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EVGA, MSI, GIGABYTE or ASUS for future GTX 780

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May 22, 2013 9:48:29 AM

I know it's to early to talk about this but based on former experiences, when buying video cards, which of this 4 big name companies would you choose to buy it from? Have you seen an advantage of buying the video card of the same brand of your motherboard? e.g. ASUS motherboard + ASUS video card.

Thank you!!
May 22, 2013 9:55:27 AM

If asus makes a direct cu 2 version of the 780 i would suggest that its so quite and cool compared to other gpu coolers unless your talking liquid cooled. http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX670DC2T2GD5/ Its a 670 but the cooler is used on alot of gpu's
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May 22, 2013 9:57:21 AM

There is really no advantage to getting the same brand of video card as that of your motherboard.

Personally, I'd seek out the GPU brands in the following order following:
1) EVGA
2) Asus or Gigabyte tie
3) MSI

They all offer three-year warranties. EVGA is known for their outstanding customer service and support. That's what puts them at number one for me. MSI is the only motherboard brand I ever bought where the board didn't work when I put a build together. Somehow, in my tiny brain, this cheapens my impression of their brand.
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May 22, 2013 9:58:21 AM

But when it comes to cooling and being quite direct cu 2 wins by a long shot look at reviews
May 23, 2013 8:10:57 PM

I'm personally a fan of MSI. firo40, I would appreciate some references for your statement. From what I've seen on tom's hardware in head-to-head comparisons ASUS and MSI usually tie in the category of temperature reduction. Gigabyte often wins the noise comparison because the triple fan configuration allows each individual fan to run at slower, significantly less loud speeds. EVGA is the best option in terms of a warranty and product support, but the 3rd party heatsink/fan solution is often subpar compared to the others.
It's about which of those qualities you emphasize: cooling performance, noise, warranty, etc.
This is the gtx 660 ti comparison which uses very recent revs of the cooling solutions, gigabyte's is weaker than their top-tier though.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
Also there is no reason beyond aesthetics to buy matching products from a single vendor. Their designed to a specification and don't interact in any special way due to their being from the same company.
May 26, 2013 8:57:18 PM

I was just wading through some of the GTX 780 reviews (both reference and custom coolers). So far, there doesn't seem to be any signs as to a DCUII or and MSI Twin Frozr version, might be announced later though.

Anyway in terms of GTX 780, from the reviews it seems that there an emphasis on how cooler the card is and it's OC performance. Not quite sure if that is true but could be noteworthy. If this is indeed true (someone please verify), i'd suggest putting emphasis on cooling performance rather then noise (my current rig is louder then my GPU -_- GTX570 WF3).

Regarding DCUII, whilst it has good cooling, it takes 3 slots as opposed to two like WF3 and Twin Frozr which is also a point for consideration. And your point on EVGA custom coolers being subpar was true, however, they recently released their ACX cooling unit which seems to be on par with the WF3 from guru3d's review, i haven't seen any other ACX reviews so I'm not quite sure if this is true. Will have to keep an eye out for it.

As of the titan, voltage may be unlocked again (depending on the manufacturer of the card) so power phases and cooling performance seems to be the top priority for the GTX 780 if you are looking to overclock your card.

With the info that i have collect so far, I'd recommend waiting for the EVGA classified (14+2) or FTW (8+2 i think) with the ACX cooler.
June 17, 2013 6:23:18 AM

sonic123 said:
I know it's to early to talk about this but based on former experiences, when buying video cards, which of this 4 big name companies would you choose to buy it from? Have you seen an advantage of buying the video card of the same brand of your motherboard? e.g. ASUS motherboard + ASUS video card.

Thank you!!


I love MSI's cards. I have the Twin Frozr IV O/C'd 570 GTX and it's never failed me and always stayed cool. I also have the mPower motherboard but as another poster said, there is no real gains in having both GPU and MB from the same company. I do plan to get the 780 and from MSI. I'm just waiting to see if the 780 will be available as the "lightning" or Twin Frozr but I do like the reference design. It looks metallic/aluminum.

I've had a bad experience with EVGA. I had a motherboard with them and I filled out the warranty information. The board was giving me trouble right from the start and I contacted EVGA. Sometimes it took days for them to respond. When they did, they wanted my warranty information which I gave them, then they wanted proof (odd). I sent them my receipt and they still wanted proof. I took a picture of the MB where the S/N was stamped and they still claimed it was registered with another person. I then dug into my old email and found a correspondence with them when the issues first started happening. They refused to acknowledge there mistake and stopped emailing me back. Then they had the balls to block me. Every time I email them, my email gets bounced back. Others I'm sure will praise them; each to their own.
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June 17, 2013 6:36:21 AM

mikeny said:
sonic123 said:
I know it's to early to talk about this but based on former experiences, when buying video cards, which of this 4 big name companies would you choose to buy it from? Have you seen an advantage of buying the video card of the same brand of your motherboard? e.g. ASUS motherboard + ASUS video card.

Thank you!!


I love MSI's cards. I have the Twin Frozr IV O/C'd 570 GTX and it's never failed me and always stayed cool. I also have the mPower motherboard but as another poster said, there is no real gains in having both GPU and MB from the same company. I do plan to get the 780 and from MSI. I'm just waiting to see if the 780 will be available as the "lightning" or Twin Frozr but I do like the reference design. It looks metallic/aluminum.

I've had a bad experience with EVGA. I had a motherboard with them and I filled out the warranty information. The board was giving me trouble right from the start and I contacted EVGA. Sometimes it took days for them to respond. When they did, they wanted my warranty information which I gave them, then they wanted proof (odd). I sent them my receipt and they still wanted proof. I took a picture of the MB where the S/N was stamped and they still claimed it was registered with another person. I then dug into my old email and found a correspondence with them when the issues first started happening. They refused to acknowledge there mistake and stopped emailing me back. Then they had the balls to block me. Every time I email them, my email gets bounced back. Others I'm sure will praise them; each to their own.


That sucks about your experience with EVGA. Did you try calling them at the number posted on their site 888-881-3842? They are pretty responsive that way? I dialed that support number before I bought my first EVGA cards (as I do with most companies when trying to decide whether or not to spend money on their stuff) to see if I could talk to a real person and had success.

At any rate, it sounds like they dropped the ball in your case. I've heard similar stories with just about any vendor. I just hope I never have that experience myself.

In my case, I've had great experience with EVGA cards.
a b Ĉ ASUS
June 17, 2013 7:25:23 AM

The EVGA GTX 780 with ACX cooler http://amzn.to/11VyBm5 is an awesome option and the best one out there at the moment.
June 17, 2013 8:38:28 AM

ubercake said:
mikeny said:
sonic123 said:
I know it's to early to talk about this but based on former experiences, when buying video cards, which of this 4 big name companies would you choose to buy it from? Have you seen an advantage of buying the video card of the same brand of your motherboard? e.g. ASUS motherboard + ASUS video card.

Thank you!!


I love MSI's cards. I have the Twin Frozr IV O/C'd 570 GTX and it's never failed me and always stayed cool. I also have the mPower motherboard but as another poster said, there is no real gains in having both GPU and MB from the same company. I do plan to get the 780 and from MSI. I'm just waiting to see if the 780 will be available as the "lightning" or Twin Frozr but I do like the reference design. It looks metallic/aluminum.

I've had a bad experience with EVGA. I had a motherboard with them and I filled out the warranty information. The board was giving me trouble right from the start and I contacted EVGA. Sometimes it took days for them to respond. When they did, they wanted my warranty information which I gave them, then they wanted proof (odd). I sent them my receipt and they still wanted proof. I took a picture of the MB where the S/N was stamped and they still claimed it was registered with another person. I then dug into my old email and found a correspondence with them when the issues first started happening. They refused to acknowledge there mistake and stopped emailing me back. Then they had the balls to block me. Every time I email them, my email gets bounced back. Others I'm sure will praise them; each to their own.


That sucks about your experience with EVGA. Did you try calling them at the number posted on their site 888-881-3842? They are pretty responsive that way? I dialed that support number before I bought my first EVGA cards (as I do with most companies when trying to decide whether or not to spend money on their stuff) to see if I could talk to a real person and had success.

At any rate, it sounds like they dropped the ball in your case. I've heard similar stories with just about any vendor. I just hope I never have that experience myself.

In my case, I've had great experience with EVGA cards.



Yepp, I called them and they pretty much uttered what the emails said and I even went as far as taking a picture with me in the picture time stamped lol. It was 3 months of hell until I finally told them that I had enough and was never buying from them ever again. Coincidently, the email bounced back saying it was blocked or something. I even copy and pasted from EVGA's website and it got returned. Exactly, for me, it was a horror show but I'm sure not everyone experiences it; through some friends though, it seems to be happening more often.

Concerning MSI's Twin Frozr, I would be playing Civ 5, Simcity (2013) for hours and my card would be extra frosty :) 

I liked Asus and their customer service. I was just annoyed that my MB (back then) was less than a year old and had a bad chipset. So I moved to MSI and I love there mPower board. I only wished it had 3 SATA III (6) ports instead of 2 but truly it's all I need. I got a Samsung SSD and a WD Velociraptor in those ports and a SATA III (3) Velociraptor plugged in as backup but honestly it's not needed since it's only a gaming machine and don't have any important files on it. All my games are pretty much on Steam and Origin. With 2 not even on either. The other minor downside is where the USB 3.0 socket is located. Other than that; it's a fantastic board with it's PCIe sockets spread out nicely. For the first time, my PCIe sound card and PCIe video card and a good distance away from each other :) 

July 17, 2013 5:21:44 AM

ProjectZero said:
Regarding DCUII, whilst it has good cooling, it takes 3 slots as opposed to two like WF3 and Twin Frozr which is also a point for consideration..


just in case people are looking at this and trying to decide, the ASUS DirectCU II GTX 780 is a 2 slot card, not a 3 slot card. Apparently their previous DC2OC cards were but with the 780 they've made it a 2 slot card.

Btw from my research, the best cards regarding cooling and speed are (in order):
1) MSI Twin Frozr and ASUS DirectCU II
2) EVGA Superclocked
3) Gigabyte Overclocked

There isn't too much in it though. Price would be the biggest factor, I imagine.

Sorry to necro but this was the first Google result and I wanted to help anyone still trying to decide between these cards.
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