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Will the Asus ROG Armor block heat dissipating from bottom of Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X ?

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Last response: in Motherboards
January 5, 2014 6:16:40 AM

I have Maximus VI Formula which has ROG Armor covering most of the surface and Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X on order.

I noticed the bottom of the card might be sitting flush on the plastic armor.

Will the ROG Armor block the hot air dissipating from the bottom of the Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X VGA card ?

p.s. I read online that the armor is removable and not that effective anyway, although I'd prefer not to since I'd have to remove everything from the Motherboard (water block, cables etc).

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January 5, 2014 9:40:40 AM

I have the Sabertooth board, which also has plastic armor similar to the ROG armor from what I've seen. While some people say that it "traps heat", at this point I havent really noticed any abnormally high temperatures for either my cpu with 212 evo cooler or gigabyte gtx 760 gpu. Personally I liked it as a first time builder it allowed me to worry less about accidentally hitting something and snapping it off or dropping something

So you will probably be fine.

*I haven't yet overclocked any of my hardware, so it might be more of an issue at higher settings, but even then I haven't seen much concrete evidence that it makes a large difference. If you find that your temperatures are abnormally high from what you expect then you can, as you've read, remove the armor, it's just a hassle.

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a b V Motherboard
January 9, 2014 9:55:01 PM

The armors purpose is to mostly help prevent dust from accumulating on components. More than anything though it just looks nice, I love the one on my Maximus Formula VI and I love the metal back plate which helps give the board a much more rigid and stable that others don't have. When I was plugging in the 24pin or other power parts I didn't get the bend I do on normal motherboards.

As for causing heat to build up, I doubt it. Mainly because Asus tests their boards for these kinds of thing and wouldn't release them if this occurred as they would have too many RMAs on their hands.