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ELSA is a German company that we are very familiar with since they have tried to separate themselves from your average NVIDIA based graphics board with high self-set standards that rival that of even NVIDIA. ELSA made it publicly clear that they didn't feel the NVIDIA's SDR reference design was up to their standards and decided to spend some additional time to "improve" the reference design. Most of these improvements were to help the manufacturing of the boards versus actually giving the customer some added benefits. This was a rather bold move being that it would cost them a bit of lag time compared to their competitors. The trade hasn't seemed to pay off yet since there haven't been any major problems with graphics boards based on the standard GeForce design. However, it is important to note that ELSA did go out of its way to try to improve upon what was considered to be "good enough." This just further supports the ELSA's track record of quality, performance and innovation. I'm all for the added efforts, as long as the trade-offs don't hit the cost of the product too hard.