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I have an Asus Xense which in my setup is installed right above a graphics card. I'm a little nervous that the metal shielding on the Xense is sitting very close to the PCB of a rather expensice 780 Ti. Could I just take the shield off without causing any problems? If I absolutely had to I could try moving it to a different slot but I would prefer to keep it where it is.

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post #2 of 11
the shield is for protecting against interference.

pull it off if you can and see if you hear any humming buzzing or whatever if you cant leave it off.
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I've always assume the only function of the shield is to block electrical noise from getting into the audio signal.
So removing it will not affect the normal operations of the Xence.
(might get a little more "noise" in the audio signal).
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Could I keep the shield on and just put a piece of clear tape or similar to prevent the possibility of a short?
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Originally Posted by MNiceGuy View Post

Could I keep the shield on and just put a piece of clear tape or similar to prevent the possibility of a short?

Correct me if I am wrong here, but I get the feeling that scotch tape should not be around electronics. This could be complete paranoia on my part, but scotch tape seems to have a small amount of static cling when ever I use it.

The best way I can think of handling the situation is to remove the shield. Go get some plastidip from pep boys or autozone for a few bucks and just give your shield a very light coat.

The rubber is non conductive and if you ever want to sell your sound card, you can just peel the paint off without having to clean tape residue.

You will also have the added bonus of having a fairly full can of plastidip at your disposal. thumb.gif
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Or just put electrical tape on it and post it in the ghetto rigging thread smile.gif
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Or just put electrical tape on it and post it in the ghetto rigging thread smile.gif

Maybe that's the ticket!

I've been noodling on this since reading these replies and maybe insulating the shield is actually the way to go. I am a little concerned that electrical tape will go gooey since it would be sandwiched between two 780 Ti's.

In all honesty, will electrical tape work? Maybe a little ghetto but there's no way someone will see it with the card installed.

What are other options? Could I paint the shield?
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Maybe that's the ticket!

I've been noodling on this since reading these replies and maybe insulating the shield is actually the way to go. I am a little concerned that electrical tape will go gooey since it would be sandwiched between two 780 Ti's.

In all honesty, will electrical tape work? Maybe a little ghetto but there's no way someone will see it with the card installed.

What are other options? Could I paint the shield?

Obviously the tape is the quickest fix, if it gets gooey the adhesive can come off with alcohol when it comes time to change it.

Painting it I would use plastidip like one of the guys suggested.and it does peel off. It would be a bit more involved, like masking the pcb, but it would look cool as you can change the color of the shield whenever you want.

But honestly tape is sufficient, just put tape where you think it'll contact, if it is a painted surface already I would say not to cause it has the potential to take paint off, if it is anodized then go for it.
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Forget the clear tape, what you need is black electrical tape for the insulation purposes!!!
    
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The shield is actually either plated steel or very polished aluminum. It comes off with a couple of screws.
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Forget the clear tape, what you need is black electrical tape for the insulation purposes!!!

I mean yeah this is the obvious solution but I'm worried about the pesky goo factor. The tape isn't going to get all gooey from cuddling with two 80*C video cards?
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