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I'll keep it short. When purchasing a graphics card, what does the number actually mean? Let's take a GTX260 for example.

You can buy an EVGA, MSI.... the list goes on. Sometimes it has 1GB or sometimes 1.5GB (I THINK those numbers are right).

So...if NVIDIA makes it, then why don't they just sell it? And what's the difference between an EVGA and an MSI? Or any other brand for that matter?
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Evga, MSI ect are the manufacturers, the difference between them is some come with different coolers, different clocks speeds, different features, warranties ect.
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Originally Posted by AMD955 View Post
Evga, MSI ect are the manufacturers, the difference between them is some come with different coolers, different clocks speeds, different features, warranties ect.
^This. The EVGA warranty is too good to pass up for some. The numbers you mentioned...1GB and 1.5GB is the amount of VRAM (video memory) on the GPU. If you plan on running at a high res on multiple screens, go for a higher VRAM quantity. However 1GB will suffice at 1920 x 1080 on one screen. There are some games that use more VRAM than that but....GTA IV is one i think.

What card you looking at? What res you looking at having? One monitor or more? What kind of games?
Edited by 8564dan - 7/27/11 at 5:03pm
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The reference model video cards are manufactured by Nvidia or AMD (or their contractors), and are resold by various AIB (add-in board) partners such as EVGA, MSI, ASUS, etc. after they slap a sticker on it. For these cards, the only difference is the customer service, warranty, and bundled software/adapters that come with the video card. The card itself is the same.

Some of these AIB partners manufacture their own non-reference versions of the video card and make tweaks to the design. In these cases, there is an actual difference in the video card.
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Well that makes sense. So it's just like EVGA, MSI, ASUS, are all car dealerships, and they all sell the same Fords, but each one has different warranties, pricing, etc. THAT makes sense. Thanks OC.net community.
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