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i went from an evga gtx 580 to a sparkle gtx 580 since i found the sparkle card for $380. the difference is significant. the sparkle had bad looking soldering and it runs alot hotter with the same clocks as my evga card.
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NO reference cards are not all the same IMHO.

Depending on manufactoring, companies like zotac who undersell cards by $100 e.g the 580 GTX go the cheapest possible route by cutting manufacturing costs, choosing GPU's and components that are low quality so they can sell for less.

Zotac is garbage, honestly I won't touch them or /Palit/PNY/Leadtek/Galaxy/Gainward. Reason why Zotac has a good RMA service is because their cards break down so much.
completely wrong. Reference cards are what Nvidia sells to them with reference boards. Not like the modified Palit ones. I hear more Asus failures than Zotac's.
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NO reference cards are not all the same IMHO.

Depending on manufactoring, companies like zotac who undersell cards by $100 e.g the 580 GTX go the cheapest possible route by cutting manufacturing costs, choosing GPU's and components that are low quality so they can sell for less.

Zotac is garbage, honestly I won't touch them or /Palit/PNY/Leadtek/Galaxy/Gainward. Reason why Zotac has a good RMA service is because their cards break down so much.
Still going on about this huh?

As it was discussed in the other thread, reference is reference. If you cut corners, it's not a reference card. The last manufacturer that tried to pull the very stunt you are insinuating got blacklisted by Nvidia - you know, the one that offers those Double Lifetime warranties?

You feel like you got burned - we get it. But you never answered whether if you even bothered to play with the voltages to keep the card stable, like everyone else has been doing.

@ Gamerface

They are good cards, but the AMP! edition cards may need to have the voltages adjusted to keep them stable at their factory clocks (as mentioned above). Other than that, they are a good bunch. Their customer service is quick and responsive, should you need any further assistance, and they do come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty as well if the card is registered within the first 30 days of ownership.
     
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I had 3 cards in Tri Sli, in my old X58 motherboard. Two of these were Zotac, and the other was an Asus card.

The Asus card went faulty after 8 months, and both of the Zotacs are still running nicely after 1 years and 3 months of use.

All cards were overclocked to 750 core, and the Zotac's still are.
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I have two Zotac GTX 580 AMP edition cards. They are great, but I do have the issue where voltage has to be increased in order to become stable in DX11 games. 1.025 is the sweet spot. Factory is 1.000

Be advised, Zotac is NOWHERE near EVGA's customer service. I submitted three tickets to Zotac, only one got answered, the other two ignored. I and many others posted on their support forums, to no solid answer. If you read on Zotac's forums, it is absolutely plastered with complaints regarding not getting their mail in rebates....honestly, If I had a chance to go back and switch to evga, I probably would have....but since I can't, I'm going to have to stick it out with this one....I have my eyes focused extremely sharp on Zotac. If they screw me up, I will MAKE sure to let everybody know not to buy Zotac
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NO reference cards are not all the same IMHO.

Depending on manufactoring, companies like zotac who undersell cards by $100 e.g the 580 GTX go the cheapest possible route by cutting manufacturing costs, choosing GPU's and components that are low quality so they can sell for less.

Zotac is garbage, honestly I won't touch them or /Palit/PNY/Leadtek/Galaxy/Gainward. Reason why Zotac has a good RMA service is because their cards break down so much.
You my friend, require to do some reading up. I've owned so many zotacs and they've never given me any problem. You must just have bad luck.
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You my friend, require to do some reading up. I've owned so many 3 zotacs and they've never given me any problem. You must just have bad luck.
dont worry about him...he was causing a ruckus in my thread a few weeks back...he simply doesn't know what he is talking about....lets not feed the troll
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Hello, i have a zotac gtx580 amp and run like hell, im on water at 920 mhz coreclock and runs under 60c load.. Is a great card


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