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what is the difference between a an evga gtx 480 card or a gigabyte or asus or palit or msi or zotac???? I mean the ones that aren't overclocked. they all have the same clock speeds ?
 

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There is very little in terms of card performance, The only differences is that some manufactures may include a better one than others.

Also some have longer / better warranty period.
 

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Reference is reference, for the most part. Especially in this generation. Seems to be less binning going on in the fermi series. If I were to go 480, I'd go for a non-reference design.
 

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For this generation of GTX cards all of the reference designs are the same. The manufacturer doesn't matter. I would go with a card from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or PNY. They are all great. EVGA and PNY have a lifetime warranty on their cards. Asus has a 3 year warranty. I'm not sure about Gigabyte or MSI. If anything I would just go with the lifetime warranty and customer service. I would have to hand that to either EVGA or PNY. Although, for this generation people have said EVGA hasn't been as good as they were in the past.
 

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I would never trust off name brands

(Sparkle, Palit, and those EU GPU companies) Some swear by them, and yet I always seem to read horror stories coming from SPARKLE or Palit. Of course, not all of them are bad, each to their own, But I read to many threads on OCN about a Palit crapping out etc etc.

EVGA, MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte is what Id look at. Then from there, just get the standard 480, and OC it yourself.

P.S. If you go EVGA, look for their warranty, some are 3 years, some are lifetime, Depending on how you feel about that. I think its AR and TR ending model numbers that decide warranty.
 

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Don't buy EVGA unless you plan to never sell your card as the warranty is not transferable. Go with a manufacturer with transferable warranties (ASUS, MSI, etc).
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187117

That one is nice, but personally, I'd hold out for the MSI Lightning. It uses the new Twin Frozr III cooler. If for no other reason than that MSI has really good customer service, Sparkle... not so sure.
Dunno, I've heard some horror stories with MSI's customer service. Yes they'll replace your parts, but how long it will take is a whole different story.

But yeah most cards that are reference (see: almost all 480s) are the same. Just different warranties and such.
 

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Don't buy EVGA unless you plan to never sell your card as the warranty is not transferable. Go with a manufacturer with transferable warranties (ASUS, MSI, etc).
As long as the seller offers to help with RMAs. which almost everyone on OCN does, thats kinda not a valid point my friend. Nor would I ever say that to anyone. EVGA has some outstanding customer support and are ranked #1 in the US for a reason.

And thats not sticking up for them, thats just in response to obscene comment over 1 company over 1 thing.
 

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if I buy evga on newegg it gives me Free Mafia 2 and Just Cause 2 coupons.

and if I buy gigabyte, newegg gives me oppurtunity to combo with the mobo I want (ud9). That makes be save 275$.

Now I don't need 2 motherboards. Would they work fine together?
 

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if I buy evga on newegg it gives me Free Mafia 2 and Just Cause 2 coupons.

and if I buy gigabyte, newegg gives me oppurtunity to combo with the mobo I want (ud9). That makes be save 275$.

Now I don't need 2 motherboards. Would they work fine together?
Would what work fine together. Different brand cards? If so, then yes. Will work just fine. SLI only requires the same model card.
 

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Gigabyte and Asus have proven themselves to me alot in the last couple years.
MSi is much improved and EVGA is overrated in terms of being 'the best', but they are still real good.
 

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Would what work fine together. Different brand cards? If so, then yes. Will work just fine. SLI only requires the same model card.
yes I meant different brands. so even in 3way, you're saying that it would be no different than having 3 same brands?
 

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As long as the seller offers to help with RMAs. which almost everyone on OCN does, thats kinda not a valid point my friend.
Keep in mind that you're assuming the seller will always be reachable and that you'd have to pay extra shipping charges twice in order to use the seller for an RMA. Also, you'd have absolutely no recourse if the seller kept the freshly RMAd card. Add to that the fact that a lot of sellers are younger and not very stable. How exactly are none of these valid points??
 
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As long as the seller offers to help with RMAs. which almost everyone on OCN does, thats kinda not a valid point my friend. Nor would I ever say that to anyone. EVGA has some outstanding customer support and are ranked #1 in the US for a reason.

And thats not sticking up for them, thats just in response to obscene comment over 1 company over 1 thing.
sccr64472 pretty much said all there is to say about this..you're relying on someone else for something they have *zero* obligation to, legally, financially..maybe ethically but that's it. Once the item ships they are at liberty to forever ignore you as far as RMAs or support go as long as the item ships as described.
 

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It's really much difference when 80% of all the cards are reference seriously it's mainly price and whatever warranty/goodies you get with it.

My Inno 3D came with a gaming mouse mat i'd of preffered an adapter for the mini hdmi port but ah well.
 

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yes I meant different brands. so even in 3way, you're saying that it would be no different than having 3 same brands?
No difference.
 

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yes I meant different brands. so even in 3way, you're saying that it would be no different than having 3 same brands?
almost all the 480's are the same reference cards. Just make sure to OC them all to the same clock cuz SLI will set them all to the slowest clock.

Not sure if this is hijacking; Is there a brand that is bad\\untrustworthy?
 
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