I'm about to buying the graphics card for my new PC and can't make my mind up about which one I should get.
First of all, let me state that I'm not considering the red side, because I plan on getting the Asus PG278Q Rog Swift monitor in June and have interest in G-Sync. Next, I only mentioned the Asus DirectCU II and EVGA SC ACX versions because these fit inside my budget and, as far as I know, ASUS and EVGA are the only two companies who offer a warranty period of 3 years on their graphics cards from the date of purchase in Europe, where I reside.
So, I can get the Asus for 635€ and the EVGA SC ACX for 645€. Which one should I get, considering that I'm building a custom WC in the Enthoo Primo for my CPU and should extend the loop to the VGA in the near future?
From the reviews I've seen, the ACX cooler performs better than the DirectCU II, maintaining lower load temps while making less noise. EVGA even wins in power consumption and comes with a higher OC from factory. The problem is that the Asus has a custom PCB and beefed up VRM, so should have better components, resist higher temps and last longer, theoretically at least. At the same time, I'm quite concerned about the VRM temps close to 100ºC reported by Guru in the Asus card review (the card will be on air in the first months).