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Yea. Full tower here so no issues aside from lacking a backplate. I may find the sapphire hardware rep and see if they will be offering backplates soon as their 290/290x toxic and vapor-x models show backplates in the product photos, hopefully they'll offer them for other cards soon.

I made that suggestion, that Sapphire sell backplates. No reply from Vapor X the Sapphire rep here. I doubt they will, evga is the only company I know of that sells optional backplates. They have those sexy sli connectors that light up too. Dunno why more firms don't do that, it's easy cash.

So far they've only announced 8gb models of Toxic and Vapor X. I shudder to think what that will cost. Not to mention 8gb seems utterly pointless.

I'm more interested in the dual Hawaii cards on the horizon. Though that's gonna cost what, like $1400? Lol
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I made that suggestion, that Sapphire sell backplates. No reply from Vapor X the Sapphire rep here. I doubt they will, evga is the only company I know of that sells optional backplates. They have those sexy sli connectors that light up too. Dunno why more firms don't do that, it's easy cash.

So far they've only announced 8gb models of Toxic and Vapor X. I shudder to think what that will cost. Not to mention 8gb seems utterly pointless.

I'm more interested in the dual Hawaii cards on the horizon. Though that's gonna cost what, like $1400? Lol

Yea, don't even wanna think about prices on those...

I'm optimistic about backplates just because newer models seem like they will be offering them. I guess time shall tell. If I had a nice cash stash laying around I'd be all for having a few hundred or a thousand machined and then sell them off, but unfortunately I don't rolleyes.gif

** May do some research and see if any water block backplates are compatible with the tri-x and just buy one of those.
Edited by rv8000 - 3/15/14 at 7:45pm
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I have an EK backplate here, looks like it would fit the tri-x as long as the screws are the right length.
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I have an EK backplate here, looks like it would fit the tri-x as long as the screws are the right length.

As long as the tri-x has ref. mounting holes for the cooler then yea the only issue would be getting the proper screws which shouldn't be too hard.
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Huh I always thought those EK or XSPC backplates fastened to the block, I didn't know they screwed into the standard holes. They don't have holes to release any heat build up though, I wonder if that's a problem. On thermal imaging you can always see just how hot that vrm1 area gets.
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Huh I always thought those EK or XSPC backplates fastened to the block, I didn't know they screwed into the standard holes. They don't have holes to release any heat build up though, I wonder if that's a problem. On thermal imaging you can always see just how hot that vrm1 area gets.

A thermal pad actually goes on the backplate from the ek one, on the backside behind vrm1. So theoretically it should actually help cool the vrm area just a tad more. The ek plate is actually very sturdy metal in comparison to some of the other plates i've owned, especially the evga 780 plate I had (relatively flimsy).
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There is one screw from the back side, the remaining 5 go through the plate into the block. Or into the holes for the heatsink (which is why the right screws may be an issue). It is shorter than the pcs+ plate, i.e. it's the length of the pcb. Seems like quality stuff, there are standoffs to keep it away from the pcb as well as the thermal pad.

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I didn't purchase on newegg, plus I'd RMA the card (probably directly through powercolor), then test the replacement to see if it's full working then sell it at a loss most likely.

Lightning is $750 on newegg (US), you in Canada?

yea i live in canada..so things are more expensive, not sure if a canadian can buy from newegg.com though, i havent tried that, maybe the shipping would be more expensive or take longer headscratch.gif
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Hmm, scoring 57.9 at stock in valley. Almost seems like there's an issue with cards having hynix memory, as mine does and so were both of daymonds. Anyone with elpida that can do a stock run of firestrike, 3dmark11, and or valley at extreme hd settings?

Fire Strike
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1767436

3dmark11
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8022265

valley extreme HD
http://cdn.overclock.net/0/07/0798e55d_v4.5Ghzx8.jpeg

running windows 8.1 pro 64bit
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There is one screw from the back side, the remaining 5 go through the plate into the block. Or into the holes for the heatsink (which is why the right screws may be an issue). It is shorter than the pcs+ plate, i.e. it's the length of the pcb. Seems like quality stuff, there are standoffs to keep it away from the pcb as well as the thermal pad.


Looks hopeful. I sent e-mail to ek asking a few questions and whether or not I would have to modify (cut out some pieces) to ensure it won't damage the card with latent heat, as other backplates all seem to have die and other key areas exposed.

Bar valley your scores are also 5% better than both daymond and my results, I wanna say thats based on intel vs. amd in valley. Thanks for some more results to compare to.
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