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What do you guys think about the high flow bracket and back plate? Do they help at all with temps?

Thinking of getting them for my 580 since they go up to 90c during gaming. This is on a hot day though, about 25c. Idle is at about 40c.

Just thinking it's pretty warm since I came from a 560 that did about 55c during gaming.
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I believe the general consensus is that backplates are primarily for looks but can possibly lower your temp by a degree or two but a high flow bracket should see slightly better improvement in a fully rear exhausting card like a reference 580 (maybe 2-5C drop in load temp) but still not a drastic improvement. If you are really looking to drop the GPU temperatures your best beet would be something like this Arctic cooling AXP with this VRM and mounting kit specific to the 580 assuming you have a reference one.
Edited by juano - 4/1/11 at 6:39pm
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On air you can get 2-3 with the high flow brackets, Plus 5-8 with a rotated motherboard tray like the Silverstone RV02, and the Accelero Xtreme Plus cooler will keep your 580 at about 57C loaded. Whats the math on that? lol

Or you can go to water cooling.
    
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Originally Posted by AllLeafs View Post
On air you can get 2-3 with the high flow brackets, Plus 5-8 with a rotated motherboard tray like the Silverstone RV02, and the Accelero Xtreme Plus cooler will keep your 580 at about 57C loaded. Whats the math on that? lol

Or you can go to water cooling.
Well the high flow bracket won't stack with the AXP because the gain from high flow brackets only really applies to coolers that exhaust all or atleast a great majority of their air out of said bracket. The AXP exhausts into the case, that said the AXP does include a "high flow bracket" for the third slot it takes up if you want to look at it that way.
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I believe the general consensus is that backplates are primarily for looks but can possibly lower your temp by a degree or two but a high flow bracket should see slightly better improvement in a fully rear exhausting card like a reference580 (maybe 2-5C drop in load temp) but still not a drastic improvement. If you are really looking to drop the GPU temperatures your best beet would be something like this Arctic cooling AXP with this VRM and mounting kit specific to the 580 assuming you have a reference one.
Yeah, I have the reference 580.

That's an expensive cooler. . . lol

I wonder if putting a 120mm/140mm fan in front of it would help a little lol
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Yea I'm sure an additional fan would help some. The AXP is expensive, but it's also a good value based on the performance it gives. If its not for you then it's not for you but I just didn't want you to go spending $30 on a high flow bracket and backplate to only get 3-4 degree improvement. Compare that to the $60 spent on the AXP for like what a 25-30 degree improvement and huge noise reduction as well and it doesn't look all that expensive.
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Very true! Do you know how hard/easy the AXP is to install?

This is the airflow in my case right now. . . Need to replace the front with some better 140mm fans. I also wanted to add another fan directly in front if the 580 and see how that helps


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No I don't have any personal experience with it, just reviews I've read and stuff like that but I haven't seen any mention of it being particularly difficult to install. From what I have seen I would imagine that it is no more difficult to install than any other 3rd party GPU cooling solution and I would think that if you are comfortable with things like removing the stock cooler and changing TIM then you wouldn't have any problem installing the AXP. There is a user manual available for download here on the product page for the AXP under the support tab, so you might consider reading through that and seeing if it seems daunting to you.

I like the look of your rig BTW it looks pretty clean. It looks like there is nothing impeding the airflow of that top 140mm to the GPU. If that's true and there's nothing in the way like more drive bays that I can't see then I would suggest just replacing the 140mm for a better one like you mentioned if you feel the need and not adding a fan directly in front of the 580 because it should already be getting good unimpeded airflow from that 140mm and another fan seems unnecessary to me. Also it probably won't make any difference at all but if it were me I would route the GPU power cables above the card rather than below it so there is nothing at all in between the front 140mm intake and the GPU's intake. But only if it doesn't affect the cleanliness of your wire hiding/routing because like I said it probably won't make any difference at all, even less than a backplate would LOL.
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Thanks! I'm big on cable management, so my rigs always look clean lol. I thought about putting the wires above the card, but I'm lazy lol and I'd probably how to reroute them in the back.
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