Make single slot GTX / Titan card

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If you need to fill all available GPU slots at your motherboard, to build GPU render workstation and you need some other card (sound, edit…), you already realize that there is one big problem. Modern powerful cards are double slot cards. In air cooled system there is no way to use slot between GPU, or to put two graphics card at adjacent slots (let’s say there is no elegant way…. With extender PCI-e cables you can but it is another story). In case of water cooled system you can do it. But, off course, there is another problem:) You can install water block and get slim card, but there is DVI port at upper row, so you still have double slot card.

This is story about removing that port and finally have real single slot card.
This is pure mechanical operation. All you need is little patience and self-confidence:) (disassembling brand new, expensive graphic card is not everyday job:) I call it haircut & shave method (you will understand why…)

After removing stock cooler… before installing water block…

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Start with screwdriver at the top of DVI conector. Easy go between metal and plastic (black is plastic).
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With pliers, unfold this little tabs (from booth sides)
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...other side.
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Now you can open back side. (it will bend at the root)
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Cut plastic bridge on booth sides (cutting pliers, I use precise hobby and stronger electricians depending on available space) Need to do this to make sides free. Yellow and red circular marks will be important for next step. I mark it here because important part is clearly visible.
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After cutting plastic bridges, bend side panels outside.
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There is total of 6 anchor points. 4 at back and 2 from side. This is how it looks from bottom side. Now pay attention to side anchor pins.
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Rotate metal shield until you realize that side pins lost grip (drop out from solder)
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Be sure that both side anchors are free (when you rotate shield there will be resistance only at remaining 4 back anchors).

Start with back/forth moves until you broke 4 back anchor pins. At video I just demonstrate how it looks like, but I do it with booth hands, of course. HERE TAKE ATTENTION! You don’t want to use to much force and, when anchors collapse, scratch and damage card with sharp metal. Use back / forth movement but PUSH METAL TO CONNECTOR SIDE, NOT PULL TO YOURSELF. So, when you break anchor pin, it just stop against connector (there is nothing to damage). Do it easy and you will fill the moment just before break.

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Hardest part is over 🙂
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With pliers, just pull pins out (from port side)
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After pulling out all pins.
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...and from another angle.
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Cut plastic column.
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Connector and metal shield are gone!
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Now do "haircut" - big peaces first...
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... and then "shave" - smal trims, closest to conector.

HERE TAKE ATTENTION AGAIN!
When you make cut, be sure to find that peace, you don’t want it somewhere on board. Best way is to cut one by one. Then you will be sure that you need to have just one piece.

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Final look. NOTICE how I parted pins from each other. To be sure that there is no contact. Before it will be covered by water block, I put piece of electrical insulation tape to cover this mess.
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Cut original bracket to single size, and that's it:) I used electrical hobby grinder.
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Finally, full single slot card with installed water block on it:)