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Thats my question, can I use my graphic card without the plastic shroud? The only reason I am doing it is because my graphic card gets very dusty every 2 months, and I dont want to disassemble the whole card to clean it. Will my temperatures increase without the shroud? I have a good ventilated case, HAF 922, so I dont think airflow is a problem. This might be a very stupid question, but the more I ask, the more I learn.
    
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it shouldnt make too much a difference in gpu temps but it will increase the ambient temps by maybe 1-2 degrees at most to the other components of your pc.

the whole point of the shroud was to direct air through the HSF and out the back case.

in the end it is safe, but it will have some effect.
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Not a silly question at all.

It's completely safe to run it without the shroud, the only change will be how it looks. You'll probably see a slight drop in temperatures too of the card itself, depending on your airflow.
    
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I wouldnt recommend it for that GPU. If you remove the shroud the fan will just blow air in a circular pattern around the GPU and not push the hot air away from the cooling fins. Instead try to put filters on your intake fans.
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I was thinking of doing the same thing, Franz, but is there a website that sells filters? Is there any cloth that can act like a filter?
    
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I was thinking of doing the same thing, Franz, but is there a website that sells filters? Is there any cloth that can act like a filter?
Some people say panty hose works well.

Check out these magnetic filters for the side. You could get a large round or a couple of 120mm depending on what fans you are running. These filters also work well.
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Any other thoughts on this? Has anyone done this? If so, what were your results?
    
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I did it with my old 275 but it was non-reference with one of those nasty palit two fan coolers, dropped my temps a few degrees but it may be different with a reference cooler.

Just take it off and test it
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