Originally Posted by iRUSH
Having owned one, I can't say that is aluminum. Felt like plastic and sounded like plastic.
Well the 480 Nitro+ I have in my MSI build... the backplate is most definitely not plastic and is some sort of metal. I would assume it's aluminum but it's not like I can say for sure. Opposed to the fan shroud which is obviously plastic.
The card goes well with my MSI Titanium color scheme due to the back plate.
I don't know why it feels cheap to some... The only thing that bothers me is when I have to handle it my fingers end up in the fans too easily. The fans feel like they would be easy to damage (the only cheap feel I get from the card) and it seems to weigh a decent amount (more than I would expect looking at it).
Perhaps there is some variance in manufacturing.. I don't know.
I have an Asus Strix version as well, but I haven't tried that yet... because it's long enough that it won't fit in that case with the Radiator I currently have in the front.