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Can anyone tell me if there are any significant differences between the different video card manufacturers such as EVGA, Palit, Galaxy, Zotac, Gigabyte. Will two cards of the same model (GTX 470) but from different manufacturers (EVGA, Galaxy) run well in SLI? Any other info on the differences between manufacturers would be appreciated. Also, sorry if this seems like a dumb question, but I'm fairly new to the world of custom builds.
    
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A large number will have the default card layout and heatsink setup that NVIDIA or AMD have designed. The performance difference in these cases will be very similiar.

Where you will see a difference is when the Manufactures design there own cooling systems and possibly pcb. This is where you find you might beable to over clock one make better than an other due to the design of the cooling. A good indication of build quality I would say is what length of gurantee a Manufacture gives with its cards.

Cards from different suppliers should run well together. The only thing to remember is that the two cards in SLI will run at the speed of the slowest clocked card.

I am currenty running 3 cards virtually 24*7 at full load folding

Gainward GTX 460 1GB GS x2
Inno3D GTX 480

The GTX 460's have been running for 6 months with no problems and the GTX 480 has been running since December with no problems. So from my experience I would recommend these cards.
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A large number will have the default card layout and heatsink setup that NVIDIA or AMD have designed. The performance difference in these cases will be very similiar.

Where you will see a difference is when the Manufactures design there own cooling systems and possibly pcb. This is where you find you migt beable to over clock one make better than an other due to the design of the cooling. A good indication of build quality I would say is what length of gurantee a Manufacture gives with its cards.

Cards from different suppliers should run well together. The only thing to remember is that the two cards will run at the speed of the slowest clocked card.

Basically what he said, so if you are going to buy the reference model then just go with the best warranty and best price. If you want a non reference then there are differences, the most noticeable ones will be the cooling and if they are already overclocked.
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