EKWB Launches Active Backplates for Select 3080/3090 GPUs

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards owners have a new tool to keep temperatures in check. EKWB has announced its first actively cooled backplates for these GPUs, which are known to produce significant amounts of heat under heavy load. These backplates are compatible with EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 water blocks made for reference PCB designs.

The backplate completes the GPU cooling solution by directly cooling all of the PCB hotspots, such as the back of the GPU core and VRM. A new fin array with six wide channels provides low flow restriction to achieve lower operating temperatures with improved heat transfer. The CNC machined base is made from nickel-plated electrolytic copper. The top or outer covering is either a glass-like cast acrylic or POM acetal black. The remaining portions of the backplate are manufactured from nickel-plated or anodized aluminum and do not come into contact with the cooling liquid. Connecting terminals are customized to match either acrylic or acetal designs while using high-quality EPDM O-rings.

For those looking for an extra bit of bling, the acrylic model also features a D-RGB LED strip with eight individually addressable RGB LEDs. The acetal black model has no RGB. Both are expected to ship in April 2021. The acrylic model has an MSRP of $149.99, while the acetal model goes for $144.99. Both can be found here.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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