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I'm aware (or perhaps think to be aware =P) that these are names of companies who sell graphics card such as the Radeon HD 6970 I'm looking to purchase. However, I've noticed a significant price difference among some of these companies.
What is this due to? Is it the quality of the card =/
because logically, I think it should follow that these cards should all perform the same.
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Sapphire is prolly number 1 or 2 on the list of manufactuers bc of quality. Asus, Gigabyte, and Msi are about all the same give or take and they are all great brands. Xfx offers lifetime warranty but the quality is just ok. Powercolor is good, they are kind of like vizio when you compare the company to the tv market lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by i7Stealth1366;12828361 
Sapphire is prolly number 1 or 2 on the list of manufactuers bc of quality. Asus, Gigabyte, and Msi are about all the same give or take and they are all great brands. Xfx offers lifetime warranty but the quality is just ok. Powercolor is good, they are kind of like vizio when you compare the company to the tv market lol.

They're ALL the same when we're talking about reference cards. ALL THE SAME.
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True, But there is a difference between quality about some brands, like Club 3D and Sapphire.

Sry for my bad english people xD.
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Hey PCUser,

Your question can have two different answers, depending on if your talking about reference cards or non-reference cards.

Reference Cards are the early models and they all look the same across all the different companies. (Except you may notice each one has a different picture on it)

Correct me if I am wrong, these are all very much the same, with all components on the board standard through out. The price differences arise due to many factors:

1. Customer/Technical Support provided after sale.
2. Warranty length and conditions.
3. Additional Software bundled in (Asus Voltage Control etc).
4. Additional Miscellaneous Hardware (cables).

Non-Reference Cards differ not just by what was discussed above but also with the physical components of the gfx card. They are usually 2nd gen cards that get released weeks/months after the default reference ones.

1. Each brand will sport their own unique cooling. For instance Gigabyte would use their windforce 3X (3 fans on the board + better heatsink) setup.
2. The grade/quality of individual electronic components will differ.
3. Form factor will change (Asus DirectCU II has a card that fills 3 slots!)
4. Because the physical properties of each non-reference card changes, headroom for overclocking increases/decreases depending on the new conditions/parameters.

Hope that answers your question!
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Asus cards usually run a lil higher at stock but I don't think its because they are better quality. I personally go for the Visiontek cards because they are the only other company that have the lifetime warranty AND ref coolers and they look just as good as the others.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tsm106;12828389 
They're ALL the same when we're talking about reference cards. ALL THE SAME.

Truth be told.
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What do you guys think about reference vs non reference?
Any better than the other?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12828609 
What do you guys think about reference vs non reference?
Any better than the other?

From what I have picked up around here is that reference cards usually use better parts but have inferior cooling.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tsm106;12828389 
They're ALL the same when we're talking about reference cards. ALL THE SAME.

Yes I know this, but I was also taking Nonref into account also
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