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What is the difference between EVGA, MSI and Nvidia

I have a question regarding the different brands or manufacturers of the Nvidia cards. I am looking to purchase the Geforce GTX 1080 ti Founders Edition card and I am not sure what the differences are between these brands besides the price. I am not a gamer, but do need a high end card for rendering and 3D programs such as Modo, Skethcup, ZBrush and Photoshop. Any recommendations would be very helpful. Here are the options:

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti- FE Founder's Edition

https://www.amazon.com/Nvidia-GEFORCE-GTX-1080-Ti/dp/B06XH5ZCLP/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498757562&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=nvidia+geforce+gtx+1080+ti+fournders+edition

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGM2RLC/ref=psdc_284822_t1_B06XH5ZCLP


EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-FOUNDERS-Support-11G-P4-6390-KR/dp/B06XH2P8DD/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1498759292&sr=1-3&keywords=geforce+gtx+1080ti


Asus Geforce GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition

https://www.amazon.com/GeForce-Founders-DisplayPort-Graphics-GTX1080TI-FE/dp/B06XGDB71J/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1498759292&sr=1-2&keywords=geforce+gtx+1080ti

Thanks!
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  1. The name on the box. All the founders cards are the same card built by nvidia, there is no difference between any of those cards, besides the normal 1080 in there which is a weaker card than the 1080 ti but still very powerful. I cant imagine photshop is going to make good use of a 1080 ti, not sure about those other programs. I would personally wait a while to buy a gpu, prices on everything are WAY up due to the latest bit coin mining craze. 1080 ti prices should be around 700 dollars not 1000+ that's absolutely ridiculous, even $860 is ridiculous for a founders 1080 ti.
  2. Best answer
    Brands like MSI/EVGA/ASUS have solid brand recognition, compared to other players like Zotac, PNY etc.

    Generally speaking, cooling solution will differ between brands, there are higher and lower end offerings (better binned for OCing etc).

    As for FE's specifically; those are the reference cards as nVidias stock spec - sold by their board partners.
    They're identical cards. Regardless of the partner selling them, they'll be the same. 1.48GHz core, 1.58GHz boost 267mm length, 3x DP 1x HDMI.

    You could just buy a FE directly from nVidia for the $699.99 MSRP
    https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-store/
  3. Dunlop0078 said:
    The name on the box. All the founders cards are the same card built by nvidia, there is no difference between any of those cards, besides the normal 1080 in there which is a weaker card than the 1080 ti but still very powerful. I cant imagine photshop is going to make good use of a 1080 ti, not sure about those other programs. I would personally wait a while to buy a gpu, prices on everything are WAY up due to the latest bit coin mining craze. 1080 ti prices should be around 700 dollars not 1000+ that's absolutely ridiculous, even $860 is ridiculous for a founders 1080 ti.
  4. Thanks Dunlop0078, appreciate your feedback!
  5. Barty1884 said:
    Brands like MSI/EVGA/ASUS have solid brand recognition, compared to other players like Zotac, PNY etc.

    Generally speaking, cooling solution will differ between brands, there are higher and lower end offerings (better binned for OCing etc).

    As for FE's specifically; those are the reference cards as nVidias stock spec - sold by their board partners.
    They're identical cards. Regardless of the partner selling them, they'll be the same. 1.48GHz core, 1.58GHz boost 267mm length, 3x DP 1x HDMI.

    You could just buy a FE directly from nVidia for the $699.99 MSRP
    https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-store/

  6. Thanks Barty 1884, appreciate your input and thanks for the link to Nvidia's site.
  7. well seems like no one knows anything about pc parts... But there is a difference... In the pcb, in the capacitors, in the lay out, in the power delivery...

    How uneducated is everyone???? Please do research... google things like hynix, like samsung, like micron... How could 3 different memory companies make the same memory?And why do those "same cards" use different memory suppliers? Hmmm... ????!??!?!

    I'm actually stunned that a more educated person didn't come to point this out on this forum.

    Only FE founder edition cards are the same. Cause they are Nvidia produced. Everything else is custom made by the COMPANY, like evga, or msi. etc.

    Very useless information, saying they are the same. That's actually unacceptable. And misleading.
  8. Yellon, the OP specifically asked between the differences in FE cards.

    The Founders Edition cards are identical cards, at least in theory.

    1. the PCB is Nvidia's reference design, the caps, layout etc are the same.
    2. While the FE *should* ship with Samsung memory, as per the reference design - some 1070 units did ship with Micron memory. That being said, at stock speeds, there's no difference. Overclocking, YMMV between the two, but performance-wise, they're identical.

    The FE cards are not "made" by Nvidia. The cards sold by them (with only Nvidia branding) are made without involvement of the board partners, yes....... but the branded cards (MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte etc) are manufactured BY those vendors, to Nvidia's reference spec.

    As for "everything else" (than the FE card) being made custom by the card vendor.... that's just false.
    Cards do exist with custom PCBs, not disputing that..... but they're typically limited more to the higher 'tiers' of cards.
    There are still plenty vendor cards which slap an aftermarket cooler on a reference PCB (or make very minor alterations to the reference design).

    More prevelant on 1060's and 1070's but, other than FE cards, all these 1080TI's are compatible with the 'standard' waterblock for a 1080TI ie. use either the stock reference board, or with very slight modifications only.

    Nvidia Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5
    ASUS ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition GTX1080TI-FE 11GB GDDR5X (90YV0AP0-U0NA00/90YV0AP0-U0NM00)
    Colorful Colorful GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X
    ELSA ELSA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (GD1080-11GERT)
    EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (11G-P4-6390)
    EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming 11GB GDDR5X (11G-P4-6393)
    Gainward Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti DuraPro 11GB GDDR5X
    Gainward Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (3897)
    Galax Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X (80IUJBMDP9VT)
    Galax Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC 11GB GDDR5X (80IUJBMDP0EC)
    Galax Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (80IUJ3MDXXNM)
    GIGABYTE GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11G 11GB GDDR5X (GV-N108TD5X-B)
    Inno3D Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (N108T-1DDN-Q6MO)
    Inno3D Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11GB GDDR5X (N108T-1SDN-Q6MNX)
    Inno3D Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti iChill X3 11GB GDDR5X (C108T3C-1SDN-Q6MNX)
    Inno3D Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti iChill X4 11GB GDDR5X (C108T4C-1SDN-Q6MNX)
    Inno3D Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Twin X2 11GB GDDR5X (N108T-1SDN-Q6MN)
    Inno3D Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X3 Ultra 11GB GDDR5X (C108T3-1SDN-Q6MNX)
    Inno3D Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X4 Ultra 11GB GDDR5X (C108T4-1SDN-Q6MNX)
    KFA2 KFA² GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower 11GB GDDR5X
    KFA2 KFA² GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC 11GB GDDR5X (80IUJBMDP0EK)
    KFA2 KFA² GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (80IUJ3MDXXNK)
    KUROUTOSHIKOU KUROUTOSHIKOU GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (GF-GTX1080Ti-E11GB/FE)
    Leadtek Leadtek WinFast GTX 1080 Ti GluePan XXL 11GB GDDR5X (LD-WF108TI-GPXXL)
    Manli Manli GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower/Komendar Fan 11GB GDDR5X (M-NGTX1080TI/5RIHPPP)
    Manli Manli GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo 11GB GDDR5X (M-NGTX1080TIG/5RIHPPP-F371G)
    MSI MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G 11GB GDDR5X
    MSI MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G OC 11GB GDDR5X (V360-007R)
    MSI MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (V801-1401R)
    Palit Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (NEB108T019LCF)
    PNY PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (GF108IGTX11EPB)
    PNY PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC 11GB GDDR5X (VCGGTX1080T11XGPB-OC)
    Zotac Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower 11GB GDDR5X (ZT-P10810B-10P)
    Zotac Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR5X (ZT-P10810A-10P)
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