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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a first-hand opinion re: Zotac? I bought a reference GTX 570 last week (it was kind of time sensitive, the only 570 they had was a Zotac and I had just sold my 5870 trying to cash in before they see huge drops in Canada as well). I had intended on buying an EVGA just because it seems to be the concensus for best nVidia partner. That said, if I'm not mistaken, the Step-Up program is only valid for 3 months. Early adopters wouldn't really get to take advantage of the program if I understand it correctly. So, Zotac has a 3-year warranty vs. the Lifetime warranty of the EVGA, but there's no way I'll still have the card past the 3-year mark (and if I do, RMAs would be irrelevant).

Anyways, TL;DR: If I don't anticipate being able to use their step-up program and a lifetime warranty isn't necessary, is there any serious disadvantage to purchasing the Zotac card? Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Dyslexyc View Post
Out of curiosity, does anyone have a first-hand opinion re: Zotac? I bought a reference GTX 570 last week (it was kind of time sensitive, the only 570 they had was a Zotac and I had just sold my 5870 trying to cash in before they see huge drops in Canada as well). I had intended on buying an EVGA just because it seems to be the concensus for best nVidia partner. That said, if I'm not mistaken, the Step-Up program is only valid for 3 months. Early adopters wouldn't really get to take advantage of the program if I understand it correctly. So, Zotac has a 3-year warranty vs. the Lifetime warranty of the EVGA, but there's no way I'll still have the card past the 3-year mark (and if I do, RMAs would be irrelevant).

Anyways, TL;DR: If I don't anticipate being able to use their step-up program and a lifetime warranty isn't necessary, is there any serious disadvantage to purchasing the Zotac card? Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
Not really.

But.. Resale value comes to mind. Obviously it would be better with a lifetime warranty. Also, having to deal with Zotac customer service.

Now, to be clear, I don't know if that would really be a con (they may have excellent CS) but it is always a question when dealing with a more obscure (not really the right word) company.
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the lifetime warranty is not transferrable so unless you had a double lifetime warranty like XFX offers that would be a mute point anyway. Assuming i'm correct on the lifetime warranty not being transferrable.
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i've had really good luck with evga (gts 250's and gtx 580's) and zotac (gtx 480's).
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the lifetime warranty is not transferrable so unless you had a double lifetime warranty like XFX offers that would be a mute point anyway. Assuming i'm correct on the lifetime warranty not being transferrable.
That's a very good point, and something I forgot to mention in my post. I was aware of the inability to transfer that lifetime warranty. I suppose a seller could offer to assist in any RMA process post-sale, but the extra $10 bucks or so I may squeeze out of a potential buyer because of the lifetime warranty isn't worth it if I have to help someone sort out an RMA 5 years down the road.

*Edit: I just checked Zotac's website and found this:

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Originally Posted by Zotac's Warranty website
For our retail Graphics Processing Unit and Mainboard products that carry a limited lifetime warranty, and were purchased on or after January 1st, 2008, ZOTAC will provide a limited lifetime warranty to the original purchaser of each retail product. This will secure that the product will not experience defects, in material or workmanship that will adversely affect its performance. This limited lifetime warranty is valid for the life of the retail product, so long as the original purchaser owns the product, based upon the following conditions:

* All ZOTAC products purchased on or after January 1, 2008, MUST be registered within 30 days of the ORIGINAL DATE OF PURCHASE to receive a limited lifetime warranty. (All products not registered within 30 days will ONLY receive a 2 years limited warranty.)
So, given an equal warranty and the fact that I'm an early adopter (meaning I can't take advantage of step-up), is there any reason to not buy Zotac?
Edited by Dyslexyc - 12/22/10 at 8:39am
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the lifetime warranty is not transferrable so unless you had a double lifetime warranty like XFX offers that would be a mute point anyway. Assuming i'm correct on the lifetime warranty not being transferrable.
You're right, it's not transferrable actually.

So dealing with CS may be the only questionable part of purchasing said GPU.
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MSI

- Good price
- Good product
- Good support
- Good OC
- Awesome cooling
- Free games
 
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MSI

- Good price
- Good product
- Good support
- Good OC
- Awesome cooling
- Free games
-all 570s are roughly the same price, and eVGAs premium includes factory overclocked, lifetime warranty, and 3dmark 11
-all 570s are, in essence, the same product, as they're all reference
-MSI doesn't cross ship to my knowledge, I'm not sure on other vendors
-all have equal OC potential
-all use the same, reference coolers
-no 570s have free games. And, when they are offered, MSI isn't the only one to do so.

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EVGA and Asus
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The fact that the EVGA warranty is non transferrable is pretty big. Makes it harder to sell down the road. Guess it depends on how long you plan on keeping the card. Can't go wrong with MSI or Asus, either.
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