Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic
Its not that. Its that EVGA has the Step-Up program. Which is something that no other vendor offers. And it is a spectacular way of being able to upgrade your card, rather than trying to somehow get a buyer on here, Craigslist, etc.
As someone who was (technically still is) in line for the step-up program it's really not all it's cracked up to be. In over 2 months after the 780 launched, EVGA had released less than 90 cards for step-ups in the US. Just this week they approved another 50, including mine, but I've been at status "pending" for 48hrs now... meh. And all that is for a generic reference card, the same that you can get from any other manufacturer.
For people in position 200+ they might not see their cards for months yet, and of course the price difference you pay is based off the original MSRP, regardless of changes in the marketplace.
I guess if you're really strapped for cash and not in a hurry to upgrade it might be worthwhile, but I don't think I'll be using it again.
And their warranty is pretty much peerless.
It used to be. Now you have to pay upfront for extended coverage and the opportunity to cross ship. Not that that's unreasonable, but it doesn't really seem to go above and beyond what other partners offer.
I don't really see EVGA as inherently better than any of the other big partners.