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Whats the difference in the PNY XLR8 and standard Evga card is it just the clocks or is there a chip quality difference? Do they use better quality components with the XLR8?
There isnt. They are all Reference based cards so all cards are the same regardless of manufacturer. The manufacturers usually have different color combinations and graphics etc.

With the exception of "special versions" of cards, the clocks are the same. You may see EVGA produce a "Super clocked edition" but that is just an increase in clocks through the bios they flash to their card. The hardware is the same, so you can overclock any other card to those settings too.

Hope that helped
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Whats the difference in the PNY XLR8 and standard Evga card is it just the clocks or is there a chip quality difference? Do they use better quality components with the XLR8?
Warranty and support.

Both companies use reference design.
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The red color scheme suckered me into the EVGA.
     
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I have SLI EVGA GTS 250 for massive gaming rig, and PNY 570 single card for SUG02(HTPC/Gaming).

I have no problem with PNY card. it runs great function quality like EVGA does. PNY offer lifetime, too..
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PNY is mediocre. Sure, it'll save you some bucks and run like a normal video card should, but don't expect to get award winning service They'll do RMA's for you easily, but telephone support is annoying and their quality/management control is average at best.

When my 8800GT had some weird artifacts, they shipped me a refurbished one to me quickly but i shortly found out that the fan blades were making some sort of creaking noise and they felt worn, slightly weak and just ready to come off with a little force.

Buying an aftermarket cooler solved the problem, but had they have been more lenient on their products and actually double check to see if they're good to go, I would have not need to spend the extra 10 bucks in the first place. I hate lazy a## companies like PNY. I will definitely not be buying from them again in the near future when I'm ready to get a better video card.
Edited by HomeDepoSniper - 1/3/11 at 5:52am
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PNY is mediocre. Sure, it'll save you some bucks and run like a normal video card should, but don't expect to get award winning service They'll do RMA's for you easily, but telephone support is annoying and their quality/management control is average at best.

When my 8800GT had some weird artifacts, they shipped me a refurbished one to me quickly but i shortly found out that the fan blades were making some sort of creaking noise and they felt worn, slightly weak and just ready to come off with a little force.

Buying an aftermarket cooler solved the problem, but had they have been more lenient on their products and actually double check to see if they're good to go, I would have not need to spend the extra 10 bucks in the first place. I hate lazy a## companies like PNY. I will definitely not be buying from them again in the near future when I'm ready to get a better video card.
Both cards are Reference designed, this means that the are the same, any issues or problems would be inherient within the cards design not based on the manufacture, PNY(Isn't this nVidia's Brand?) or EVGA.

Honestly, just go with whatever card is cheaper, my 5970s are MSI and Galaxy and both hit 950Mhz @ 1.1V and both performed identically under the stock cooler and under the EK blocks I use now...
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post #17 of 21
EVGA has lifetime warranty (I think PNY is 5yrs ??)

Also don't pay for a factory oc'd card. You can easily OC a vanilla to greater levels
post #18 of 21
I think it should be.mentioned that "reference cards" are not always the same like some would believe. Manufacturers due tend to use higher binned chips in their higher than factory clocked cards. At least that seems to be the case judging from the Sapphire and EVGA cards I've owned.

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post #19 of 21
Granted these are a few gens old but

I had a EVGA 8800 GTS 320mb SuperClocked and a 8800 gts 320 mb Vanilla

Both did the same stable folding oc of 650 core (superclocked was 576 stock and the vanilla was around 550 or 525 I think )
post #20 of 21
I have had excellent RMA experience with EVGA. I have only owned one PNY card (9600GT) and the fan crapped on me very quickly. I bought it second-hand...so no warranty.

In these types of decisions...I go with what I know...and that's EVGA.
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