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Seriously? For the amount of money we spend on our video cards, eVGA is trying to ream us out by paying extra for something that honestly should be INCLUDED with the video card because these things run so hot. So if something like this is that beneficial, why screw the customer over and make us pay and install it completely seperately?

Make me think about returning my GTX 570 and going back to Radeon to be honest....


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post #2 of 55
there is a section for this, http://www.overclock.net/rants-raves/
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post #3 of 55
i agree... also, they look super cool! obviously should be included!
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post #4 of 55
If the backplate is important enough to you to switch then.... do it?

I got a backplate included and it looks pretty sweet.
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post #5 of 55
EVGA bucks upsets the cost of backplates+high flow brackets, least in my case it did.
post #6 of 55
I'm totally new to this so can someone explain the big deal about eVGA products?
As far as I can see their 580 is just the reference one with a sticker on it.

Do they cherry pick the chips?

I went with GTX580 DirectCU II because it looks like an engineer has sat down and tries to improve on the standard densign. And saved a tenner in the process
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post #7 of 55
They're not even part of the reference design, why should they be automatically included if they're not needed to run the card?
 
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post #8 of 55
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Originally Posted by 0Amadeus0 View Post
I'm totally new to this so can someone explain the big deal about eVGA products?
As far as I can see their 580 is just the reference one with a sticker on it.

Do they cherry pick the chips?

I went with GTX580 DirectCU II because it looks like an engineer has sat down and tries to improve on the standard densign. And saved a tenner in the process
EVGA has the best customer service on the green side and they have a lifetime warranty that isn't a scam. For the most part they do just sell reference though.

I don't like the DCII To be honest. It takes up 3 slots and looks ugly as sin IMO.
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post #9 of 55
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Originally Posted by 0Amadeus0 View Post
I'm totally new to this so can someone explain the big deal about eVGA products?
As far as I can see their 580 is just the reference one with a sticker on it.

Do they cherry pick the chips?

I went with GTX580 DirectCU II because it looks like an engineer has sat down and tries to improve on the standard densign. And saved a tenner in the process
It brings joy and a smile to me to know that I'm not the only one who thinks this way
 
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post #10 of 55
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Originally Posted by 0Amadeus0 View Post
I'm totally new to this so can someone explain the big deal about eVGA products?
As far as I can see their 580 is just the reference one with a sticker on it.

Do they cherry pick the chips?

I went with GTX580 DirectCU II because it looks like an engineer has sat down and tries to improve on the standard densign. And saved a tenner in the process
You're mostly paying for a very reputable brand name that is known for good customer service and typically comes with a limited lifetime warranty (if you buy the "-AR" SKU's). Most of their lineup are indeed reference cards, but recently they have released their top end cards - the Classified lineup - which, are not reference, and are made to be overclocked above and beyond a typical reference card.

To the OP, I agree that they should have come with the card, but it really isn't "necessary" as part of the cooling package. It makes no difference temperature wise, unlike when they actually helped with the hotter GTX 480. The only area where it may help is to keep the card from bowing due to its weight and lack of support. Other than that, it just looks good.

Think of it this way, at least EVGA offers a backplate. Other companies who also sell reference 580's don't even offer the option. In fact, the only 580 that comes to mind that even comes with a backplate is the Asus DCII.
     
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