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I see pictures of peoples builds that have video cards that look like they are straight from AMD/ATI that just have ATI Radeon on them. Does this make sense and where are people getting these cards? I only ask because they look so much sleeker than most other companies productions of the cards. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10
ref cards. some Demos. some of people have to send them back.
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I see pictures of peoples builds that have video cards that look like they are straight from AMD/ATI that just have ATI Radeon on them. Does this make sense and where are people getting these cards? I only ask because they look so much sleeker than most other companies productions of the cards. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Just a tidbit of information, but ATI/AMD don't actually make their own cards. Last time I checked, they were using Sapphire. I don't know if they even directly market cards anymore, but they used to. Are you seeing newer cards or are you commenting on older models? If it's the latter, ATI used to sell cards made by Sapphire with ATI's name stamped on them.
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post #4 of 10
These are just reference cards. Most brands on Newegg nowadays sell these reference cards based on AMD's design, and they just smack a sticker on to the cooler to make it look like it's OEM. Here's an example of a reference card, just rip the stickers off and it'll look like a straight from the AMD factory card.
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post #5 of 10
I agree about the whole sleek thing, visiontek and diamond do the same thing as ATi except instead of ATi on the fan it says their companys name, same color scheme though.
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post #6 of 10
Most reference cards are relabeled with brand stickers. I have some cards that if you pull back the label on the fan, you'll see the OEM ATI label underneath. Most people with ATI oem labeled cards are in the business and get engineering sample units for testing.
     
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post #7 of 10
you could always take the colorful sticker off.
But my ASUS GTX470 Looks bad ass the way it is
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post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the responses, I've got the Sapphire 6950 and its just a giant brick in my comp ha. For my next build I wanted to try and get my hands on those but looks like I am going to have to try for look a likes like Ipwnnubletz was showing.
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Also, am I going to have to upgrade my PSU if I plan to Xfire two 6950s in the future?
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nVidia makes their own graphics cards. Look at best buy.
    
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