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Well, it's obvious that there are numerous manufacturers which put out video cards and I'm wondering, what's the difference?

All I really see is PCB color, HSF and stock speeds.

There must be something thats actually different, what is it?
    
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They're partners of either ATi or Nvidia and there's no generic answer to that, it depends on the product in question. Differences can vary from longer warranty, overclocked from stock speeds, upgraded coolers etc.
Basically, the GPUs are manufactured by ATi and Nvidia and the partners do the distribution for the parent companies.
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It's mainly clock speeds and HSF, some tout that they hand-pick their chips (Asus) knowing they get the best ones. Who knows how true this is but all I know is that go with a company that has a great warranty (XFX double lifetime, BFG Lifetime) and a good HSF (either a Zalman (Gigabyte) or Copper Cooler (eVGA))

And it's kind of about brand loyalty as well
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I forgot to mention, I was asking because I'm looking into a 7800 GT, thus being in the nVidia section.
    
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i have been looking into getting a new Nvidia card too and so have found that almost every1 recommends either XFX or eVGA although i am personally Asus inclined but after much research i am probably looking at XFX
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