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Ok, I have 280 in Best Buy gift cards and was thinking of cashing them in on a 570, but the only brand they have in stock is PNY. If I do this I will only have to pay 70 for the card as it is 350. Is PNY a good safe brand? Is it worth cashing in my gift cards on a 570 at this time on this brand?
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If it is a reference card, PNY is pretty good.
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Every 570 on sale right now, as far as I know, is reference, so they are all the same underneath.

As for PNY, they are a well known an respected brand in both the UK and USA, shouldn't have any problems with them if anything bad happens.
    
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i would say. they have also been arround for a long time.

i remember having a 512MB pny flash drive, and i remember it being huge for the time
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I still have a pny flash drive and 880gts 640 both still work fine after a few years so they seem as good as anything to me
    
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Sounds good to me. How do you tell if it is a reference card? At me only paying 70 I figure I can't go wrong. Is the 570 one of the better cards to get atm? I play alot of FPS.
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Ive had a 9600 GT from PNY for 2 or 3 years, the only problem i had with it is the fan broke and I didn't know untill i touched the card after a heat induced shutdown, scabbed my fingers and bought a after market cooler lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nakattk View Post
Sounds good to me. How do you tell if it is a reference card? At me only paying 70 I figure I can't go wrong. Is the 570 one of the better cards to get atm? I play alot of FPS.
You can usually tell if it is a reference card or not by the design of the stock cooler. The reference coolers all look the same, save for the sticker on it (if there even are any). Currently, I don't think there are any non-reference GTX 570's on the market, although they most certainly are in the works.

For FPS's, the 570 has no problem playing with high to maxed-out settings in the majority of the games out there today. However, it depends on the resolution you are running at, which will dictate how far the 570 will stretch. Seeing as you are coming from an 8800GT in your sig rig, though, I'm pretty sure you will really appreciate the HUGE increase in performance regardless. The fact that you're only paying ~$70 out of pocket just makes this a phenomenal deal that you should not hesitate to hop on quick!
     
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Ive had a 9600 GT from PNY for 2 or 3 years, the only problem i had with it is the fan broke and I didn't know untill i touched the card after a heat induced shutdown, scabbed my fingers and bought a after market cooler lol.
9600 GT is not a bad choice.
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I have a PNY 9400GT in a drawer. The fan melted. The fan melted at stock clocks. The fan melted when the ambient temperature was Alaska in the Winter. The fan melted while I was watching video on YouTube. The freaking fan melted. My personal experience with PNY is that their cooling is pathetic. The fan was flimsy and had plastic making contact with the aluminum heatsink, which was itself pathetically small.
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