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post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by IcyPimpHand View Post
If the bottom of the card(PCI-E slot) has Nivida or AMD on it, then it is a reference PCB.
Yeah, I've read (somewhere - so who knows if it's true) that manufacturers are now stamping the PCBs even if non-reference.

Not sure if that's the truth.

The EVGA card looks to be reference and I vaguely remember seeing someone attach a full cover block to it in a video, but I cannot recall exactly. That's why I asked here xD
    
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Originally Posted by blackbalt89 View Post
The card I received from EVGA after step up didn't have any marking near the PCI-e connector. Lol.

It's a mystery card. It also eats volts for breakfast.
It doesn't matter if it's ref or non ref because EVGA are awesome...

NO fanboy
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It doesn't matter if it's ref or non ref because EVGA are awesome...

NO fanboy
Yeah I'm kinda an EVGA fan boy too, lol.

It's just that I bought one of their products a few years back and it worked fine. Since then, I've always gone EVGA if I had the choice. Plus, I like their warranty and step up program.
    
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Yep, notice the nVidia logo above the PCI-E connector?

That's a sign of it being reference.
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post #15 of 25
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unless there are 2 reference PCB's (completely possible), the 570 HD is not reference.

It is shorter, and the power connectors are on the other side
As I understand it there is a reference design from Nvidia for a 570HD. There are also other cards that use the outputs from the 570 HD reference design while still using custom for the rest of the PCB, like my ASUS 570 shows up in various programs as a 570 HD because of it's outputs (2 DVI-D and full size HDMI and DisplayPort).
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post #16 of 25
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Just got the card in the mail from newegg. Block is coming tomorrow.

I will note that it says: "EVGA" above the PCI-e connector. However, Newegg's photo shows "NVIDIA." So, I guess I'll find out tomorrow. But, I couldn't believe that EVGA's standard card wouldn't be reference...would it?
    
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post #17 of 25
That's a reference card you shouldn't have any problems.
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Strange, did you get the 3GB version?
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post #19 of 25
lol it says so right in the product description

"EVGA announced their lineup of GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards consisting of three versions: NVIDIA reference clock speed version, Superclocked variant and the single-slot FTW Hydro Copper 2 edition. The EVGA GeForce GTX 580 015-P3-1580-AR (reference) is based on a new 40 nm GF110 core with 512 CUDA cores, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory over a 384-bit memory interface, and supports all the premium GTX gaming technologies such as NVIDIA Surround, 3D Vision, PhysX and SLI"
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post #20 of 25
My 570 says nVidia above the connector so I don't know why yours would be any different.
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