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Basically I'm going to be selling my two 1.5gb GTX 580's and upgrading to the 3GB versions, so I can play games at 5760x1080 with high AA. I'm just wondering if there's a particular brand I should choose, I have the choice between Palit, Gainward, Inno3D, EVGA and Zotac. Is there any difference in cooling or issues with certain brands? Right now I'm leaning towards the EVGA ones as my current 580's which are EVGA have performed great.
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The cheapest, simple as that.

There is no performance difference between any of them. The only thing you pay extra money for is the warranty and name on the card (usually the latter).

imo, lifetime warranties are a waste since most manufacturers offer either 2 or 3 year warranties and chances are, that in 3 years time you'll have a new GPU anyway.

So I say just get the cheapest which is usually the Palit or Gainward.
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The cheapest, simple as that.

There is no performance difference between any of them. The only thing you pay extra money for is the warranty and name on the card (usually the latter).

imo, lifetime warranties are a waste since most manufacturers offer either 2 or 3 year warranties and chances are, that in 3 years time you'll have a new GPU anyway.

So I say just get the cheapest which is usually the Palit or Gainward.
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You could look at the new MSI lightning extreme

Might not be the cheapest, but certainly the best
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I would check out the MSI lightning Extreme 3Gb if possible, but out of the options you gave I would go for either the Gainward phantom, or EVGA reference 3Gb. The Phantom for it's better cooler that will be very quiet, and the EVGA for it's warranty or if you want reference design for either compatibility reasons or you want external exhaust. If you don't need those things I personally would go Phantom for it's cooler, just keep in mind it will require 3 slots. The EVGA wouldn't be a bad choice but I would go Phantom.
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The cheapest, simple as that.

There is no performance difference between any of them. The only thing you pay extra money for is the warranty and name on the card (usually the latter).

imo, lifetime warranties are a waste since most manufacturers offer either 2 or 3 year warranties and chances are, that in 3 years time you'll have a new GPU anyway.

So I say just get the cheapest which is usually the Palit or Gainward.
Totally agree, both are pretty good brands as well, just look at the benches but regardless u'll have a monster of a card neways....so in that case it goes to which looks best lol. (then theres always 3 slot vs 2 slot....havent really looked at the cards lol)

Just saw above post....forgot about the lightning extreme lol (HOW COULD I?!?!) but IMO i'd def recommend that over any other card. Personal choice and that it overclocks like a champ (if its like the reg lightning)
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yea get the cheapest ones.......they're stupid expensive as it is......and after bezel correction your res will be around 6000+x1080......in nearly every game i hover around 1500MB used, so 3GB would definitely help
    
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Is there much difference between external exhaust such as in the EVGA card compared to the cooler on the Palit/Gainward Phantom? Other than keeping my feet warm in winter
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Internal exhausts like every card listed except the EVGA will have the GPU core run considerably cooler, at the cost of slightly higher internal case temperatures that may affect your CPU temperatures. External exhaust will dump all the heat outside so it will not affect internal temps but at the cost of a hotter GPU core and a noisier GPU cooler.

Also not to say others have been giving you bad advice, but I would consider all the options and weigh the pros and cons of each before purchasing (which you seem to be trying to do). I would not make my decision of a ~$600 GPU because one is only $580 and the other is ~$610, get the one that will best fit your needs/wants.
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Is there much difference between external exhaust such as in the EVGA card compared to the cooler on the Palit/Gainward Phantom? Other than keeping my feet warm in winter
Seeing as you have the H70 and the HAF X, you don't need to look into external exhaust since you'll have plenty of airflow with your case. If you had been using an air cooler, internal exhausting GPUs would be dumping a lot of their heat into your air cooler.
    
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