Originally Posted by mattyboi92
im confused that there are many products with the same model name but different makers? there are "geforce gtx" video cards by asus,msi,evga...... which geforce gtx 770 are peopl ereccomending? also the list of parts i made is slightly expensive does anyone have suggestions to cheapen the list?
"GTX ###" is the line of GPUs that Nvidia supplies with GPU cores (GK104/GK110, etc).*
When you see something like MSI GTX 780, that means that Nvidia supplies MSI with the core for the GTX 780 (GK110), and MSI then builds the card.
MSI then has the ability to either make a card that is either:
- Reference: Generally a blower style card with a single fan to push air through the card and out the back. Generally lower ASIC (overclocking quality), and with air cooling, tend to run much hotter due to the blower style design.
- Non-Reference: These are custom cooling designs done by the company that Nvidia/AMD gave their GPU cores to. They can have better power delivery, much cooler components due to a superior cooling solution (generally dual/triple fan designs), and sometimes even have different color PCB. Also tend to be much, much quieter.
Reference design cards tend to do well in stuff like an ITX build, since they are able to take the heat in the case and exhaust it out of the back. They are also one of the better choices for watercooling as it is much easier to find a waterblock for a reference card than non-reference. These tend to be cheaper than non-reference designed cards.
Non-Reference design cards do well in pretty much every other situation, although they aren't the greatest for watercooling because you can't always find waterblocks for them.Warning: Reference Design MSI GTX 780 (Click to show)
Warning: Non-Reference Design MSI GTX 780 (Click to show)
Also, when using PCPP, use the button where it says BBCode and copy/paste what is brought up in the box into your post onto these forums.* Notation is a bit different with AMD cards. But maintains the same idea that I explain in this postEdited by Kinaesthetic - 7/28/13 at 8:47pm