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eh.... what exactly is a "backplate"?

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See title. I've seen them around a lot with regards with Graphics card, but I have no idea what they are - I've done google searches and I know its something that has to do with cooling the processing unit but I haven't found an exact definition of what they are:

- What are they?
- Do they come standard or are they an addon that OCers install?

Thanks!
Edited by Napwneon - 5/28/11 at 11:23pm
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They're decorative add-ons to go with full waterblocks. On the HD6990, its actually a passive cooling plate for the memory chips and PCB.
     
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sheet of metal used to give the back of a graphics card a cleaner look and "protects" it

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sheet of metal used to give the back of a graphics card a cleaner look and "protects" it

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Provides a rigid structure for the card. Plus can act as barrier to heat, to cards that are in SLI/CFX.
 
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