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Removing excess PCB on a GTX 970

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I am watercooling a Gainward GTX 970. The Ek waterblock is much shorter than the card, and so is the backplate. I see the newer rev. of theese cards have shorter pcb's, and stops at the 6pin connectors. From what i can tell, just by looking at it, i dont see much difference between the two. Just somthing resembling led's, that i dont think is doing anything (dummy?). Does anyone have experience cutting away the excess pcb? Does it run electrical lines in the pcb past the 6pins? Thats not the refference, but close to what mine looks like.

Thanks
post #2 of 61
I would not risk killing the card.
You should ask Gainward first, hopefully you will get a satisfactory answer.
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That is the weirdest PCB i have ever seen.  Did they really make the card with all that extra PCB?  I would think they would have only used just enough to cut down on price.  

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post #4 of 61
Are those white spots on the 'dummy' part, LEDs?
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Are those white spots on the 'dummy' part, LEDs?

Dont really know. Kinda looks like it.. they dont light up and I dobt see any use for them tongue.gif Cant see any " lines" in the board either..
post #6 of 61
If you decide to cut it anyway, use a high speed tool and keep enough distance from the existing traces.

And don't forget "GTX 970 smoke, don't breathe this!" biggrin.gif
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If you decide to cut it anyway, use a high speed tool and keep enough distance from the existing traces.

And don't forget "GTX 970 smoke, don't breathe this!" biggrin.gif

Yep. Getting the dremel and giving it a try! biggrin.gif
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That is the weirdest PCB i have ever seen.  Did they really make the card with all that extra PCB?  I would think they would have only used just enough to cut down on price.  

Who knows.. maybe the refference 980 has the same pcb size, therefore saving money that way? The later revisions of the 970 has been cut tho.
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Do it for the sake of science.drum.gifdevil.gifdrum.gif
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This sounds like a very, very bad idea.
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