I have decided to upgrade my Graphics Card to a Nvidia GeForce 6600GT AGP 128mb. In searching for a retailer to purchase this card from I am confused by the many different makes of this card i.e. Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT, Gainward GeForce 6600GT, PNY GeForce 6600GT, Leadtek GeForce 6600GT, Sparkle GeForce 6600GT, XFX GeForce 6600GT and many more all at different prices. My question is what is the difference between these cards and why do they vary in price so much if they are the same card, finally which of these cards should I purchase. Thanks for any advice.
It comes down to brand and quality, the more expensive ones tend to have a brand name which is well known and usually have better quality control and better quality components. The cards you list will be very similar otherwise.
Should have also said some cards are better for overclocking, indeed some of them are designed to help you with this giving you better fans or bigger heatsinks better quality components can take more heat before failing and some cards even come with software to help you do this, I have no idea if any of these cards come into this category. The software bundle may also effect the price as citadel points out. I wouldn't buy a cheap graphics card, by that I mean non branded. Of the ones you mention the ones I'd look at would be the Gigabyte the Gainward the Leadtek and perhaps the XFX.
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