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EVGA GTX580 vs EVGA GTX580 FTW Hydro Copper vs ASUS ENGTX580

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Any suggestions or benchmarks?
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get the HC2 if your going under fluid
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They will are benchmark about the same,, The HC FTW obviously would bench higher because of the factory overclock..
The HC FTW is overpriced, if you want a watercooled 580, buy a 580 and an EK block for it. Save yourself a few hundred dollars.
So now its down to EVGA or Asus.
If you plan to keep the card for longer than a few years. Get EVGA the lifetime warranty is tits.. ( EVGA is also really good about using aftermarket cooling * water, aftermarket air* )
If you might sell it, Go Asus. The Warranty is done by serial number so it would help the resale value having a "transferable" warranty.
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Would purchasing the HC 580's eliminate the need to purchase watercooling specifically for the GPU? Or is that still something I should consider?
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MSI and Gigabyte also offer 3 year warranties by serial number (like Asus)

Zotac and EVGA offer lifetime warranties but they require registration and cannot be transferred.
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MSI and Gigabyte also offer 3 year warranties by serial number (like Asus)

Zotac and EVGA offer lifetime warranties but they require registration and cannot be transferred.
as much as i like msi video cards, id have to go with the evga on this. you just cant beat that lifetime warranty.
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I highly recomend getting the regular gtx 580 from EvGa then register it, then buy the EK fc580 block + fc580 backplate= u are still way under budget comparing to hydro version

and OC the living **** out of it
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as much as i like msi video cards, id have to go with the evga on this. you just cant beat that lifetime warranty.
If I can't resell it under warranty then I am not interested.

Mind you, didn't EVGA just extend it's non registered warranty duration?
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as much as i like msi video cards, id have to go with the evga on this. you just cant beat that lifetime warranty.
A transferable 3 year warranty beats it. Who the heck is going to keep a piece of hardware for longer than three years anyways? If it breaks after the warranty is up, chances are you would want to upgrade your rig anyways.
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Honestly, the manufacturer warranty means nothing to me simply because as long as it covers the first three years, I'm good.

I probably wouldn't try to sell it anyways but I've had nothing but bad luck with video cards in the past so as long as it gets up to three years I'm happy.

What more concerns me is how well built is the HC2? Right now I don't feel like paying in excess of $400 extra for 2 watercooled GPU's when I could do as mentioned and get an EK block for both for half that.

My question is if I did happen to get the HC2's, should I add watercooling to them anyways, like I would a regular 580?
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