NVIDIA makes GPUs, which are used both for graphics and for graphics-unrelated computing. It also publishes compute-related specs of its GPUs.
Now, when it comes to cards:
- there are some cards that NVIDIA sells itself as the sole vendor, such as the Quadro and the Tesla series (with the latter being solely compute-oriented, lacking any display outputs); these have their own GPUs which you don't see on consumer-oriented cards.
- There are the consumer-oriented cards which vendors such as MSI, GigaByte and EVGA sell, which are graphics-oriented and use NVIDIA GPUs. These come in all sorts of varieties, such as "SuperClocked", "FTW", "D5", "OC", "Extreme Edition", "Green/Red/Blue/Black" etc.
- Finally, NVIDIA has started over the past couple of years to sell "Founders' Edition" cards with the same GPUs (chip-wise) used by the other consumer-oriented card vendors.
My question is: Regarding compute work, can I only trust the "Founders Edition" to deliver consistent performance in exact correspondence to the specifications? Or can I also trust the other vendors' cards to not "mess things up", and conform to the specs (modulo stated changes in core and memory clock speeds)? And if I can't fully trust the non-NVIDIA vendor cards, how would they "misbehave"?
If the scope is too general, I'm specifically interested in GTX 1080 Ti cards (GP102-350-K1-A1 chips).