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Hey guys Its has been a happy day for me since my original intent of 6950 last week got a budget upgrade to GTX570 and today a further bump enough to cover a 450 GBP GTX580 has become available

The question is what brand?

The only brand I know Nvidia wise (from personal expirience is EVGA). However browsing scan (http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-...I-E-(512-Cores))

I noticed the Gainward GOOD edition cards with their own non-reference coolers.

My question is what brand should I be aiming for? I know EVGA has a 10year warranty and step up program (which i won't use in the next 3 months anyway), but which of the other brands are good?

Should I stick with EVGA or is Gainward and ASUS up there in terms of quality? What about Zotac / Palit and KFA2?

Appreciate the input!

P.S: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1812
These guys also have the 3GB version but I don't know if the pre-order wait is enough I WANT IT NOW! Plus I only game at 1920x1080 resolution so I won't see that much of a benefit
Edited by Firann - 1/29/11 at 7:14am
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post #2 of 11
If you want GTX580, EVGA or Asus is the way to go

EDIT : Did not read original post carefully enough to understand you are going to buy 580, I thought it was a 570. (removed some text)

Also I heard KFA is Galaxy in america, not sure though, galaxy in america is like the cheapest I believe.

Also, you have a pretty good looking system, and you say that watercooling soon, so dont waste money on custom coolers IMO.
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I usually go with EVGA if I want a reference card and love Palit if I am okay with non-reference cards. The Palit non-reference cards usually have some great cooling option. The reference EVGA cards, leave the option for full cover blocks down the road.
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If you plan on water cooling then go with EVGA, you don't void your warranty by putting water blocks on them.
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So all the reference cards potentially have the same OC capabilities. I was just wondering that if getting a non-reference card might provide better volatage etc than reference

I guess I will stick with EVGA then since its the brand i know most. Maybe an ASUS... Does anyone KNOW what ASUS offers as warranty cover? I was looking at Gainward and they have all these modding unfriendly limitations such as different thermal paste, fan cover etc etc. If I'm not mistaken ASUS has a voltage tweak program for their cards. Does EVGA have a similar or do you need bios flashing for MSI afterburner and ASUS smartdoctor?

I will eventually put the 580 under water as the system itself is (i need to update my sig) so I want a brand that covers changing blocks.
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Hmm interesting:

http://www.overclock.co.uk/dept/NVID...-570_1196.html

Does anyone know this online store? It has the EVGA card at 400GBP instead of 455 from Scan (cheapest I found other than overclock) and was wondering if it is a legit store and not some scam site
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Gigabyte and MSI are the best non reference vendors out there for their great cooling. If you are looking for a reference look no further than of course EVGA.
    
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Quote:
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If I'm not mistaken ASUS has a voltage tweak program for their cards. Does EVGA have a similar or
EVGA has ELEET which lets you tweak voltage...

http://www.evga.com/eleet/
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post #9 of 11
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/sweet thnx for that!

Now only to see if Overclock.co.uk is a reputable website
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custom coolers almost 100% = not the stock pcb card
so you wouldnt be able to buy a full water block and you will need to buy a gpu only block and you will need to buy heat sinks or you will burn your card cause the vram will be super hot and put some modification to put a card to get better temps on the card except the core

so what you will get is a gpu core cooled by water and the rest by air ?!?!? and it will cost more then a full water block!


it would be a good idea if you had the stock card cause a GPU only block cool the core better then a full cover gpu block.
and the stock cooler on the GTX580\\570 allow you to keep the card cool by stock and get the core cooled by a water block.

if you going to water block getting a costom card with good cooler will be a big problem when upgrading to water cooling...
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