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Not really sure what to call them aside from enclosures. But whats up with them on higher end gpus? Doesnt that keep heat trapped inside the GPU moreso than not?


A few unrelated side questions...
Is it possible to strip the decals/logos off the enclosure in a non-destructive way

Is it possible to remove the enclosure?

In online deals, a lot of ppl seem to make a fuss about whether a card is a reference card or not - so... whats the big deal with reference vs non-reference? biggrin.gif
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The 'enclosure' is the shroud, it helps direct airflow through the heatsink fins. Taking it off wouldn't be very beneficial.

Taking the stickers off it is easy, just peel them off and use soapy water to get the remains off.
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It's to channel the air, so it can be expelled out the back of the card, rather than just being blown into the case.
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Non-reference cards may have cheaper components, and aftermarket heatsinks / waterblocks may not fit on them.
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Originally Posted by Cloud007;13853493 
Not really sure what to call them aside from enclosures. But whats up with them on higher end gpus? Doesnt that keep heat trapped inside the GPU moreso than not?
The enclosures are actually there to help aid in the removal of heat, the fan's power is more concentrated within the enclosure spinning cool(er) air inside and hot air out. Each and every card with an enclosure has been designed to disperse hot air in one way or another.
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A few unrelated side questions...
Is it possible to strip the decals/logos off the enclosure in a non-destructive way
As in, not completely destroying the sticker if you want to put it back on later? Or not leaving behind adhesive residue? Either way: probably not. Get some Goo-Gone or something if you're concerned about what the sticker will leave behind, don't take the sticker off if you feel you might want to put it back on later.
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Is it possible to remove the enclosure?
Yes. Although it varies from GPU to GPU, they can all be removed.
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In online deals, a lot of ppl seem to make a fuss about whether a card is a reference card or not - so... whats the big deal with reference vs non-reference? biggrin.gif
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reference cards are made using a design from ATI/Nvidia, non reference cards are made using the AIB partners (EVGA, XFX Asus to name a few) own design by going with non reference designs AIBs can reduce costs by leaving out some components or they can add components to help with stability at higher clocks but doing so means that some aftermarket coolers wont fit
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Ah I see ^.^

So even though removing them wouldnt be beneficial, is it possible in a non-destructive way?
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Yes, it is possible, but its a bad idea.
    
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As in, not completely destroying the sticker if you want to put it back on later? Or not leaving behind adhesive residue? Either way: probably not. Get some Goo-Gone or something if you're concerned about what the sticker will leave behind, don't take the sticker off if you feel you might want to put it back on later.

The first one - taking it off so if desired, I could put it on later. Personally, I dont like the stickers at all. However, I know for reselling down the road, people like stuff to look as if it just came out the factory press.
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The first one - taking it off so if desired, I could put it on later. Personally, I dont like the stickers at all. However, I know for reselling down the road, people like stuff to look as if it just came out the factory press.

Unfortunately it's doubtful. Stickers never seem to... well, 'stick' quite as well the second time around, I have never seen a place to buy shroud stickers either. That being said, the only sticker I have ever taken off was on an 8800GTS and that adhesive had 2 years of "heat treating" applaud.gif.

Remember that this is OCN, and that a lot of people who browse the Marketplace understand that as a community we void warranties and modify things. If you take off the stickers and paint the shroud a nice flat black or something, don't think that the card's value is going to plummet.
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