Vertical GPU bracket GTX1080Ti Zeuligan Angl3d Ti water cooling mod 14

Vertical GPU bracket GTX1080Ti for be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

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The case will be so packed with water cooling, with it’s dual pumps and dual reservoirs I felt I needed to position the GPU in a different way. Was also important to create balance. Many polygons in this project. Very easy to go overboard.

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Cranked out the MB backplate and my 1080Ti covered in beautiful EKWB acrylic.

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Took some measurements, cut and bent some aluminum and drilled holes for mounting. Not very elegant looking, but sturdy.

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Drilled some holes to the top of the case and taped a fan in place to ensure proper measurements.

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I like it. Quick, yet very functional. Don’t worry, I don’t plan to leave that GPU haning in just an aluminium bracket. One wrong move and we have an expensive water accident on our hands.

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Took two iterations to get what I wanted. The GPU is very beautiful by it’s own and due to previously mentioned balance, I wanted to leave polygons out of the ekvation. This is my idea of a 3D printed vertical GPU bracket.

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The 3D printed bracket combined with the aluminum reinforcement will be very sturdy and the bracket will also hide the aluminum angles. Didn’t really think I would leave it like that right?

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Almost, the aluminum is sticking out a little. Need to make the bracket longer. Last iteration.

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Yum. The GPU slides into a track in the aluminum and into an equal track in the bracket. Then a fastening bolt goes on the other end, secure the card to the aluminum and 3D printed bracket. The card also slides 2 mm into the bracket, looking it in place in all directions. Not a bad solution if I may say so my self.

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I printed hex-nut shaped holes on the inside of the brackets, 90% of the size. Then I heated the nut with my soldering iron and pressed the nut into the plastic together with some superglue. That will hold 🙂

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Went through a few more prorotypes and iterations for the GPU cover. Left the polygon design behind. Became to much and I will need something cleaner. Biggest problem is the size required to hide the PCI riser cable.

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Happy, at last. At this last angle, the GPU metal is visible for the slide in. Got an equal track inte aluminum bracket on the inside. Just need to sand down, prime and paint the bracket and cover.

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