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They've been out of stock at newegg and fry's for a while and finally I was able to find the black op's edition one in stock online at newegg ! What do these "backplates" do that everyone talks about owning for there graphics cards? Just looks?
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They've been out of stock at newegg and fry's for a while and finally I was able to find the black op's edition one in stock online at newegg ! What do these "backplates" do that everyone talks about owning for there graphics cards? Just looks?
Depending on the card, for GTX580 its for looks mostly.
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Depending on the card, for GTX580 its for looks mostly.
It's not only for looks,the backplate absorbs heat from the chip,wich can help decrease 3 C under load or more.
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Oh alright, thanks, Might order a back plate from evga.
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It's not only for looks,the backplate absorbs heat from the chip,wich can help decrease 3 C under load or more.
What Chip? Does it have contact with anything other then screws?
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Oh alright, thanks, Might order a back plate from evga.
and with a heavy card it might add support to he back so it doesnt bend since its transfering weight evenly.
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Congrats, I too recently upgraded to a GTX580.
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Enjoy the new hotness. I got an ASUS one back when they first came out and have loved it. Have yet to stress it out When that time comes for a companion, SLI'd 580s is quite the powerhouse...
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and with a heavy card it might add support to he back so it doesnt bend since its transfering weight evenly.
Yep!

Aside from the aesthetic quality, what Smob said is dead-on in my situation. My bottom GTX570 was bowing pretty badly after my first two weeks of ownership due to being installed at the bottom PCIe slot with a single screw in my 800D. The backplate straightened that up right away.

Also, if you happen to be the daring kind to work on your rig while it is still turned on, loose screws or pieces of metal falling on the back of your card are less likely to cause a short if you have a backplate on.
     
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