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Reference Vs Non Reference ? Difference?

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Whats the difference between the two?
Non-reference is a different design than the chipset manufacturer but what else is the difference?Can you throw an aftermarket cooler on a non reference? What is the deal? Is it also true that non reference have better cooling but locked voltages?
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Originally Posted by jach11;12034600 
Whats the difference between the two?
Non-reference is a different design than the chipset manufacturer but what else is the difference?Can you throw an aftermarket cooler on a non reference? What is the deal? Is it also true that non reference have better cooling but locked voltages?

The difference is the layout and components.

Aftermarket cooler are largely designed around the reference PCB, so aftermarket coolers may not work with non-reference PCBs.

Many non-reference PCBs are cost-cut and use less expensive components such as voltage regulators that aren't controllable. (i.e. Pretty much every XFX non-reference design) Some non-reference cards use more expensive components and are better than reference design in functionality and quality. (i.e. MSI's Lightning series, Asus' ROG cards...etc)
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so most of the time its better to save money and buy a reference with a after market cooler than buying a non ref correct?
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How do you tell which are which? Does it actually say which one it is?
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so most of the time its better to save money and buy a reference with a after market cooler than buying a non ref correct?

It isn't always cheaper to buy reference + a cooler.
Non-reference cards often come with good cooling at or below reference card prices.

For example, this Asus 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419

is the same price as this reference HIS 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348

but the Asus comes with a better cooler.
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How do you tell which are which? Does it actually say which one it is?

You have to look at the PCB and compare it with a reference PCB.

PCB colour doesn't have to match, but component layout and selection does matter.
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