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Different assemblers of the same graphics cards

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June 26, 2007 9:10:15 AM

I was wondering if there was any major differences between the different assemblers of the same model graphics cards? If so are the ones with faster core speeds (for example) better or worth the extra money or would you be able to overclock it on your own to reach the same speeds? Do the different heat sinks allow them to overclock the cards, is that how they get the higher core and memory speeds? I have notices that the "core speeds" and "memory speeds" are different from assembler to assembler.
June 26, 2007 10:37:09 AM

generally there is a refrence model released by the chip maker and they have a ballpark of clockspeeds and memory to use, then the printers basically go through and make the entire card using the ballparks and the chips provided, they choose their own memory, caps, resistors, cooling ect.
June 26, 2007 11:06:30 AM

Nvidia's new cards have no physical difference from various manufacturers except for maybe a different cooler.

When I removed the fan shroud on my 8800gtx I found an Asus specific sticker over top of a generic Nvidia sticker. The only Asus specific features of this card were the sticker, the bundle and packaging. When I bought my card the store had 3 different brands of gtx in stock and I bought the least expensive.
I say by from a reputable brand at a good price with a good warranty.
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June 26, 2007 11:32:24 AM

there has been a little bit of variance in the overclockability of some manf's cards, personally I think it's worth paying the extra $10-20 for a factory OC GTX, particularly as they are only 1-2% slower than an Ultra for a lot less money
a c 130 U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
June 26, 2007 7:54:23 PM

Rammedstein has covered it really well all i have to add is that yes the coolers do make a difference to how high you can overclock. thats not to say its limitless there is a physical limit to how high it will go but temp is a big killer of gpu`s so if you make it do more work it makes sence to put a bigger/better cooler to keep it at a good temp.
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June 26, 2007 8:07:57 PM

One important difference between the companies is the warranty. Depending on where you live there could a big difference in coverage from company to company.


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a c 130 U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
June 26, 2007 8:12:08 PM

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One important difference between the companies is the warranty. Depending on where you live there could a big difference in coverage from company to company.


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Thats true enough but from what i have heard the depending where you live bit comes down to if you live in north america you get a double warranty and if you dont you dont.
Anyone know why is it as simple as thats where the factory is.
June 27, 2007 7:29:26 AM

thanks for all the replys
July 7, 2007 5:15:04 PM

Well not every manufacturer stays stock for example evga has replaced the plastic cover from the 8800gtx with a costom made aluminium one.
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