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Will this backplate work as a stand-alone for my 7970?

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Currently I'm rocking the HIS 7970 ICEQ X² GHz Edition and looking for a back plate to help clean up it's nakedness. I've no plans of actually watercooling it ATM, just want a clean looking backplate. I found this one from the dudes at Frozen CPU:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15407/ex-blc-1073/Heatkiller_GPU-X_79X0_Radeon_HD_7950_7970_Reference_Design_Backplate_16002.html

Would this work as just a stand-alone? Are there any other choices out there?
 
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What do you mean by stand alone? Without a water cooler on it? Sure. The backplate is mostly cosmetic anyway. They're rarely actually needed.
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What do you mean by stand alone? Without a water cooler on it? Sure. The backplate is mostly cosmetic anyway. They're rarely actually needed.

Yes, without a water cooler. I saw a few that said they weren't compatible without a block. I'm gonna' be making some modifications to my case and cleaning it up. Right now the GPU just kind of looks out of place with all that blue wink.gif
 
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That may mean they use the gpu connection to attach with, which would be a problem because you air cooler is using it at the moment.

A lower dollar solution might be to take the shroud off your cooler and paint it. Would affect resale value though.
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That may mean they use the gpu connection to attach with, which would be a problem because you air cooler is using it at the moment.

A lower dollar solution might be to take the shroud off your cooler and paint it. Would affect resale value though.

I'd rather avoid that method if I could. I don't mind spending around ~$30 for a nice looking plate like the one I linked. I'm just concerned with compatibility.
 
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those 4 screws in the middle look a great deal like GPU connector posts. There are lots of others though. You could mayb leave those out, but you would have 4 blank holes.

Since you have no interst in actual stability, you could theoreticall find some non conductive heat resistant almost anything, and just attach it to the back of the card.
Edited by bombastinator - 10/27/13 at 9:37pm
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