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Old December 8, 2010, 08:04 PM
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What are these for?
I second that. To cool the VRMs on the back? Is that really necessary?

EDIT: It looks like they don't touch the VRMs... so for looks I guess? They do look pretty sweet. Only $20 I guess...
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Old December 8, 2010, 09:21 PM
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Well they are for looks, and the also provide protection. They also supposedly drop temps a degree or two.
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At lower loads, they actually do drop temps by quite a significant amount if you have a side fan. (5-7c) But once you start up something like Furmark the difference shrinks to a negligible 2-3c.
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Old December 8, 2010, 10:34 PM
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I've had back plates on all of my Cards and have never noticed a decrease in Temps after installing them, as Belgolas stated strictly for aesthetics / protecting PCB....get a high flow bracket for additional cooling.

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At lower loads, they actually do drop temps by quite a significant amount if you have a side fan. (5-7c)
I've got a modded TJ09 with a Xiggy 140mm blowing from the side directly on my Cards...before / after backplate installation (480/ 580) no difference, after high flow braket install...2-4C Delta...
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Old December 8, 2010, 11:04 PM
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I just put a waterblock on my gtx 580... when my backplate arrives (USPS.. who knows)... am i going to have to remove the waterblock to install it?

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I just put a waterblock on my gtx 580... when my backplate arrives (USPS.. who knows)... am i going to have to remove the waterblock to install it?
No. It is very easy to install. Shouldn't take more than a minute to install.
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Ordered one... Will have my 580 in a month the way stepup us going.
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http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek...ate-black.html

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Makes no difference. As previously stated, backplates are 99% aesthetics and 1% to help the pcb not flex under the weight of the waterblock
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Makes no difference. As previously stated, backplates are 99% aesthetics and 1% to help the pcb not flex under the weight of the waterblock
Don't forget the 100% sex factor, if you have a backplate all women in the area can smell it, and know your a stud...

eVGA takes a long time to ship... Anyone know if I can get the to box another plate with my stepup for my other 580? Don't need another $30 shipping lol
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