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post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post
One way to tell is to check the logo on the PCB near the PCI-e connection. If it says NVIDA it's a reference pcb, if it's non-reference it will have the name of the company that designed/sold it.
Thats incredibly helpful!! Super easy way to tell ^.^ TY (:

Are cards like the Twin Fozer considered better or worse than normal reference cards? (reference pcb & non-reference cooler)
post #12 of 26
The product number or the style of the cooler can reveal some information for you to specify if it's a reference one or not, such as GIGABYTE always name the reference one's product number XXXXXXX-B, if you see the B as the last number, it's a reference one, hope it do help.
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Reference generally means the manufacturer gets the cards from either amd or nvidia, slap their sticker on it and sell it

For the first month or two after a new card is launched that is usually all that is available.

From there you get ones that are basically reference with a different cooler, and then they move on to the extreme non reference versions like my Ares. Where it shares basically nothing with a reference card apart from the gpu itself
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The MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr II, is it ref or non-ref?

On the MSI site it has nvidia on the PCB but on Newegg, it has MSI on the PCB ?
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So how do i tell if my 480 is refference ? on the bottom where it's suposed to say nvidia or the company that made it it's just a bit of paper i think with some code on it . It says asus on the back of the pcb . Does that mean it's non refference , or is it just another way to mark it and it's still refference ?
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Can we get a pic of it, would make it a lot easier
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if you're ok with a phone pic , then yes ... i don't have the camera , but my vivaz's camera should be ok ..
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post
Reference generally means the manufacturer gets the cards from either amd or nvidia, slap their sticker on it and sell it

For the first month or two after a new card is launched that is usually all that is available.

From there you get ones that are basically reference with a different cooler, and then they move on to the extreme non reference versions like my Ares. Where it shares basically nothing with a reference card apart from the gpu itself
Actually the only thing AIB (Add In Board) partners buy from Nvidia or AMD are the GPUs themselves, AIB partners manufacture the boards either in house or via a contractor like foxconn whether they are reference or non reference. The difference is non reference is designed by the AIB partner and the reference is designed by Nvidia or AMD and given to the AIB partners to use
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Actually the only thing AIB (Add In Board) partners buy from Nvidia or AMD are the GPUs themselves, AIB partners manufacture the boards either in house or via a contractor like foxconn whether they are reference or non reference. The difference is non reference is designed by the AIB partner and the reference is designed by Nvidia or AMD and given to the AIB partners to use
Like the difference between EVGA and MSI reference PCBs
EVGA buy it from Nvidia, MSI manufacture it.
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