Disadvantages to Nvidia reference cards?


Jul 18, 2009
Just wondering if there are disadvantages to a Nvidia reference card compared to a "branded" card like bfg or xfx.

Obviously factory overclocking, but how bout a card that isnt compared to the reference card?

nvidia , like ATI , sell reference cards to their partners who slap stickers on them and sell them as branded products .

Some of the reference coolers are marginal . Like the original single slot 8800gt cooler which was good for frying eggs but not so great for cooling hot electronics .

Others have been OK , but often an exercise in cost cutting .
Read a review of the card you are looking at and see if its running at decent temps , and if other non-reference designs are cooler