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I have never found the difference since I have been here. Never bothered to ask either though.

So now I am asking. What is a Fermi card? And what is a reference card?
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Fermi is the name of Nvidia's 400 series GPUs. (more info here)
Reference is the original design of a card from AMD/Nvidia.
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Fermi is the name of the GeForce 400 series of GPUs. "Reference" means any card that is made to the original specs with no alterations.

So if a card has a fancy cooler on it, the it's not a reference card (although, it could still be based on the reference design in terms of the PCB and what's on that PCB).

Or, if a manufacturer releases a graphics card with their own special components on the PCB, then it's not a reference card.
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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
Fermi is the name of Nvidia's 400 series GPUs.
Reference is the original design of a card from AMD/Nvidia.
^^

This, but I do prefer reference cards typically. More reliable/stable plus drivers might be easier with such cards (minus cooler adjustments that make it non-reference).
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
^^

This, but I do prefer reference cards typically. More reliable/stable plus drivers might be easier with such cards.
And you can get full-cover waterblocks for them.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Fermi is the name of the GeForce 400 series of GPUs. "Reference" means any card that is made to the original specs with no alterations.

So if a card has a fancy cooler on it, the it's not a reference card (although, it could still be based on the reference design in terms of the PCB and what's on that PCB).

Or, if a manufacturer releases a graphics card with their own special components on the PCB, then it's not a reference card.
This explains it pretty clear for me

Thanks to everyone who answered!
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Wow bravo OCN, not one fermi joke!
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post #8 of 9
Fermi covers the GPUs used in 400 and 500 series graphics cards (GF1xx) , not just the 400 series.

The reference design is the "standard" design layed out by nVidia. Manufacturers may or may not stick to the reference design when producing their cards (to add features, improve performance, and/or cut costs).
    
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hmmm i always thought fermi was the name of the chip not the card line up.

which would make fermi any GF1xx based product
ie GF100, GTX470, 480
GF110, GTX570, 580
and GF114, GTX460, 560

technically yes its the 5xx and 4xx series of cards but the code name is for the GF100 chip and its offspring not the entire card or range least that's how i always assumed it was
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