see the pin is recessed inside the connector.  If you're worried about it you could put a piece of black electrical tape over it.  It's better than bending wires.  LOL.

 

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2 minutes ago, quakeguy said:

The chance of the pins in the connector shorting anything out is very minimal, especially touching a PCB.  As you can see the pin is recessed inside the connector.  If you're worried about it you could put a piece of black electrical tape over it.  It's better than bending wires.  LOL.

 

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You make a fair point. Again, didn't mean to come off as a dick.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, Arika S said:

what? no.

 

just dont fold it back on itself so it's kinked. a bend/curve is find. a fold is not

Sorry, kind of new to all of this. By the way, is the cable in that picture folding on itself in any way?

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2 hours ago, TheBiggestOfBuschemis said:

Thank you for helping my dull minded self understand what you meant by "folding". Apologies for making myself look like an utter fool.

Yeah basically that. When you see folds in the insulation, the cables are almost always damaged.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bend_radius

 

 

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