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So I am debating right now between a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi and eVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS SuperClocked. Though if I go for the Gigabyte it is $50 cheaper than the eVGA. $250 for evga and $200 for gigabyte. Though evga comes with a better warranty too.

My needs are mostly for adobe software (premiere, photoshop, aftereffects, flash) and 3dsmax. I hear CUDA cores are used quite a bit in some adobe programs. Also I noticed The gigabyte has OpenGL 4.1, where as the evGA has 4.0.

I was thinking of the Msi Hawk 560 ti as it has a higher speed, but it's sold out and I hear a lot of people complained about how loud it is... so those 2 above are ones I am thinking of currently.

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Both cards should support OpenGL 4.1, that is a feature of the GTX 560ti. Wherever you read the EVGA one only had support for 4.0 was a misprint. I personally would go with EVGA, I love their customer support, and their cards have always been good to me.
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Those vendors/cards: SHOUT OUT for EVGA!.

Gigabyte is a good company, not taking anything away from them but EVGA is great all around from products, support, web forum & warranty 11 years strong. EVGA FTW, no contest.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS is a better card IMO for those above reasons and EVGA really stands behind thier products without hassel.

If you can't tell I love my EVGA for Nvidia products just like I stood behind Sapphire for ATI for many years. I find a company vendor for many reasons and the one that's better all around gets my dollar when making a purchase.

You mentioned the 560Ti Hawk...I've also heard they are loud. Another good option and better than the Gigabyte card would be an MSI GTX 560Ti Twinfrozr II card which are quite.

Performance wise it compares on par with an AMD 6950. Both heavily over clocked or even with the 6950 unlocked and the 560Ti heavily over clocked, neck and neck. Where one wins the other is close behind and vice versa. Niether runs away from the other in performance.

Good luck and let us know how you ended up going once you pull the trigger.
     
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I'm also an eVGA fanboy but if money is tight then going with the Gigabyte is just fine.

I believe Gigabyte has a 3 year warranty as compared to EVGA's lifetime, but in reality - how often are you going to have the same graphics card for more than 3 years?
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I have an EVGA card and a GA MoBo and am happy with both. For $50 I'd probably go with the Gigabyte.
Edited by BillOhio - 10/23/11 at 6:39am
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EVGA is a nice company, just got a new card back from RMA, took about 3 weeks from the day I shipped it. Bear in mind that it was first shipped to caseking, germany and after to EVGA
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I don't think I'd get EVGA based on the lackluster warranty. It sucks that you must be the original owner, must have the receipt and not have obtained the product outside of retail.

If you want to sell your card after a year or 2. You basically can't unless you're willing to support the person you sold it too. As for customer support, they are indeed, great. But I wouldn't want to EVER deal with customer support. The card should simply work and not have any issues out of it. I have yet to use warranty/customer support for a failed card or one with problems.

I have used the warranty/customer support for selling and transfer warranty process in which EVGA sucks at.... and yes, I have an EVGA card and yes, I'd like to have warranty on it, and I don't because I bought it off of ebay for a decent deal.

If I didn't get the deal, I would of went with another GPU manufacturer

EDIT: But if you plan on not selling and you obtain it from a place like Newegg. You won't have any issues with them, I'm just saying this based on future experience. If you go through hardware a lot like I do. They are a pain
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post #8 of 21
EVGA and register it for lifetime warranty.
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Here's a recent thread as of today which is the type of constant theme with EVGA and their warranty standing behind their products.

My Worst Nightmare... Has Come True - though his nightmare came true, EVGA came through.
     
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If you go EVGA for the warranty, you might want to check the serial number for the code to make sure you get the lifetime warranty. Here's from the EVGA site:

Products purchased ON or AFTER November 1, 2006 MUST be registered within 30 days of the ORIGINAL DATE OF PURCHASE to receive EVGA's Free Extended Warranty. All products not registered within 30 days will ONLY receive a 1 year limited warranty. Refer to the following suffix guide to identify the length of your warranty:

Limited Lifetime: -A1, -A2, -A3, -A4, -AR, -AX, -CR, -CX, -DX, -FR, -FX, -SG, -SX
Limited 5 Year: -GR
Limited 3 Year: -K1, -K2, -KB, -KR (Before 1/1/11)
Limited 2 Year: -LA, -LE, -LR, -LX, -T1, -T2, -TR, -TX
Limited 1 Year: -B1, -BR, -BX, -DR
Limited 90 Day: -RX (Recertified parts)


I have had nothing but good experiences with the EVGA warranty, I've had to use it a couple times.
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