Originally Posted by Alexxfox
Where did you purchase your card?
I got my asus top in Germany, and it crashed at stock;) so US-bad cards theory might be wrong
well it seems that the cooler of the asus direct cu is quieter and cooler than the giga cooler.
but for the performance I wouldn' expect much more of the asus non-top than your 1190Mhz.
So I am not sure if its worth the risk of a crashing card
My Asus top got a boost from 1200Mhz and 46.5 Fps at Heaven on stock settings. But crashed at bf3, and was only stable at -20Mhz below stock settings.
Have you tested your giga card at heaven on full settings yet?
I dunno about the Asus really being any cooler and quieter than the GB ... put it this way, if there's a difference, it's trivial. Both cards use use custom-designed 3-heatpipe direct-contact coolers with similar fin-array size, both made by Coolermaster.
And I can OC my GB to 1367/3500(1.175V) and keep it under 70C while running dead silent relative to my case fans ... and my case fans all run at very low speeds as they're on fan control.
At this point I would recommend to anyone that if they're gonna order the DCII, just get the regular one. If you already ordered a TOP you might as well try it (unless opening it costs you something) when it comes, but I wouldn't keep it past the allowed (retail) return date if it crashes on stock ... it may be worth waiting that amount of time to see if Asus admits and fixes the problem though.
Originally Posted by xpinsx
You may try Tiger Direct as well, or even NCIX. They may have them in stock and those are both Newegg caliber companies from what I hear, although I've never personally dealt with them.
Can't speak for NCIX, but TigerDirect is most definitely NOT newegg caliber
Originally Posted by keesgelder
and the gigabyte is really too ugly for me (I've been putting a lot of effort into aesthetics)
Click on my sig rig picture for a pretty good look at a gigabyte installed ... in my case, even with a flash photo and taking the shot from the top side of the card, the blue board isn't even noticeable. And aside from the blue board, there's nothing wrong with how it looks IMHO. I actually think it looks pretty slick, myself. And one could always get a backplate Edited by brettjv - 6/2/12 at 7:50am