Here is a picture of the heatsink. The heat sink is not smooth so without a thermal interface between the pcb plate and the heat sink the thermal transfer would be minimal at best. They even put a sticker on the heatsink near the vrm. The heatsink is designed to cool the GPU only in this case.
The original plastic window can still be screwed on to the shroud from the exterior instead of the interior. the screw holes are bi directional.
I haven't tried it since im on my way to work, but it minimize escaping air as the air will follow the path of least resistance.