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Edit: Incorrect.
Edited by AMC - 7/22/11 at 11:32am
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I really don't mind a MIR. If it's the same exact price after MIR and one has a lifetime warranty and the other a 2 year ... why not? Or does that Lightning have some pcb differences that make it better (stock cooling not considered since I'll be watercooling)?

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They are pretty comparable at 2560x1600. What resolution do you prefer to play at? At 1080p I would just go with the cheapest one since they are all so close in performance and the extra VRAM of the 6970 won't really make a difference. That review doesn't show a 480 but you can assume it's going to be fairly similar to the 570.

Best GTX480 for water cooling (reference) and it has lifetime warranty. $299 shipped.

I do like that Lightning for $329 though, if you aren't watercooling go with that one.
Was looking at the pics of that 480 you linked, and this card looks identical to the EVGA one I posted above (and also has lifetime warranty) for $30 less ... could it be the same exact card just with a different badge and 25mhz lower clock? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500156

In regards to the 6970, I know they're just as good (if not actually slightly better) when you're not OC'ing ... when when you take into account the lack of OC headroom, doesn't that make them worse? I game at 1920 x 1200. No plans for multi-monitor or sli/xfire

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Stay away from Zotac. Their lifetime warranty is not lifetime. Someone posted here before stating that the warranty is for the life of the card in production or in stock.
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GTX480 all the way,especially if/when watercooled..

My GTX480 hits 850MHz on air w/ 1075mV ,with wc it would do 900MHz+ easily..

Extra ROP's,386bit memory interface and 1.5GB of VRAM are FTW..


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GTX480 all the way,especially if/when watercooled..

My GTX480 hits 850MHz on air w/ 1075mV ,with wc it would do 900MHz+ easily..

Extra ROP's,386bit memory interface and 1.5GB of VRAM are FTW..


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Nice. I notice you have the Zotac card we're talking about in post #12. Can you offer any input on the warranty issue as well as whether it's the same exact card as the EVGA one just with a different badge / 25mhz lower clock?
    
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I was referring to PNY's shady warranty policy. Disregard comment about Zotac.
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I was referring to PNY's shady warranty policy. Disregard comment about Zotac.
Yeah, just did a search. Seems like Zotac's is similar to EVGA's:

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...-warranty.html
    
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Nice. I notice you have the Zotac card we're talking about in post #12. Can you offer any input on the warranty issue as well as whether it's the same exact card as the EVGA one just with a different badge / 25mhz lower clock?
Zotac offers 3year extended warranty if you register the card within 14 days from the day of the purchase..

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ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited, a leading NVIDIA AIC, today announced a new extended product warranty for its motherboards and graphics cards, adding an additional 3 years of warranty to the regular 2 year warranty for customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia. The extended warranty guarantees ZOTAC products are free of material and workmanship defects for a total 5 years. Under the new warranty terms, the product is warranted through the original reseller for the first 2 years, which means ZOTAC owners can take their graphics card back to its original place of purchase. After 2 years, but before 5 years, owners can contact ZOTAC directly for warranty repairs.
“ZOTAC is confident in the quality of our products. Our new extended warranty shows we’re ready to go above and beyond the typical minimum 2-year warranty terms to support our loyal customer base,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited.
The ZOTAC extended warranty goes into effect as soon as the customer purchases the ZOTAC product, seeks to register it with ZOTAC, and maintain a copy of the sales receipt.
North America and China regions excluded.
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  • ZOTAC extended warranty adds an additional 3 years to the regular 2-year warranty for customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia.
  • First 2 years through original reseller
  • After 2 years through ZOTAC directly
  • User must register product

Dunno about USA/Canada warranty conditions though..



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6970/570/580 all are great, they have great processing power. Sadly these days, thx to bad developers, game developers are focusing on textures to improve/separate the quality from consoles. Games dont need horsepower, they need a big sadle.

What i mean is, more vram the better. Go with 480 when overclocked it can go up to 850-900mhz, which will closely resemble a similar oced 570. But in alot of cases the 480 will have higher min fps, thus smoother gameplay. And you will not run out of vram...
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Yes they are the exact same card, it is the GTX480 reference design. Just different BIOS that's why the core speed is different.

If you are watercooling I would think a 6970 would have greater headroom when compared to air, but I don't know first hand.
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