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I've been wondering about reference cards for awhile.
More specifically, who makes and assembles the PCB's. Is it the vendors (ASUS, eVGA, MSI, etc.) that puts them together? Or do the GPU makers (ATI/AMD and nVidia) make them and the vendors just add their own cooler and warranty?
Edited by Dirtyworks - 3/23/11 at 12:58pm
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I had to break my reference EVGA 280 down for baking a while back and only thing other then numbers I think on the PCB was Nvidia and the logo. Figure if anyone else made the PCB for that card their name would be on it?? (EVGA instead on Nvidia)

My GTX 480 SOC looks like it only has Gigabytes name on it. But, it's a nonreference card.
    
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Alright, thanks. That's that I thought, I just wasn't sure
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I haven't come across any information about a change, so it should still be Foxconn who manufactures the reference cards for Nvidia. Nvidia then allocates those cards to each respective partner for marketing, packaging, etc. Similarly, Sapphire's parent company, PCPartner, is responsible for the AMD side of things, in terms of reference design cards.

Beyond that, non-reference cards are designed (but few are also manufactured) by each respective partner. Often times, Foxconn and PCPartner still have a hand in manufacturing the non-reference cards as well since only a handful of companies even have the resources and capabilities to make their own cards (namely Asus, Gigabyte, and a few others).
     
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