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Basically the question above, I am trying to choose between :
MSI :
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-m...-dvi-mhdmi-mdp

and XFX :
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-x...dvi-i-dvi-hdmi

Both of these are on scan, and theres a bit of a price difference but not much. I'm just wondering if there is any difference between the two, mainly build quality, will one fall apart or something?
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since they are both reference just get the cheaper one, they are both reference cards so there is no advantage aside from warranties.

Edit: Although with XFX's shenanigans that card might be a cheaped out non-reference board.
    
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Originally Posted by Kratthew D. Kraids View Post
Edit: Although with XFX's shenanigans that card might be a cheaped out non-reference board.
^^ This!

Go MSI.
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By reference what do you mean? I'm sure its a newbie question but i'm relatively new to buying good cards as I haven't had any need for them up until recently.
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AMD spec PCB's, after the Reference cards are made graphics card makers will make their own little tweaks to the board. Whether good or bad, XFX has been known to cheap out on theirs while MSI does great things with theirs. The cards in those links are reference looking cards.
    
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I have the MSI card and have no issues with it, great card.
    
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post #7 of 21
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Right so the cheaper card is actually more likely to be the better card? Thats a better answer than I was expecting
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here's a picture comparing the reference and non-reference boards.
    
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defo get the MSI card. xfx has been know to use cheap parts on their gpus.
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Hmm the first card which I assume is the non-reference looks a little messy or something, or have I got that wrong lol
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