So, unfortunately, my Evga GTX 780 SC ACX is only stable to +10MHz or 101 Power Limit. Technically it works fine, but 10MHz is just too little for me to keep this card. Typically when I buy a new GPU, I like to bench the hell out of it and find the max threshold of its abilities. Then I'll set it to stock speeds and enjoy gaming. Once newer games start to come out that start dropping my experience below 30FPS, I would then go to my files, find my OC logs and enable my OC to get me back above 30FPS. This card will never allow that, and may even eventually give out being that it's pretty much at it's limit.
I told Newegg and they are being pretty awesome. They met me in the middle. I pay 15% restocking fee. They pay for shipping. They let me keep the Splinter Cell game and not deducting that from my return credit. Thank you, Newegg! 15% of $669.99 is pretty much %100.00. I don't mind. I did not research the 780's when I first made my purchase. I went the 'lazy man's route' and found the highest rated 780 and clicked buy. Not this time.
Here is where I need y'alls help! I am going to buy a maxed out OC'ed card by default. Warranty, aesthetics and OC are what's important to me. This is what I have to decide from. I will give you guys the most info I can so you don't have to click a bunch of links or Google stuff to help me out. It will all be right below:
Not in any particular orderEVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified
- 729.99 + 5.92 Shipping
Pros: Very active forum and support, 3 year warranty, voltage over 1.2, custom PCB
Cons: Price, Elpida memory supposedlyASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II
- 669.99 + 6.31 Shipping
Pros: Looks fantastic, 3 year warranty, custom PCB, low price, supposedly extra features when paired with a ROG board like my Impact?
Cons: Asus customer service is still pretty bad(huge company so not surprising), Reports of loose heatsinkGalaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF
- 689.99 + 5.92 Shipping
Pros: 3 year warranty, custom PCB, white PCB would look great with my black, red, white theme, extremely high OC
Cons: Hideous "Hall Of Fame" in Fisher Price kid fontZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 780
- 649.99 + 5.67 Shipping
Pros: 5 year warranty, lowest price, another extreme OC
Cons: Orange fans, stock pbc with stock phase?
Other: Don't know Zotac too well. I won't list this as a con, but it could sway me from buyingEdited by Kold - 9/11/13 at 9:57am