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Shroud or no shroud for the HD 6850

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First of all my GPU cooler is this (except with AS5):



Running in a CM 912 with excellent air flow, specifically:

200mm front intake
140mm side intake
200mm top exhaust
120mm rear exhaust

Now I'm debating. Should I take the shroud off of the GPU cooler? Which would cool the card better?

(I'm going to do it anyway and test it, but I want your expert OCN opinions)
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Hmmm good question. I bet the difference will be very little.

I say leave it on.
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I'd say if the side fan is right on top of your card take off the shroud to let that side fan blow through it a bit. Sometimes I think the shroud is built to help direct the air from the HSF through the heatsink but if you have another fan blowing onto the card, I would think that the shroud will be blocking that air and therefore serves as a hindrance to airflow on the heatsink.
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