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Hey guys

I had an unfortunate experience. Had a house break-in and as you can guess, my "other wife" is gone.

I am now. Looking at replacement parts but I am a bit hung up on the graphics card. I had an Asus GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II OC ("OG", not TOP) after I experienced a lot of issues with MSI Power Edition OCs - random display driver crashes (causing hanging, crash to desktop etc) when card is pushed in games at factory OC clocks. Had one replacement, same thing. The 3rd attempt I had the latest replacement tested before potentially taking it, only to find that it too behaved the same. In my opinion, the MSI PE OCs are clocked too high because if I under-clocked the GPU by only 30Mhz, the issue went away. Possibly related to this as well: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX-660-670-overvolting-PowerEdition,18013.html

Good riddance to MSI. Anyway, I am steering off topic...

I am struggling to source stock on the newer Asus GTX 770 Direct CU II OC and non-OC SKUs. Cost is significantly high as well. Our exchange rate is killing me.

I can get a Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce OC for much cheaper than the out of stock and expensive Asus.

Are Gigabyte cards any good? Please keep in mind I am not interested in MSI.

Thanks
Edited by CTV - 8/9/13 at 10:14am
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Gigabyte is pretty good, yes.
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Yes. They are very good cards and their Windforce cooler solution is one of the best on the market for air cooling. And it's quiet as heck.
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My GTX 680 is a windforce OC edition. It's the quietest and coolest card I have ever owned. I don't think I have ever seen the fan go above 52% even on full load. and Temps never got above 65C
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Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic View Post

Yes. They are very good cards and their Windforce cooler solution is one of the best on the market for air cooling. And it's quiet as heck.

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Originally Posted by Analog View Post

Gigabyte is pretty good, yes.

Thanks for the quick replies guys. My concerns with any other brand other than Asus, including Gigabyte (don't care about MSI) are:

1.) Support in my country. Gigabyte does have a big presence (distributors) and representation in my country, but as far as I know, they do not have their own offices that can provide direct support as well like Asus in case the distribution channel support gives one hassles or does not have stock for warranty claim replacements as an example
2.) Past experience with any other brand like MSI has given me resistance to other brands
3.) The specific Gigabyte model is quite a bit higher factory OC than the Asus OC equivalent. My worry is that it will be another MSI repeat where down-clocking or credit was my only options after the whole fiasco
4.) Purely cosmetic, but I really like Asus' back plate on their cards. At least the new Gigabyte's PCB is no longer that horrible blue color and now black which makes is much easier to fit into a specific color scheme one might try to establish in one's build
5.) Reliability. Asus has served me well over the years. None of the products purchased have gone faulty. How well is Gigabyte doing in this regard?
Edited by CTV - 8/9/13 at 10:43am
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Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic View Post

Yes. They are very good cards and their Windforce cooler solution is one of the best on the market for air cooling. And it's quiet as heck.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Analog View Post

Gigabyte is pretty good, yes.

Thanks for the quick replies guys. My concerns with any other brand other than Asus, including Gigabyte (don't care about MSI) are:

1.) Support in my country. Gigabyte does have a big presence (distributors) and representation in my country, but as far as I know, they do not have their own offices that can provide direct support as well like Asus in case the distribution channel support gives one hassles or does not have stock for warranty claim replacements as an example
2.) Past experience with any other brand like MSI has given me resistance to other brands
3.) The specific Gigabyte model is quite a bit higher factory OC than the Asus OC equivalent. My worry is that it will be another MSI repeat where down-clocking or credit was my only options after the whole fiasco
4.) Purely cosmetic, but I really like Asus' back plate on their cards. At least the new Gigabyte's PCB is no longer that horrible blue color and now black which makes is much easier to fit into a specific color scheme one might try to establish in one's build
5.) Reliability. Asus has served me well over the years. None of the products purchased have gone faulty. How well is Gigabyte doing in this regard?

I mean no offence, but if you're an asus fanboy, just get an asus card.
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Thanks for the quick replies guys. My concerns with any other brand other than Asus, including Gigabyte (don't care about MSI) are:

1.) Support in my country. Gigabyte does have a big presence (distributors) and representation in my country, but as far as I know, they do not have their own offices that can provide direct support as well like Asus in case the distribution channel support gives one hassles or does not have stock for warranty claim replacements as an example
2.) Past experience with any other brand like MSI has given me resistance to other brands
3.) The specific Gigabyte model is quite a bit higher factory OC than the Asus OC equivalent. My worry is that it will be another MSI repeat where down-clocking or credit was my only options after the whole fiasco
4.) Purely cosmetic, but I really like Asus' back plate on their cards. At least the new Gigabyte's PCB is no longer that horrible blue color and now black which makes is much easier to fit into a specific color scheme one might try to establish in one's build
5.) Reliability. Asus has served me well over the years. None of the products purchased have gone faulty. How well is Gigabyte doing in this regard?

My Gigabyte 7870 is pretty reliable, as well as my Gigabyte board. No issues with either so I would say both are reliable.
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I mean no offence, but if you're an asus fanboy, just get an asus card.

None taken. Yeah I know where you are coming from and I agree, buy as I said, stock availability and price is an issue right now. Sitting without a PC for a week thanks to f$&@en criminals is a HUGE pain. Having to wait who knows how long for stock and at potentially crazy prices thanks to a screwed up exchange rate and over-greedy bastards of supply chains (yeah I am talking to you you despicable distributors, sub-distributors and resellers) trying to screw you for as much $ as possible, I am experiencing a lot of pains.

People in US complain about a so called "ripoff" prices when looking at a say $600 graphics card which by the way is the cost he/she pays to have it delivered to their doorstep. Meanwhile, resellers (not end-user clients) in other countries like here pay anything from $750 to $950 for the same card at a distributor level, keeping in mind that this is not the retail price the average Joe Soap (end-user client) will pay after the reseller has added their cut as well.

Generally I have seen merchandise at a distributor (importer) level here are roughly anything from $50 ( or $100 for higher priced items) to anything in excess of a few hundred dollars more expensive than end-retail in the US! After that the resellers cut gets added and that is what someone like me has to pay. If one is not a registered reseller running a reseller business, the person in the street cannot buy directly from the distributor. Everything pushes prices sky high. It's sickening!
Edited by CTV - 8/10/13 at 7:33am
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