Make a GPU backplate
Antony Leather shows you how to make a custom backplate for your graphics card
Antony Leather shows you how to create and paint your own custom graphics card backplate.
TOTAL PROJECT TIME / 3 HOURS
Many premium graphics cards have backplates on the rear of the PCB on the opposite side to the cooler. They can serve several purposes, including cooling and protecting the PCB. Another factor, of course, is that they also look a lot better than the usual mass of resistors and knobbly bits on the rear of a PCB.
Some graphics cards don’t include them, though, and if you watercool your graphics card, you’ll likely need to remove the stock backplate too, as waterblocks often use different screws. It’s quite easy to create your own custom backplate, though, and we’d like to thank CPC reader Murdoch McCrum for suggesting this guide in our letters section last month. We’ll be showing you how to use coloured acrylic, along with spray paint and even a vinyl cutter, to create a custom backplate with your own design. We’ll also show you how to safely mount it to the rear of your graphics card.