Difference between Nvidia cards and manifacturer cards

Hi all!

I am looking to buy a new Graphics card, but i was wondering: What is the difference between an original Nvidia Card and a manifacturer card? For example: Difference between a Nvidia Geforce GTX 470 and a ASUS Geforce GTX 470? Is it only that ASUS gets it's brand on the card, or can they modify the card?

Thank you in advance!


Most of the time it's things like cooler, power deliverly, and memory amounts, but they are allowed to modify the card a fair bit. Most after market cards, at a decent price, will have custom PCB's with different quality capacitors. MSI Lightening cards have a beefy power delivery so the GPU can be overvolted allot.