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Poll Results: Which Brand of Gtx 600/500/400/200 did you Choose?

 
  • 22% (28)
    Asus
  • 42% (54)
    Evga
  • 1% (2)
    Galaxy
  • 2% (3)
    Gainward
  • 7% (10)
    Gigabyte
  • 19% (24)
    Msi
  • 0% (0)
    Palit
  • 3% (5)
    Zotac
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post #61 of 77
Wow Evga fan boys I can see buying that brand if your going to put a waterblock on your gpu but thats about it as almost all of their video cards are reference designs.

For air cooling non reference designs have noticeably better temps and in the case of many non reference designs now available, component quality is better than reference designs as well.

I went with MSI as their twin frozr 4 non reference design has great cooling and component quality on both Nvidia and AMD video cards.
Edited by DoktorCreepy - 9/18/12 at 2:58am
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post #62 of 77
My GTX 465 unlocked to 470 is Point Of View, that was only brand in Europe that had almost guaranteed bios unlock. Generally I buy something with great cooler and decent price, brand doesn't matter that much. Of course I value long warranty of Asus, MSI and Gigabyte.

I don't like Evga that much, they almost always use subpar reference coolers and their custom ones are loud and expensive. It's best choice if you want to watercool but I'm not interested in that atm.
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post #63 of 77
I went with a Gainward GTX 570 Phantom, as the aftermarket cooling performs extremely well, and is very quiet. Mine idles at as low as ­­25C, and is completely inaudible over my other components.
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post #64 of 77
I see some missing European brands on the list. Where's Point Of View and Club3D ?

Another one would be Sparkle

I chose Club3D for my GTX 670 since I needed reference design cards and also the cheapest GTX 670 around, and the fact I had Club3D GeForce 6600GT and Club3D X1800XT cards previously with good results wink.gif
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post #65 of 77
I Choose Nvidia...though not for any real reason. I got a great deal on my Hydrocopper 2 I guess. It cost me roughly the same as a regular 580 and a full water block...but the Hydrocopper edition is like sex for the eyes. thumb.gif

Though I have to say I've had nothing but good luck with Evga products. I've RMA'ed two items to them over the last six years or so and both went quickly. It has really been accident that every Nvidia GPU I've had has come from Evga though. Just the way sales or rebates worked out. Though I would definitely pay a few dollars more for a Evga than a something like a Zotac or Sparkle.
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post #66 of 77
Gainward, because i got very sick of MSI and their ridiculously slow and problematic customer service, during 6months i had 3 of their cards and 4 of those months was at their rma department. Never again MSI for me. Might be better customer service in another country though.

Chose Gainward because i got a cheap used one and bought another one for two reasons. Their phantom cards is great looking and their customer service is one of the best I've ever dealt with, direct response to questions and replying to emails usually was in a few hrs. Next graphics card will def be a Gainward unless anyone has a really good reason not to get them.
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post #67 of 77
MSI. Great VRM and cooler. Nuff said.
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post #68 of 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hokies83 View Post

Ok from the posts so far i take it like this.
Most important reasons for your brand choices.
1 Customer Service
2 Word of mouth Recommendation
What if another company could give you the same level of customer service as the top brand in our poll and there cards were on Avg 20$ cheaper and performed just aswell and in some cases better?
Would this in anyway effect the choices of your next Gpu purchase ?

Customer Service and RMA are #1 importance to me. I don't want to ship out of country or have to pay for RMA's. For this reason I have chosen MSI being Canadian. If another company had RMA center in Canada with equal customer service and 20 dollars cheaper I would definitely be willing to try them out in the future. They are all nvidia/amd gpu's anyways. I'm not fully stuck on any brand.
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post #69 of 77
I recently bought an ASUS GTX670 DCII (non-TOP) mostly for technical reasons although it is probably the most expensive GTX670 you can buy. It is running cool and extremely quiet, even when running Furmark/MSI Kombustor. I simply didn't want something like this disturb my gaming experience. I have to say, the DirectCU II cooler keeps its promise very well.
Edited by VikingGe - 9/18/12 at 11:45am
post #70 of 77
I'm gonna add a bit more opinions what i think of when choosing a graphics card.

1. Customer service.

This is very important. I haven't had a lot of bad luck with components but when you do you want it sorted out as soon as possible. For example when filling out an RMA it would be nice to instantly to get an automated reply so you know it got through to the company. Then it shouldn't take more than a few days to get an answer, even if its just saying its under inspection or whatever. And a really big NO is sending the same part back with the same fault as it got sent.

Even having a rep here at OCN helps a lot as long as he actually contributes and helps out with bad RMA's. This is a big plus (at least for me)

2. Word of mouth. As said in a lot of posts this means a lot. I trust the people here at OCN more than reviews on a lot of sites. These people here have genuine experiences of the actual product and will tell you the real deal.

3. Design. A lot of the people here love the computers and want their PC looking nice after spending a lot of money on it.
For example, if i would be buying a GPU now for the current mod competition i'm working on I wouldn't hesitate on buying the Galaxy Gtx 680 SOC White PCB, just because the white PCB. I could live with it being a bit more expensive than other manufacturers, i could live with a bit more noise, less overclocking just for the white PCB. So design is very important, at lest for me smile.gif

4. Noise. No-one wants a noisy computer and everyone can't afford water cooling. If i was gonna leave it air cooled this would be very important for me.

5. Waterblocks. As you might know a lot of us watercool the gpu's. So this would be the first thing to look into for me. If there wasn't a water-block for it i wouldn't buy one smile.gif

6. Price. This is of course important but as every other thing you buy there are always options. I don't mind paying a bit of extra to get what i want. This doesn't mean that i would pay 100€ more for a white pcb (probably would tongue.gif). normally all the different manufacturers stay pretty close to each other which i'm happy with smile.gif

These are not in any particular order, i think its always a bit of a shuffle between these points for me when i am going to buy a new graphics card.
But the Waterblocks for me is a dealbreaker, 2nd place is customerservice/design ( i wouldn't mind taking a gamble on customer service if i get a great looking card) and as always every company has bad RMA's, its just the personal ones that stick with you. At least i know a company i wouldn't buy from again just due to a bad RMA and i'm not hesitant to tell people when they ask for advice.

Anyways, better stop rambling. Oh, and these are just my opinions and not anyone elses.

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