NVIDIA, this is NOT ok! - EKWB Active Backplates 

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Many members of the PC community have started to notice a glaring issue with their RTX 3080 and 3090 series cards - excessive vRAM temperatures. Fortunately, the boys over at EKWB have cooked up an interesting solution to the problem with their own actively watercooled backplate. Let's see if it fixes NVIDIA's mistake!
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Ashley Williams
I have an ASUS 3070 EKWB edition. I'm like do I have a problem? Nice to know that 1 this problem exists, 2 should have effected me in the first place, and 3 even if it was by having a preinstalled EKWB I should be covered. I should check out the temps though. I've only looked at the task manager reported temp for the GPU which is between 40-43 under load which I think is very impressive!
Ziguliuks 3 days ago
Would it benefit if I change thermal pads only on one side ? A little scared to completely disassembly it.
Nathan Hluza
Nathan Hluza 5 days ago
Linus u made EKquantum take this off the store i cant get liquid cooling anywhere for my Alien wear 3090, thank Jerk ;)
Nakatomi Uk
Nakatomi Uk 5 days ago
Heat spreading to the ram your looking at a higher VRAM failure surly If I could afford both plates and had a 3090 I still would do this cooling I'd rather feel better knowing it's cutting down heat by half knowing it's giving it longer life
Jason 6 days ago
No idea what these RTX cards are. Rare species
zeroibis 7 days ago
My 280 with ek active back plate is back in style.
Rush Creative
Rush Creative 8 days ago
An excuse for linus to mine with his GPUs
WEIMIAO NIU 8 days ago
Phillip White
Phillip White 9 days ago
I just want to know where to get anything in the RTX 3 series :P
AbsoluteSpeed 10 days ago
You need to mention this backplate is only compatible with Zotac cards
Taha YT614
Taha YT614 10 days ago
your sponsor are so dead now change it up man like tunnel bear 😂
Firstname Lastname
Firstname Lastname 10 days ago
Watch out AMD, NVIDIA coming for your crown in the heater business.
EpicKaiserTom 11 days ago
Even if the max operating temp is technically higher than what it maintains temperature at, that's not exactly good. Silicon gets worn down more and more quickly with each degree. A 10 degree difference in temps can mean a significant increase (or decrease) in operating lifetime by as much as 20-30%. And considering how small and fragile transistors are getting, it's only going to become a larger issue. 1 atom out of 500 knocked out of place is less of an issue for a transistor than 1 out of 50, or less. And heat almost primarily dictates how often that happens.
Lukasz 11 days ago
Will that backplate work with 3090 strix gaming?
ThexWITCHxMaster 11 days ago
So basically this is for miners not someone like me who hasn't seen major issues with heat on my 3090.
Gospod Nadskof
Gospod Nadskof 12 days ago
100.C for IC si completly normal. You ppl just dont know much about electronics and think that optimal temperature for IC is 21.C.
Ry Ry
Ry Ry 12 days ago
Great another computer you can't buy because its out of stock
Nyxi 12 days ago
Linus finally looks like a chad and not a virgin, bravo! Loving the beard.
Tathar 12 days ago
When are we going to get GPUs with first-party water cooling?
staringinward 13 days ago
Linus, Will you please let me work for you? Please.
basspig 13 days ago
Linus uses a 60,000 dollar flir camera to photograph a 1500 dollar gpu.
basspig 13 days ago
If you can't buy one, it the problem even relevant?
Aaden Delmar
Aaden Delmar 13 days ago
Can you build me a free pc and send it to me
Mat 8 days ago
yeah sure whats your adress
PARVA PARIKH 13 days ago
Seeing this on my gtx 1060 max-q and going "hmmmmm...this is interesting"
Royal Blues
Royal Blues 14 days ago
5:38 Every time I see somebody installing water cooling it makes my heart skip a beat. There’s gotta be a safer way to add water to the reservoir.
Sašo Muc
Sašo Muc 14 days ago
Bottle Linus tech spit... Reading bottle upside down is unfortunate.
Bumbabie Bee
Bumbabie Bee 14 days ago
Benjamin M
Benjamin M 14 days ago
At the risk of sounding pedantic, the temperatures were not "half". That isn't how the Celsius temperature scale works. You would have to use an absolute scale like Kelvin to determine the true relativity of the temperatures. In the case of 102°C vs 64°C, that would be 375K vs 337K, which is ~90%, not 63% (which you rounded to "half").
Ryan Freeman
Ryan Freeman 14 days ago
I know everyone here probably doesn't like crpytominers, but I don't like the idea of mining locks on GPUs. The company should not be telling me how to use a product I pay for. Its not even them saying you cant mine, its them making it so the product CANNOT be used in that way. After I pay for it, I should be able to use it any damn way I please.
relaxxxrrr 14 days ago
In 2005 the Xbox 360 launched with EDRAM "rated" for 105C... ... ... And the consoles ended up with over 80% failure rate.
Cristian Vargas
Cristian Vargas 14 days ago
Ekwb stuff is amazing. My 3090 has no heating issues in gaming while massively overclocked. Mining is reliable under 85c memory junction temps.
ZMacZ Furreh
ZMacZ Furreh 14 days ago
I just had to. 8:23 - clicks "Next video" LOL.
Karaf 14 days ago
I'm a siple man, I see etherium I press dislike.
Matthew Lupica
Matthew Lupica 15 days ago
LINUS what are you using to see/record those temps. i have the zotac 3090 with an ek waterblock and it gets up to about 65 degC while gaming but i cant see all those specific temps on the card with the monitoring software that i use.
First Name Last Name
After not watching ltt for like a week, I've realized how smug and annoying this guy can actually be. Man this channel has gotten bad :/
Panos 15 days ago
Linus, you are working too much with the same category: gaming hardware. This is the pinetree of US-first diversity.
Yummer 15 days ago
Late LTT videos are being auto aspect ratio by youtube resulting in huge side black bars
Rumple Stilskin
Rumple Stilskin 15 days ago
Miners - Here's how to get highest hashrate: In MSI Afterburner, press CTRL-F, shift-click and drag now select everything except 750mv. drag the selection of everything except 750 down. Click Apply. Setup a custom fan curve to make fans run at 80% over 52 degrees and 100% at 56 degrees. Now crank up your RAM to max. click apply. Now get the hacked copy of Nvidia Profile inspector and in section 5 turn off forced P2 state. Now in Nvidia driver, choose Max Performance in the Power Management Mode section.
Jeffmorgan83 15 days ago
I touched the backplate on my Strix 3090 and damned near burnt my hand!
Jeremy Highhouse
Jeremy Highhouse 15 days ago
I ordered 3 active backplates and they all came warped. They also didn't include 8mm screws as the manual says it should. I had to get 12mm screws to make it work. EKs quality has really gone down.
Pangtundure 15 days ago
It's Rewind time
Khaens 15 days ago
Graphics card power consumption:350W Linus:TDP Linus cmon this us just petty at this point
REVIEWS 15 days ago
Hi Linus Tech Tips,You don't have the cojones to have a beard. Get used to it. You will do better without the dead squirrel on your face. :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Steven Musselwhite
Steven Musselwhite 15 days ago
Got a reference 3090 here (Galax) and the VRAM hit 110C and ramped the fans to 100% when i tried mining Threw on the EK front and active back and now its 72C... nvidia dropped the ball on VRAM cooling
Vince W
Vince W 15 days ago
Crypto mining; converting energy into heat, and creating E-waste great job world.....
CaliGirlBailey 15 days ago
OK, can someone clear something up for me? I'm building my first computer and using water. I have the Aorus Xtreme Waterforce WB 3090. Based on this video, because it's already water cooled, I should be ok? Or is an active backplate still something I should consider if it's even available for this card?
Brydandon 15 days ago
Thank you for this Linus. Rather people like it or not, mining algorithms are the best way to maximize a stress test on a GPU, and maybe even CPU. Some of these mining algorithms should be staple benchmarks to max test cores, and memory to its limit. So that we know how far not to take it. GDDR6X is new. So I appreciate you for testing it on everything, that way I know that I have a battle tested GPU when spending 1k+ on a GPU.. This is valuable information. Some of us just aren't soley gamers, some of us are gamers+digital artist/data scientists/etc.
Deef Purple
Deef Purple 16 days ago
The Problem is in a lot of cases that the Thermalpads dont have enough thermal conductivity. After I changed the pads on the backplate my card runs fine. But the backplate is very hot as it gets.
Homo sapiens invictus
That’s 212 degrees Amerenheit!
somethingbrite 16 days ago
Sadly EK only make this active back block for a couple of cards. However....MP5Works do an add on cooling block that straps to the back of a regular backplate and works pretty well.
Olaf Willocx
Olaf Willocx 16 days ago
Micron GDDR6X chips are rated up to 105C. Literally a non-issue. Yes, the 3090 is at the absolute edge, that's the whole point. This is definitely ok NVIDIA.
Toni Schumacher
Toni Schumacher 16 days ago
Linus pls don't give advice to cryptominers. I hope their GPUs overheat and burn. They ruin the planet and they ruin gaming lmao
Mat 8 days ago
im sorry what
wardope 16 days ago
Mining lock. Pfff mining is too lucrative right now, there is no way Nvidia will be able to make some sort of Mining lock that won't be circumvented it no time. Also if you are mining on the RTX 3090 you are either stupid or desprate. because you can get 3-4 RTX 3060 for the same price as a single RTX 3090 and those 3-4 cards will give you way more Hashing power than a single Rtx 3090 will. the powerdraw will be a little more but still ROI able in no time!
OnitGamingK 16 days ago
I'll have to wait for barrows to copy it, EK isn't planning on doing any waterblock for Gigabyte cards and with my waterblock my ram is still going up to 80 degrees.
Winter Arkwright
Winter Arkwright 16 days ago
Linus: You probably don't need this solution. Me: Yes, but consider, I WANT it.
Tudor 16 days ago
Sad Linus at the end, did you see it?
Ankith Gunupudi
Ankith Gunupudi 16 days ago
is i7-10870h is a good processor...........?
abc cbc
abc cbc 16 days ago
I am curious how this would perform with some of the other solutions on the market like the optimus water cooling thick backplate with its 3mm thick fujipoly that covers the whole backside of the pcb (transfers heat off it fast) I don’t have the equipment to test it but i do have the optimus block that can be lent out. I am expecting stuff in to finish my permanent build soon. Been waiting on some brand watercooling products that have only been available to purchase recently.
Giovanni P.
Giovanni P. 16 days ago
What is the potential of developing AI on an Nvidia GPU to detect if someone is mining or gaming or watching videos or whatever to determine what to throttle or reduce power consumption to? Of course this will only be meta data collection on what you are doing but it is for the greater good... us-first.info/player/video/a9ptqZuRiYOUiKc.html
JayMcnay 16 days ago
pc case doubles as an airfryer
Karate Is a Language
someone needs to do a 'will it blend?' video for a 3090
bsharpmajorscale 16 days ago
You know it's bad when your Celsius temps start sounding hot to a Fahrenheit boy.
Brian Berthold
Brian Berthold 17 days ago
and if your dumb enough to by a 30 anything you should get taxed more
Baron Clime
Baron Clime 17 days ago
Linus, shave. You don't have the cojones to have a beard. Get used to it. You will do better without the dead squirrel on your face.
squoshi 16 days ago
My exact thoughts. He looks like the guy in the white van asking kids if they want candy.
Swim Fan
Swim Fan 17 days ago
Prius and Tesla owners- Save the world! then buy a 3080/90
MaverickBlue 17 days ago
"You can't circumvent this message from our sponsor"..... _hits spacebar and stops video_ Not today Satan, I'll circumvent everything you throw at me.....altho now I'm _almost_ interested to know who the sponsor was....almost.......
Braxtyn Billey
Braxtyn Billey 17 days ago
linus hair kinda looking like jimmy neutron in this video
Micah Lingle
Micah Lingle 17 days ago
Thanks will smith
Nathan Gamble
Nathan Gamble 17 days ago
I've been thinking recently that a graphics card manufacturer should make a design with a proper heatsink on the back rather than just a backplate - the back of my RX 480 gets pretty warm, and I can get the fan to run a lot quieter when I put my hand on it and absorb some of the heat. How about a triple-slot card that goes two slots down and one slot up? It might be a good way to fit a better GPU cooler into a smaller case.
George Penguin
George Penguin 17 days ago
I think nvidia make their tests outdoor to Alaska.
You are actually handing out optimizing tips to miners? :( You should instruct them to plastic-dip their cards instead.
Springy Boi
Springy Boi 17 days ago
Tbf knowing EK quality (or more - lack of thereof) I'd rather wait for Bykski or Bitspower.
Peter Warasila
Peter Warasila 17 days ago
Mining block is such a stupid idea. Just gonna make life more difficult for everyone
TiagoTiago 17 days ago
I wonder if maybe they did this to try to affect the mining potential of the gamer cards...
ThePonycat 17 days ago
I should get something like this for my 1060 gets crazy hot🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Marek Čelko
Marek Čelko 17 days ago
Hi Linus, we found a way to monetize your kids. Linus- *gets excited*
Cryptonitor 17 days ago
not ok.. Tooo hot. People dont like being in 100 degree enviroment. AC costs tons of energy to run. These designs makes the humans consume alot more energy than necessary
White Supreme
White Supreme 17 days ago
I can't visit my friends or family right now but I can go to Applebee's and spend my money and sit with them at the same table while sharing a plate of food. Fuck consumerism. Why the fuck should I contribute to the wealth of others when I can't even see my family?
duaplex1 17 days ago
No active backplate for the Strix :(
SaimonSSL 17 days ago
Thanks Linus now I can mine more efficiently. Thanks to you I am going now to put my bots in full throttle and buy all the RTX 3090 TI and 3080 TI as soon as they become available.
Antnee 17 days ago
For the love of god, stop talking about mining in your videos! F*ck miners
Filip laskovski
Filip laskovski 17 days ago
The 3080 series gaming x trio’s has thermal pads on the graphene backplate even tho it doesn’t have modules on the back and it helps keep the whole card cool, still what helped me was adding little heatsinks on the backplate.. I dropped 8c off my mem temps
Urbex Kaoclan
Urbex Kaoclan 17 days ago
Hate cryptomining cant wait longer en did buy a gtx1080 ti hall of fame Is that any good together i9 10900k? No please help me to get a rtx3080 please linus iam living in tbe netherlands Please linus help me
19_Naman_1A7 17 days ago
Bob Corn
Bob Corn 17 days ago
The time and money they are spending on that mining lock could have been used to design or rework a card to be the perfect budget gpu. :(
Dynamic Unreality
Dynamic Unreality 17 days ago
Re: The "crypto mining lock" on upcoming cards - LOL Im totally sure that will work.
OCPyrit 17 days ago
Which case is this? It looks nice.
poinguan 17 days ago
Proper backside heatsink should be mandatory on all modern graphics card. Not just a dump flat piece of metal.
57thorns 17 days ago
So, when are we going to be able to buy graphics cards for gaming? When is the mining operations going to stop?
First Last
First Last 17 days ago
Damn it, I fell for a Linus ad. Kids will enjoy it at least.
EternalRogue 17 days ago
Stop selling out to the crypto miners man, they are the reason the market is shit to begin with and the reason you can't buy a $300 card for under $800. And even worse, don't try to pass along BS about locks to keep crypto miners away. You literally just made a video for them. Why try to add in something claiming Nvidia is going to lock them out of a card after Nvidia offered the way to unlock their cards for the purpose of mining.
thetomoffel 17 days ago
Sorry the first video I downvote, but can't stand this mining stuff..
raidmax21 17 days ago
Lol I remember LTT's last video on back plates, saying they were useless. LTT completely misunderstood their use. In the other video he benchmarked and tested the GPU core temps, which of cause would not show an improvement... Back plates have always been for cooling the rear Vram and its always been simple to prove the effectiveness. Simply OC the Vram with and without the plate and you'll see you're able to push the memory OC far more with the back plate.
Reebz0r 17 days ago
A cooling solution for miners... how ironic.
Bo Zo
Bo Zo 17 days ago
Now that’s hot (insert Will Smith)
Oliver Morton
Oliver Morton 17 days ago
could i get a 3080?
squoshi 16 days ago
3,080 slaps on the face.
Mick Wolf
Mick Wolf 17 days ago
I use an older Intel stock cooler with thermal paste on the backplate of my 3090 turbo directly opposite the Gpu die, it drops about 10°C. Much cheaper
bradster2214 17 days ago
"you can't circumvent this message from our sponsor" i beg to differ. *skips forward 30 seconds*
J.J. Brown
J.J. Brown 17 days ago
"speaking of circumvention, you can't circumvent this message from our sponsor tha-" *pauses video*.. "wana bet?" *goes and plays minecraft*
Not to worry lads, if you can't get a 3080/90 then you don't have to worry about this problem!