This is the card that was recommended with for a dual card setup
But if I go Asus (GeForce GTX 1070 DUAL) I can get the 1070 for $60 cheaper.
Are the 2 brands interchangeable for the same (ie 1070) card?
How do you know which features to look for and is there any difference, other than looks, between brands for the same card?
ie Can you take a GTX 1070 card from any manufacturer and use it in the same custom build (as long as it fits in the case)?
I've also read that MSI cards work somewhat better with overclocking.
Here is one good comparison I've come across
The good news is that you've hit upon the three best manufacturers for GeForce Pascal-based cards: EVGA SC or FTW, Asus Strix, and MSI Gaming
. The big difference that sets these three brands apart from others is a finely-tuned cooler that provides both low temperatures and low noise. Please be aware that the Asus Dual, MSI Aero and Armor, or various Founders Edition cards are NOT equivalent, and will not perform as well as the specific models I listed above.
The bad news is that none of these will overclock better than any each other or any other brand. What they will do, however, is hold their clocks better. The maximum clock they'll hit won't change, but you'll see it more often.
This is why the recommendation in the TBG build guides is updated regularly with the best in-stock models from one of these manufacturers. Right now, in Canada, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC from Amazon.ca
is the best deal going among these manufacturers. That can change at any time as various 1070 models go in and out of stock, and as I can't monitor the Canadian market on a daily basis, if you're not buying now, you might want to do your own price and stock comparisons later on.