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Card revisions worth considering?

Just something I've always been curious about. If we step back and take a sort of broad and general view of the situation, are card revisions something worth considering? I started looking at this when I had my GTX 570. I noticed that the card I had, was something like revision A1. A couple of years went by, and I had to RMA the card. What I got back, was version A2. Hmm, interesting. Iirc, the final version before they stopped producing the card, was A3. And I think the A3 cards, were all smaller. Its been awhile, so I can't really remember. Maybe they weren't but I seem to remember the A3 cards being about 25% shorter than the other versions.

Is there any real need to concern oneself with what card revision you get? Beyond some kind of bad issue with the card, where it needed some kind of hardware revision. If it doesn't have any real problems, is it worth considering your card revision number? Do the cards actually get any better, with later versions of it? Or is this something that nobody should care about? Unless of course you want a certain card but are trying to avoid a particular flaw with earlier models.

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Card revisions can be good or bad.... Some revisions improve the card for certain issues and sometimes it’s to reduce costs by making changes, like say changing VRMs to a version with higher capacity and then removing a some of them off the PCB or moving condensers also. This can affect you if you run a waterblock on a card though and if they do a revision and the block doesn’t fit the next revision, you’re screwed, lol. This happened with GTX1080s from Gigabyte. They did had their own PCB of the card and EK made a water block. And the revision 2 looked the same, but the block doesn’t fit the card now. Some say the revision 2 was to reduce co whine. Asus did a running change on the RTX2080Ti also and EK had to revise the waterblock also. If you aircool and use the stock cooler as it comes, then it’s only up the what changes are made that may or may not be good or bad. I would say a revision is better, but it’s not always the case for some.


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How about for people who don't water cool? Usually better? Does the card actually gain any amount of performance with later revisions?

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Really hard to say...you’d really
have to dig into the cards changes and do a comparison, but I would assume the newer revision is for the better, not worse.


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