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I had a feeling that people will say EVGA, definitely hear A LOT of rave reviews when it comes to that brand. Will be looking into it for sure.

I think ASUS makes good components, but as soon as you deal with returns or RMAs, get ready to tear your hair out.

I had the WORST customer service with ASUS, and after that experience I would stay away from ASUS, unless I'm selling GPUs with no return policy. Since dealing with those guys was A COMPLETE disaster.

I was returning my Sabertooth 990 FX board for replacement, and it took 3 weeks, and no proper callbacks, 1+ hours of hold is normal. And not being able to reach anyone who speaks English properly. Like the components, DO NOT like their customer service. Then they sent me the board with a screw missing from my motherboard brackets, and brackets were not even tightened, so the screws were just banging against the motherboard in transit. It was just tied to 1 screw.

I wrote to them for weeks with 1 out 10 emails answered on average, within 2 week period from actual tech support or customer service telling me to wait with no ETA. So never again as an end-user, unless I'm getting a killer deal. When I bought their GPU for a short term replacement, I kept getting black screens on their R9 290 4Gb card every 2 minutes, and it pretty much rendered my opinion as a NEVER AGAIN for spending money on their GPUs. That GPU went back to the store next day.

Couple of my buddies dealt with Asus and just gave up on RMA completely.

I know the accents were Asian, not Indian, so I bet they outsource somewhere there. When I got an American rep she confirmed that they outsource all calls after 3 PM Pacific (I believe)



MSI is another brand I need to research for sure, since you guys mentioned it. Saphire seems to get good reviews as well.
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I've had my issues with ASUS as mentioned. I opted out of the RMA process and simply took a hit in restocking and switched completely.

Sapphire is an excellent brand, but they're a board partner for AMD only.

Also, I should've mentioned this, if you're looking at a 970/980 then EVGA may not be a good option, unless they've fixed the issue they had with the ACX 2.0 cooler. The G1 gaming from Gigabyte are good options.

Edit: EVGA also a nice little "step up" program. Essentially a trade program that allows you to go to the newer tech. It does have stipulations of course. I also appreciate their packaging. It always feels premium and I never suffer from buyers remorse partially because of that. thumb.gif
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EVGA and PNY. can't be those two.
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EVGA and MSI are go to for me. Asus = stay far away. Gigabyte and PNY are also fine.
 
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Since the 4xx series. All my cards have been through EVGA. Really simple RMA process. Having them down the street helps too. Especially with shipping costs thumb.gif
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Evga and Gigabyte
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I always tend to buy Asus cards because they have a sexy backplate, a good price, good performance. Though, I have dealt with their customer support and they told me, an American, to "clean teh golden connectors with a rubber". Glad I didn't follow that one. A rubber is britisth slang for eraser, apparently, and based on teh accent I'm thinking it might have been Indian tech support.

Did that guy just tell me to clean off my GPU with a jimmy hat?


Oh, and I'm not buying a high end GPU that doesn't include a backplate. Asus wins here.
     
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Did that guy just tell me to clean off my GPU with a jimmy hat?


Oh, and I'm not buying a high end GPU that doesn't include a backplate. Asus wins here.

Doesn't Gigabyte have backplates on their G1 versions?
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Evga for reference, Gigabyte for non-reference.

Asus and MSI are dead to me since they started putting "Warranty Void If Removed" stickers on their cards.
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Doesn't Gigabyte have backplates on their G1 versions?

They do
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Doesn't Gigabyte have backplates on their G1 versions?

Yea, but I find those windforce GPU ugly. I just can't do anything with them.

Mainly I mean that Asus seems to always have the back plate at the higher end. Least now.
     
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