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RTX 2080 Ti FE vs Aftermarket?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm planning on building a PC for the first time. What is the benefit of purchasing an aftermarket RTX 2080 Ti when compared to a Founder's Edition card?

It seems that most 3rd party units, at least at the time of this post, are a bit pricier than purchasing the FE card directly from Nvidia ($1199 on nvidia.com vs 50-200 USD more when looking at options on PC Part Picker). Is there that much more performance benefit to be reaped that make the investment worth it? I don't plan on making any modifications to the video card (i.e. no plans to overclock or modify the cooling solution already provided). My intentions for the rig are to run AAA titles on 1440p and 4K, with no plans to overclock. Thanks in advance.

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Reference doesnt have that good thermals and noise level? Also 3 years warranty while some partner cards have more.

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I have a hard time getting a reference edition from Nvidia that is 200 more than they advertised.  I expect the aftermarket models to be a little more as they are often OCd and coolers built up to 2.5-3 slots, giving you more headroom and making them more quiet.  


I would have an easier time getting the founders if it sold for the 999 it was supposed to, but if they are going to charge a hair less than the aorus/strix/gamingTrio?  Ya ill go for one of those.

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