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post #1 of 77
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Hello OCN people

My brain is about to explode over this question I asked myself 100 times. Closed or open gpu shroud???

With a closed shrourd or rear exhaust the GPU will run hotter and the rest of my components will run a bit cooler
With a open shroud or NON-ref design the GPU will run cooler and the rest of my components will run a bit hotter

Im right about this? And what is the best option for me? Im will run a single GPU in the 600t. Plenty of airflow etc.
    
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post #2 of 77
We can't really tell you what is best without more information on the rest of your rig. Specifically, your case setup and other cooling components. It would also be useful to tell us what card and model you're talking about.
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I generally go with your spacing and if you plan on going SLI / CFX -

- if you don't plan on going SLI / CFX and you have decent case flow, then go for a non reference style cooler.
- If you plan on going SLI / CFX and will have a minimum of 1 spacing inbetween the GPU's (i.e. GPU 1 is on Slot 1, GPU 2 is on Slot 4) then go for non reference.

Any other scenario you should go with reference style cooling (i.e. no slot spacing with SLI / CFX or small case with minimal air flow)

Also of note, if you plan on water cooling you should go reference design which generally means rear exhaust as most water cooling blocks are designed around reference designs.
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I will update my rig then, but it is some old hardware biggrin.gif

I can post the specs here of what I will buy and you can give me some positve/negative criticism and maybe tell me what kind of gpu I should get?
    
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If you care about noise output I would go for an open design. The closed reference designs tend to be a lot louder. I am using an asus 670, that's an open design, in a node 304 and thats a relatively small case and while gaming temps reach 70 max. With your case I would definately go open shroud. The only case I would consider close shroud is the FT03-mini. God I love that case. If only it wouldn't conflict with my silent gaming rig ideals.
post #6 of 77
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Yea I think I would go for a open shroud, but it's just I am a fan of EVGA and backplates whistle.gif But I live in Denmark so to get a backplated shipped is a lot of money tongue.gif

Topic just turned into "Backplate or no backplate:D"
    
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post #7 of 77
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Originally Posted by Zillerella View Post

Yea I think I would go for a open shroud, but it's just I am a fan of EVGA and backplates whistle.gif But I live in Denmark so to get a backplated shipped is a lot of money tongue.gif

Topic just turned into "Backplate or no backplate:D"

What is the advantage of a backplate? The asus gtx 670 dc 2 I have also comes with a backplate. Many do I think.
post #8 of 77
Back plates help with heavy cards flexing (especially if watercooled) and look nice.

I believe some used to have small positive effects on temperature but can't quite remember. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 77
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QUOTE]I believe some used to have small positive effects on temperature but can't quite remember.[/QUOTE]

Some people say they get better temps smile.gif But I think I will wait for the 7** series, because if the rumors are true the 770 will get the titan cooler and that would be AWESOME. Then im all in for that card else I would go with 670/680 signature 2 card with NON-ref design and then order a backplate from evga
    
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post #10 of 77
670 is not a heavy card by any means so a backplate is pointless as it's only for aesthetics but yes Backplates have helped with temps ON FERMI. End of story wink.gif
Oh and VRMs on the backside
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