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Is Gainward a reputable company? Will I be ok with buying a Gainward GTX 580?

Does Gigabyte for example make cards of higher quality?
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Yes, and their main focus is making graphics card. They've been doing it long before gigabyte.
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Gainward/Palit are the same, they make decent cards from what I know.
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Thanks.

I would appreciate more replies for reassurance.
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Absolutely...my third card is going to be a Palit...I would have picked up a Gainward in its place if there was one available.

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The thing that some people don't understand is that all reference gtx580's are EXACTLY the same. All the companies like Evga, ASUS, Gainward, etc do is put there own stickers on the card and sometimes custom bios. The only thing you should worry about when buying a reference card is which has the best warranty.
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Gainward used to be a Taiwan owned company, focusing mainly at the European market. A few years back, it was bought by Palit (a mainland China company), probably in order to expand into that region.
I have not personally used their cards and cannot judge by personal experience. But from what I heard from my friends, the quality is OK, comparable to Gigabyte's.

What is more important is the warranty/customer service. Gainward's priority seems to be ''Europe first, Asia second, Everywhere else third''. Even their RMA email address is a German one. So, if you are located in Europe (and certain parts of Asia), I say their service should be good. If the price and features are good, then go for it. But if you are in North America, their customer response might be as speedy as other brands.
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Gainward is/was always a great graphics card maker. GOLDEN SAMPLE

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The thing that some people don't understand is that all reference gtx580's are EXACTLY the same. All the companies like Evga, ASUS, Gainward, etc do is put there own stickers on the card and sometimes custom bios. The only thing you should worry about when buying a reference card is which has the best warranty.
Warranty most of all but also electrical components utilized and software.. Take MSI for example, while marketing is definitely part of the game.. The MSI cards often OC very well and the Afterburner software continues to separate from the pack with each release.
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Gainward is/was always a great graphics card maker. GOLDEN SAMPLE



Warranty most of all but also electrical components utilized and software.. Take MSI for example, while marketing is definitely part of the game.. The MSI cards often OC very well and the Afterburner software continues to separate from the pack with each release.
We are talking about reference cards here so all the electrical components are identical. There is absolutely no difference between reference cards and Afterburner works on any brand card so I don't understand why you added that in...
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