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August 11, 2008 9:07:42 PM

should I get?
The two 9600GT cards that I'm torn on which to get are:
PNY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm leaning on getting the ECS one. Since, I'm a graphics card noob. Should I get the cheaper one, because it's the exact same one as the PNY? Both are just as durable and powerful right? It doesn't matter how their boards look like? Please help.

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August 11, 2008 9:23:20 PM

Both are probably reference cards and therefore the same. You should check for things such as custom cooling and software bundles too.
August 11, 2008 10:39:49 PM

So, you mean to say that both are exactly the same. Same durability and same performance, but different fans right? Plus different stuff that come with the card in the box? Those are the only things that are different?
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August 11, 2008 10:49:57 PM

LarukuRock said:
So, you mean to say that both are exactly the same. Same durability and same performance, but different fans right? Plus different stuff that come with the card in the box? Those are the only things that are different?

They paste on different labels. That's it. :p 

Consider this model instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 11, 2008 11:03:38 PM

I recommend that MSI one. It's what I have and it runs very cool and quiet.
August 11, 2008 11:05:12 PM

So the advantage of the MSI is that it has a bigger fan?
August 11, 2008 11:09:28 PM

LarukuRock said:
So the advantage of the MSI is that it has a bigger fan?

Mostly the heavier heatsink. It's also factory overclocked. Although if you plan to overclock it yourself anyway, it really doesn't matter.
August 11, 2008 11:12:54 PM

LarukuRock said:
So the advantage of the MSI is that it has a bigger fan?


The advantage of the MSI card's dual slot fan is that it blows all the hot air outside of the case. The reference 9600gt fan just blows the hot air back into the case. I own this chaintech 9600gt: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It overclocks quite nicely in my experience (762/1904/1134). I'd imagine all the brands can overclock this much though.
August 11, 2008 11:20:16 PM

chowmanga said:
The advantage of the MSI card's dual slot fan is that it blows all the hot air outside of the case. The reference 9600gt fan just blows the hot air back into the case. I own this chaintech 9600gt: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It overclocks quite nicely in my experience (762/1904/1134). I'd imagine all the brands can overclock this much though.

That's not true. It only blows some of the air outside the case. The rest goes to the other side and vents into the case. It's not the same as stock dual slot coolers. Still better than single slot coolers that blow everything into the case though.
August 11, 2008 11:30:37 PM

Certain manufactures have better customer support then others. EVGA is supposed to be good to their clients or so I've heard. The MSI is good to.
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