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Windows 7: Your Take on Vid Card Backplate?

15 Feb 2016   #1
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
Your Take on Vid Card Backplate?

I Googled video card backplates and there seems to be two camps. One camp says it's a good heatsink and makes things look nicer. The other says it's just a dust trap that adds weight to the system.

I have no experience with them so I figured I'd ask your opinions on backplates.


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15 Feb 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn`t have a card without one, today there`s no reason not to have one, they cost $20 if the card doesn`t come with one already.

Look how nice this MSI 980 Ti looks with a plate

I mean this is the part we see so, it may as well look the best it can be


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15 Feb 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
As far as I've seen the ones that come with back plates preinstalled have better cooling
Ones that don't come with them do so because they lack the extra cooling features acx or something like that ?
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16 Feb 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

1. Back plates look good.
2. Back plates help dissipate heat.
3. Back plates add rigidity to the video card.
4. Back plates cover circuits that should not be touched.

If a back plate is a dust trap for what ever reason; that is good.
It stopped the dust from getting into all the things that it is covering up.
If your back plate is catching a lot of dust you have more problems than a back plate.
Filtering all intake air would be a good place to start.
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16 Feb 2016   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Back plates look good.
2. Back plates help dissipate heat.
3. Back plates add rigidity to the video card.
4. Back plates cover circuits that should not be touched.

If a back plate is a dust trap for what ever reason; that is good.
It stopped the dust from getting into all the things that it is covering up.
If your back plate is catching a lot of dust you have more problems than a back plate.
Filtering all intake air would be a good place to start.
I totally agree except not all back plates help dissipate heat.
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16 Feb 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I totally agree LF, but that`s not what they are designed for, it`s just an added bonus if they do.

Which they rarely do because they don`t even touch the chip.

It`s not even something to consider when buying a backplate.

Once again, look at the MSI card I posted, it`s beautiful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-889-_-Product
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17 Feb 2016   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well like most things, the opinions on cooling are all over the place.
I haven't done any tests to prove one way or the other.
I would think that it depends on the video card and the air circulation path through the case.
Just looking good is enough reason for me to have backing plates.

Some examples. I haven't found and definite answer.

Benefits of metal backplate on graphics card? - Super User

Does the backplate really do anything? - EVGA Forums

GPU backplate?
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18 Feb 2016   #8
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I wouldn`t have a card without one, today there`s no reason not to have one, they cost $20 if the card doesn`t come with one already.

Look how nice this MSI 980 Ti looks with a plate

I mean this is the part we see so, it may as well look the best it can be
Yeah, that looks nice! I only glimpsed at mine, weeks ago, and I think it's only just a plate. I'll have to take a closer look; maybe on the other side it's got something worth looking at, LOL.
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18 Feb 2016   #9
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Back plates look good.
2. Back plates help dissipate heat.
3. Back plates add rigidity to the video card.
4. Back plates cover circuits that should not be touched.

If a back plate is a dust trap for what ever reason; that is good.
It stopped the dust from getting into all the things that it is covering up.
If your back plate is catching a lot of dust you have more problems than a back plate.
Filtering all intake air would be a good place to start.
I like points 3 & 4. They make good sense since I'm 'one of those' that goes more for function over form (but form is cool, too!).
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18 Feb 2016   #10
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Back plates look good.
2. Back plates help dissipate heat.
3. Back plates add rigidity to the video card.
4. Back plates cover circuits that should not be touched.

If a back plate is a dust trap for what ever reason; that is good.
It stopped the dust from getting into all the things that it is covering up.
If your back plate is catching a lot of dust you have more problems than a back plate.
Filtering all intake air would be a good place to start.
I totally agree except not all back plates help dissipate heat.
Yeah, I think more physical contact would be necessary for heat dissipation...
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