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post #1 of 16
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I need to choose between EVGA, ASUS and Zotac.
Zotac is the cheapest one, ASUS I can get locally.

Is there any difference in components used for different brands of reference cards?

P.S. I'm going to use it with EK-FC580 GTX+ block.
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No, there's no difference in the design if it's reference.

There IS a difference when it comes to warranties and customer service, though. That being said, I'm am very loyal to EVGA, as they have always been wonderful. ASUS happens to be a great brand, too. ZOTAC, I'm not as familiar with.
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I would go with ASUS, mainly due to the fact that they seem to be easier to resell due to the warranty being easily handled by the new owner without the need for a receipt. Of all the brands, the ones I would recommend are ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte for quality/reliability.
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I would go with ASUS, mainly due to the fact that they seem to be easier to resell due to the warranty being easily handled by the new owner without the need for a receipt. Of all the brands, the ones I would recommend are ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte for quality/reliability.
I like Asus too, but I'm not sure how good their customer service in Canada.
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post #5 of 16
For RMA with Asus for my last mobo didnt even take 3 day and it was back in my pc....
post #6 of 16
The only difference between reference brands is the RMA process, and the price.
Some just cost a bit more because its brand X and not Y.
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Both ASUS and EVGA are good. EVGA warranties only work with receipt/invoice so if you sell it then people would want your help to RMA/ship it. MSI is good too, since their warranty go by SN
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post #8 of 16
Well, if I were you, I would chose whichever was cheaper; the EVGA or the ASUS one, since both are reliable brands.
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post #9 of 16
I have two Zotac ones, run well, and overclock well - never dealt with customer service, and they only have 2 year warranty, but heck I don't usually keep components that long
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post #10 of 16
All reference cards are identical under the "hood" but not every one will overclock the same as there are better and worse GF110 chips.

Pick whatever you feel has a better warranty.
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