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I'm about to pull the trigger on the EK GeForce 570 / 580 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal block on FrozenCPU. In the specs, its talking about some GPU RAM enforcer described as this:

"Enclosed is also a GPU reinforcer. A metal plate which is mounted around the GPU with M3×4 screws and reinforces the PCB for perfect GPU contact with Water block without unwanted PCB bending."

Is that any different from the actual Backplate that they sell exclusively for this block?

Some help with this before i post this in the "Post your last purchase" thread, and add this to Project tenebris.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 11

Yes the plate can be seen here, it is to prevent shorts after some people contacted EK about it.



Back plate helps prevent bending and looks cool. Also you can mod something in your case to help hold it up perfectly. I will be moding the HAF X's GPU holder for that very purpose.
Edited by Live_free - 1/30/11 at 3:50pm
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I got the Nickel plated version and that GPU thing goes on the front side near the GPU to pretty much give some lift on the block so it doesn't put too much weight on the chip. My card still kinda curves from all the weight though
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Live free tell me more about your mod to keep the cards up.
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The backplate is mostly for looks to be honest, while the gpu reinforcer helps the card from bending.
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The HAF X comes with this. I am going to fit it and see if just alone it holds it up or will I have to do something else as in a mod to it. Just attack it on the back and slide it us to where the botton on the holder's arm is resting on the waterblock. But really anything that will support that corner or your card will work. I don't care about looks that much so having a big ugly arm across my case is ok but you may care.

post #7 of 11
None of mine bend...have them screwed into expansion slots tightly and each bracket rests on the screw below it as well.

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Yuck. Buy a Nickel+Acetal/Plexi block. All copper does is tarnish.
 
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post #9 of 11
Yes, the GPU reinforcer is different than the backplate. The reinforcer is standard assembly issue whereas the backplate is an aftermarket option (highly recommended).
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post #10 of 11
just the same waterblock i bougth and no, the back plate is a separeted item and i had to buy it too (29$)

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