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Can I use 2080ti without the backplate?

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2020/02/18 02:52:11 (permalink)
I'm thinking about upgrading my 4-way "SLI" setup to 20-series (I use it for deep learning).
 
However, the gap between the cards is a concern. 
 
Removing the metal backplate should add a few mm, but I don't know if it's OK to do this with EVGA 2080 TI, or what the gap is with the plates attached.
 
Current setup BTW (built 5 years ago) - 980s + Tesla.
 

 
I use a fan like this for cooling (exactly the same size as the case)
 

 
I haven't decided on the blower vs open-air either, but leaning towards a blower (the devil you know, and all that)
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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/18 05:37:41 (permalink)
    If you could support 4 Hybrids would be more ideal but a fan like that is a great idea. 

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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/18 06:05:24 (permalink)
    Yes you can run the cards just fine without the backplate. It doesn’t really do anything significant to cooling if at all.  Backplates are mostly cosmetic.

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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/20 13:50:40 (permalink)
    I've been wondering.... I know that the backplate isn't doing me any favors for cooling, but is it hurting my cooling? I have the ftw3 hybrid, and the plate doesn't even really feel like metal. It feels more like really hard and ruff plastic. I could be wrong on that, but even still I'm a little worried if the plate is actually insulating some of the heat that would naturally be blown off the pcb by the case fans.


    The way that this particular backplate is designed, it isn't offering any sort of real protection anyways, because of all the aesthetic holes. If I took the plate off, would the shroud screws be safe to use, or would they then be too long due to the lose of the plate's thickness?

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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/20 16:04:59 (permalink)
    Better off removing the shroud for cooling I would have thought

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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/20 18:34:02 (permalink)
    I'm a big fan of that big fan.
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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/20 19:13:21 (permalink)
    Jiberish001
    I've been wondering.... I know that the backplate isn't doing me any favors for cooling, but is it hurting my cooling?

    Only way to find out is to try.  It really depends on your system and airflow and everything.  Typically the backplate helps temperatures a little, hurts temperatures a little, or doesn't really do anything measurable either way.  Either way, it is probably negligible in the grand scheme of things.
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    Re: Can I use 2080ti without the backplate? 2020/02/26 16:56:57 (permalink)
    I don't know if the OP was able to test this or not, but on my ftw3 hybrid I ultimately decided against taking the backplate off because it was REALLY stuck well on there with multiple pads. With that much padding it must be doing some good, and I was worried about damaging the components because of how hard I had to pull just to start praying it off.

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