Originally Posted by deltaspirit
This is not totally true, there are some non ref cards out there that smoke the reference counterpart with better quality parts, example is the asus 4890 top with the figitsu cap on the bottom, that card was incredible. Everything from the cooler to the components used screamed quality, but asus never released a bios update so people could control the second fan. That is why I like reference cards because there are no issues like that. I would also prefer to take a card designed by a major company like amd then a card designed by a smaller vendor.
Hmmm. you proved my point. lets look at some newegg reviews on that non-reference card shall we?
#1- card runs idle at 60c at idle with fanspeed at 25%
#2- the thermal pads on the voltage regs. they are of a very very cheap material. i was wonderng why my vregs were hitting 130C when i played CSS. popped the cooler off and of course, it was the green thermal pads that fall apart after about a days useEdited by FXTOi7 - 4/13/11 at 9:23am