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OEM vs. Retail Cards
It seems to be routine practice for large system integrators--OEMs--to cut deals with video card manufacturers to purchase large quantities of lower-capability video cards for their systems. (This appears to happen with video cards more than most other components.) While the retail version of a particular card may have certain performance characteristics, the OEM version can have much worse performance for a number of reasons. I have personally heard of the following corners being cut on OEM video cards:
Warning: The difference in
performance between a retail and OEM version of the same card can be substantial, although
sometimes it is not. These OEM video cards are advertised using the full name of the video
card and there is no way to tell that what you are getting is not identical to the full
retail version unless you ask specifically when buying the system.