Does NVIDIA manufacture good graphic cards?

I want to purchase the new NVIDIA 2060 - Super edition card. There are many options manufacturers which planning versions (Asus, Zotac, Eva, MSI all the standard vendors). My question is this -- NVIDIA has their own version on sale right now at $399, I can get some discounts off it, and it is quickly available and comes with a three -year warranty. It is a better buy than the ones available on Amazon and NewEgg. My question is this-- does NVIDIA manufacture good cards themselves? I know they supply the technology but I did not know they supply actually hardware. Take a look at the link.

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3 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    I'd say pick up a regular RTX 2070 that's on sale.

    Nvidia doesn't manufacturer cards, they design the GPU that powers the Graphics card. They subcontract out production of their GPU chip to mainly TSMC, but Samsung has also been known to fab some of Nvidia's chips.

    The "Founder's Edition" or Reference card is designed by Nvidia but that's also manufactured by a subcontractor. The Founder's Edition card vastly pales in comparison to other cards like the Asus Strix, MSI Gaming, EVGA FTW, Zotac AMP!, etc. Companies like EVGA and Gigabyte will take the Reference design board and then slap their own cooler on it.

    Most Nvidia cards are made by a 3rd Party like EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, Palit, iColorful, PNY, and a few others. These 3rd party companies by the GPU from Nvidia and then put the GPU on a card. EVGA is regarded as one of the best companies mainly because their warranty policy is the best, which gives the EVGA cards a higher resale value on the 2nd hand market. When I buy a Nvidia Graphics card I either go with MSI or EVGA, but I'll go with Sapphire or XFX on the AMD side of things.

    If I had to choose a card in that link, I would go with the EVGA SC. If the card dies within the warranty period I know I won't get dicked around. I've had to file an RMA with EVGA in the past and I got a replacement card within a week and a half.

    I'm reluctant to go with Asus or Gigabyte because those companies have a terrible repair and RMA policy. Other than that the Asus Strix edition card is very good. Last year I had to send Asus 2x motherboards that needed repairs and that was a terrible experience.

    • Eddi
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      If NVIDIA does not manufacture cards who is manufacturing the once they are selling directly in the link? The one they are selling direct has a USB-C virtual port, and has a three year warranty.

  • Fulano
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    You've got Nvidia or AMD. It seems generally the Nvidia are a little more power efficient, and a little faster, but more expensive.

    A good benchmark page like Passmark or User Benchmark will list the cards by performance, then you can easily tell how fast they are.

  • 5 months ago

    The only GPU, I buy.

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