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Does anyone have any experience with EVGA B-Stock graphics cards?

I was looking at a new EVGA GTX 460 on newegg for $160. I noticed though that EVGA B-Stock has the GTX 470 for the same price, with free shipping also.

I know EVGA gives you a 90 day warranty, but is it worth it to stoop for a B-stock card? I know the GTX 470 performs notably better, at least in benchmarks.

newegg.com GTX 460

evga.com B-stock GTX 470
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Friend bought a GTX 580 from it, looked brand new, and worked awesomely.



Dont fret it, buy it!
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I also have been looking at the GTX470 on there to go SLI cheap. I have seen multiple threads on here asking if B stock was good and so far everyone has been very pleased with it. EVGA has a much more rigorous refurb/testing program than places like newegg so you are much more likely to get a good product.
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If it doesn't fail within 90 days chances are it won't fail anytime soon. If you're short on cash go for the b-stock, you won't regret it.
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The only thing that worries me about B-Stock is that all those cards have died once already, then they refurb them, and sell them with a gimped warranty. They don't change everything out when they refurbish something. Ussually just what is broken. So if the VRMs blew up they might just change the VRMs. That doesn't change the fact that for a split second the card was probable getting too much power.

I think I'd feel better if the dropped the price a bit more and only had a 30 day warranty. If something lasts 30 days it probably will make it 90 too.

So it is just a gamble. I do not believe I have ever seen a thread here on OCN from some one that got a bad card from B-Stock though.
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I was looking at the (now deactivated) EVGA GTX 470 on Newegg, and it looks it even brand new that card had some issues... There were at least 3-4 one egg reviews just on the first page, which makes me a bit leery. Overall, it got 4 eggs but still...

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
The only thing that worries me about B-Stock is that all those cards have died once already, then they refurb them, and sell them with a gimped warranty. They don't change everything out when they refurbish something. Ussually just what is broken. So if the VRMs blew up they might just change the VRMs. That doesn't change the fact that for a split second the card was probable getting too much power.

I think I'd feel better if the dropped the price a bit more and only had a 30 day warranty. If something lasts 30 days it probably will make it 90 too.

So it is just a gamble. I do not believe I have ever seen a thread here on OCN from some one that got a bad card from B-Stock though.
I don't think they repair gfx cards very often, unless it's something exceptionally simple to fix. It's too much work/cost in most cases to be worthwhile, plus they're aware of the risk you speak of. I really don't think they'd ever replace blown VRM's.

The evga b-stock are more likely to be returns from step-ups than repairs, IMHO.
    
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
The evga b-stock are more likely to be returns from step-ups than repairs, IMHO.
YEP! or returns!
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