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8800GTS 640, EVGA or XFX?

post #1 of 10
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hi guy im planning to get a 8800GTS 640mb, should i get the XFX or EVGA?
what are the pros and cons of both? thanks!!+rep
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post #2 of 10
Just a small thought from personal experience. XFX cards are tanks. I have an old 7600GS that literally got kicked around on the ground after I upgraded, than I had to put it back in while I RMA'd my X1950Pro and it still worked like a charm. I know EVGA is a good brand as well, just no experience with them.
post #3 of 10
I think, evga is a little bit better in performance, what I noticed in some benchmarks...but correct me if I'm wrong.
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post #4 of 10
I'd suggest EVGA from experience. I've bought 3 of there 320mb GTS and 2 GTX and have had nothing but success with them in stability and OCing ability. Just my opinion
post #5 of 10
EVGA beats XFX just a slight bit, but those two are 2 of the best brand, so it's hard to really say.
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EVGA (when I last checked) seems to be less expensive, but XFX has a good warranty and sexy looking cards.
    
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What about XFX double life time thing? anyone know more on that?
If i buy an EVGA card from someone here on the forums, i cant rma can i?
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post #8 of 10
I just got my EVGA 640mb, I am happy with it... packaging is nice, good quality, etc. I kind of like the artwork on the XFX cards better but that probably only matters if you have a Lian-li with a window.

One thing that I have noticed though about the evga cards is that they seem to run hotter than others, I idle at 65-70C and load at 75-80C. Now I don't think the tempuratures are actually different between brands, but I think that somehow maybe the evga measures the diodes more accurately?

Some of the temps I have seen people post with stock coolers are either outright lies, or their cards are not measuring accurately, because when a card draws a certain amount of power at a given effeciency, it has to dissipate a certain amount of heat, period.

I actually like my cpu/gpu to read high because then I am never worried whether I actually am in the safe zone or not.
post #9 of 10
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i wont have to worry about that since im using water cooling and a full coverage EK block
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post #10 of 10
One advantage to buying an EVGA is the ability to upgrade should you so desire through their step-up program (http://evga.com/stepup/).

On the other hand, XFX has a killer warranty from what I've heard from friends, I don't personally know as I've never purchased an XFX before. To my knowledge, their double lifetime warranty means that a lifetime warranty applies to the original owner, as well as another owner should the original owner sell/trade the card.

As far as quality goes, they're both well-known, reputable brands so I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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