Nvidia Vs. Zotac
22 minutes ago, mahuron123 said:
I haven't noticed the sound at all. I'm currently using the computer and I'm not really noticing anything. I was just looking at it the insides, noticed that and got curious about it.
TL;DR: not all graphics chips are created equal. OEMs like Zotac, ASUS, etc. in the past were allowed to check which chips they got from Nvidia performed the best and set those aside, to use in their high-end cards. They are not allowed to do that anymore, which means all videocards in the 2070 Super range have the same chance of being good/bad/inbetween. There is still a difference in how good a cooler is though.
The same said in a longer way:
Nowadays there is no 'binning' on GPU's, so there is no guaranteed difference in the clockspeeds and thus performance of cards.
For a bit of context, on what that means; when Nvidia makes a GPU (the actual graphics processor, not the whole videocard), all in the same generation (like RTX 2060, 2070, etc.) are made equal. It's just that some chips perform better than others. The chips that perform the best, become 2080 cards, those which perform the worst have some cores turned off and get turned in 2060 chips, etc.
In that way, there is also some variance between the 2070 Super cards. Not all will perform the same.
In the past a companies (OEMs) like Zotac, EVGA, ASUS, etc. had a couple tiers of videocards. Like lower end (slower) cards and faster cards. They did this by tested these chips and making the best performing 2070 Super chips into their high-end 2070 Supers and the less good performing ones, become the cheaper 2070 Supers.
Both what Nvidia are doing and what the OEMs are doing, is called 'binning'. Taking the best chips and advertising them (Nvidia by calling it a 2070, 2080, etc., OEMs by slapping a better or worse cooler on it).
But Nvidia is nowadays not allowing OEMs to bin their GPU's, meaning every 2070 Super videocard from ASUS, Zotac, etc. has the same chance of being really good and really bad.
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