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Asus EAH5830

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#1 chas0702


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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:55 PM

I am considering upgrading my Asus EAH5830 to something a little more capable. My card still works great, but I have been browsing and reading which is not always a good thing. My question is: when considering a video card what does the term"reference card" mean. Some reviews talk about non reference and some describe the card as reference. Most likely this is a simple question, but I have not found my answer yet. Thanks in advance for your answers.


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#2 killerx525


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:54 AM

I believe reference card is the one where manufacture (AMD/Nvidia) gives out to other manufactures which they customize it like using there own coolers, overclocking it etc.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:58 AM

a reference card is a card that matches the original specs of the Card. For example, if a certain ATI card is supposed to have a core clock of X speed and a memory size of x amount, and a memory speed of x amount, and have a cooler that matches a certain specification, then a reference card, is a card that matches all of that criteria, so if Saphire wants to make a reference card, they will make a card that will match all of ATIs criteria to the letter. While a non-reference card, is when they change things, add in different cooling, extra display ports, factory overclock, etc.



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