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Old February 19, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Hey,

I just red some topic on the NCIX forum and it seems like the latest XFX 6970 being shipped don't have a backplate anymore...so the non ref cards already started to trickle-in...

The backplates are great, pretty stupid they take them off to save 2$...
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Old February 19, 2011, 08:54 AM
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The backplates are for looks only anyways. There are no important IC's on the back of the card.
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Old February 19, 2011, 09:41 AM
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I realize it's more for show, but it looks nice, also, it helps a little to keep the card/PCB straight.

and don't forget that those cards don't use the volterra Voltage regulation components, but cheaper stuff...

But hey, people are ordering GTX backplates from EVGA online, so some people like 'em on both red and green team!!!
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Old February 22, 2011, 06:41 AM
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The backplate makes big difference when adding a waterblock or after-market cooler. My 4890 (no backplate) always had a curve to it after I added a waterblock, my 6950 (with backplate) has no such curve and the waterblock on it is heaver and the card is longer. Even my 2900XT (with backplate) didn't curve with a waterblock. If you are running stock then it makes only a aesthetic effect but if you want a heavy after-market cooling option then it makes a big difference.
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