Hi I just finished reading the Marathon $2000 Sept. build. I was wondering what the community thought about EVGA GeForce GTX 480 SuperClocked+ w/ High Flow Bracket and Backplate compared to the Msi GTX 480 that is listed in the article.
The price difference is ~$20, the evga has 26Mhz faster gpu, the memory clock speed is about 100MHz faster. But what I've been trying to find out is that EVGA is supposely a true openGL 4.0 while everything else is 3.2 including the MSI listed. Is this true and is this a big difference since the 4xx series was suppose to be 4.0? Also is worth the extra $20?
MSI Globals site for the 480 card
EVGA site for the 480 card. The openGL is listed under features page.
I'm pretty sure the eVGA is also openGL 3.2 unless you can direct me to an article stating otherwise.
When buying a graphics card, I always go for the cheapest one since a factory overclock isn't a big deal to me as I can overclock it myself. However, I'm a fan of eVGA and their warranty offers. So, if you're going to drop a bunch of cash on the card anyway, I'd go with the eVGA superclock just because eVGA has a great warranty and great customer service. And from what I've heard, MSI's customer service is pretty bad.
EDIT: Figured it out. All new gen cards support opengl 4.0.
For twenty bucks, why not? But the gains from the high flow stuff is minimal - just look it up - people have tested it and it doesn't help out that much - the speed rating difference... also fairly neglegable
Whats most important is evgas sick warranty
Also the drivers will determine what version of opengl will be accelerated - some cards may be packaged with drivers that were older or something...
Thanks for the replies. I know its rather trival but it just a discrepancy that I have notice in doing my research. Also thank you for califying that it is a driver issue not an hardware issue like DirectX11 compare to older versions.