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How necessary are back plates for waterblocks?

Poll Results: Watercooled GPU

Poll expired: Nov 30, 2013  
  • 62% (5)
    With Backplate
  • 37% (3)
    Without Backplate
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
the title says it all...
im watercooling my 780, i have a water block but i notice a back plate is also an option and im not sure if i want to spend the extra 50 dollars?
can you tell me the purpos of a back plate?
looks or functionality?
do you prefer a watercooled gpu with or without a back plate?
thanks again
post #2 of 5
It's purely aesthetic. Anyone who says otherwise is "cork sniffing".
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post #3 of 5
For looks and more support of the PCB.

I don't have one, but they are nice to have.
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post #4 of 5
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Okay thanks guys.
i guess i wont get one,
post #5 of 5
Backplates provide:

1. PCB Stiffening
2. Dust protection
3 Water leak protection (have a rad mounted above that card ? ... few drips could be costly)
4. Short Circuit Protection (ever fiddle around ya PC while its on ?)
5. Cooling of backside of card .... they do come with thermal pads and instructions to apply thermal paste

Do ya need it ? .... no .... but then it could be argued that ya don't need a water block either smile.gif. To my mind, iIf ya thought enough to get a full cover water block instead of a "GPU only" one, I'd say it's worth the investment. Of course if ya drop something metal on the card while in there tinkering with power on, you will think it worthwhile.

They are becoming increasingly common and talked about on air cooled cards I notice

http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-gtx-780-direct-cu-ii-review/39559.html
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There is also a aluminum backplate at the back of the card which helps to prevent the card from warping and provide rudimentary protection against accidental short circuit from nearby metals (e.g large CPU heatsink).

And usually they under $30
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