So I got my EVGA GTX 295 Plus cards today from Micro Center for $479 each. The backplates also arrived from EVGA in the mail, and I thought I'd give you guys the rundown on what kind of temperature differences you can expect with and without the backplate installed.
Without further adue, pics:
Hmm, wonder what's in the sunlit bag.
Here are some shots you don't normally see. For those who don't own an EVGA GTX 295, the shell is made out of hard rubber:
Inside of the heatsink:
As you can tell, the aluminum really is only 1mm thin as mentioned in the specs:
And now for the grand finale:
Idle Temperature WITHOUT backplate (stock speed) - 48/51C
Idle Temperature WITH backplate (stock speed) - 49/51C
Load Temperature WITHOUT backplate (stock speed) - 91/93C
Load Temperature WITH backplate (stock speed) - 70/63C
Without backplate - 48/51C
With backplate - 49/51C
Without backplate - 91/93C
With backplate - 70/63C
add to the fact that my Thermalright TRUE Copper is idling my Core i7 965 Extreme at 23C and this is a dream come true!
The EVGA GTX 295 backplate is an additional accessory that can be purchased for $20 from EVGA's site. It is not required, nor is it needed for the card to operate properly according to Nvidia specifications. It does, however, serve as a nice aesthetic accessory and can significantly bring down load temperatures.
i had an EVGA 9800gtx+ COD waw idled at 57-58 @ 75% fan speed.
Now i have a SLI 9800gtx+ (BFG) CODwaw idle at 50c @ 50% fans speed ...
the BFG's seems to lock the FPS @ 60fps so they dont work to much for no reason. ALL games i play are stuck @ 60fps. Only 3dmark runs FULL.