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I'm kind of confused...

Can someone tell me what's the difference between the two? (Reference, Non-Reference card) and how to tell the two apart?
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A quick search led me to this post

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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
reference cards are made using a design from ATI/Nvidia, non reference cards are made using the AIB partners (EVGA, XFX Asus to name a few) own design by going with non reference designs AIBs can reduce costs by leaving out some componants or they can add componants to help with stability at higher clocks but doing so means that some aftermarket coolers wont fit
Easiest way to tell them apart is the physical design of the card.
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A reference card will give you voltage circuits that allow you to voltage boost your card for a higher overclock. Non reference cards don't offer that. You can see a reference HD 5000 series by the batman style cooler and the AMD above the PCI-E Port.

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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post
A reference card will give you voltage circuits that allow you to voltage boost your card for a higher overclock. Non reference cards don't offer that.
Some do. Like the Asus DirectCU. There is some evidence that non-reference cards that don't explicitly say the can overvolt can be made to: http://www.overclock.net/ati/903943-...o-voltage.html

Also read this for 5000 series differences http://www.overclock.net/ati/705075-...ence-card.html
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@M0E

How can you tell apart a 6xxx graphics card? other than taking it apart?
Edited by Rogy56 - 1/23/11 at 5:08am
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I know on the 5000 series you could tell if it was reference or not in a few ways. 1 being if you can see AMD printed on the PCB near the gold pci-e connectors then it is reference design card and the other way is the cooler type on the card with reference using a fan that is positioned towards the back of the card and non reference having a fan that is situated in the middle of the card. Dont honestly know if this is the same with 6000 series but I would imagine so.
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