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GTX 780Ti: MSI Twin Frozr OC vs Gigabyte Windforce OC

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June 12, 2014 1:05:53 PM

I want to upgrade to one of these cards but benchmarks don't separate them at all and they're the same price (both with Watch Dogs coupons)... Anyone have previous experience with the companies that can divide these two models? I am not worried about the size of the Gigabyte card btw, thanks.

+if it's a last resort, the red of the MSI card fits better with my colourscheme

EDIT: If it helps, I live in the UK
June 12, 2014 1:08:15 PM

that's because there is not that much difference between the two. If the MSI one is better fitted to your color scheme, get that one.
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June 12, 2014 1:11:25 PM

I recently had to return a gigabyte 780ti, as it broke after 8 days.
I've never had an msi card break on me...
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June 12, 2014 1:24:21 PM

Conversely, I've had 3 MSI cards break on me, each failed within a year. Pray that you never have to deal with MSI's RMA department in Canada, they do horrible work, and from my experience the refurbished cards you get from their RMA department will not survive for very long.
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June 13, 2014 10:29:05 AM

Supernova1138 said:
Conversely, I've had 3 MSI cards break on me, each failed within a year. Pray that you never have to deal with MSI's RMA department in Canada, they do horrible work, and from my experience the refurbished cards you get from their RMA department will not survive for very long.


Thanks for helping, have you had any Gigabyte cards to compare that to? And I'm in the UK so hopefully the RMA will better if I ever need it but I don't know...
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June 13, 2014 10:52:18 AM

I don't really have any personal experience with Gigabyte cards, I personally would not buy an MSI card after the bad experience I've had with them. Maybe you'll have better luck. I do have a friend who has a Gigabyte Windforce cooled GTX 670, and I will say that the Windforce cooler is probably quieter than the MSI Twin Frozr cooler, and is probably better at cooling the card with the fan at a lower speed, so if noise is a factor, that might be one thing to consider.
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June 13, 2014 2:54:06 PM

Supernova1138 said:
I don't really have any personal experience with Gigabyte cards, I personally would not buy an MSI card after the bad experience I've had with them. Maybe you'll have better luck. I do have a friend who has a Gigabyte Windforce cooled GTX 670, and I will say that the Windforce cooler is probably quieter than the MSI Twin Frozr cooler, and is probably better at cooling the card with the fan at a lower speed, so if noise is a factor, that might be one thing to consider.


Yeah I currently have a windforce 770 and it's nice and quiet but it's my first card and I've had it for 6 months so I couldn't really judge how gigabyte is in terms of other brands. The benchmarks I've looked at got identical decibel levels for the cards though so it'll be a hardly noticeable difference, if any, hopefully. Is the MSI afterburner any better than OC Guru or are they once again pretty much equal?
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June 13, 2014 3:14:37 PM

I've only used MSI Afterburner. You can use MSI Afterburner with a Gigabyte card if you want, it's not locked to a specific vendor's card. Right now I'm using MSI Afterburner with a Sapphire card with no problems. Most of the other GPU overclock utilities that get bundled with cards these days are basically just reskins of MSI Afterburner anyway, so it doesn't make much of a difference, and you can use whichever utility you want, they aren't locked to a specific vendor's card.
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June 15, 2014 10:28:24 AM

Supernova1138 said:
I've only used MSI Afterburner. You can use MSI Afterburner with a Gigabyte card if you want, it's not locked to a specific vendor's card. Right now I'm using MSI Afterburner with a Sapphire card with no problems. Most of the other GPU overclock utilities that get bundled with cards these days are basically just reskins of MSI Afterburner anyway, so it doesn't make much of a difference, and you can use whichever utility you want, they aren't locked to a specific vendor's card.


Oh I didn't realise! Thanks for the help I think I'll just go with MSI because it looks like people can have problems with either company and I prefer the look of their cards. I'll have to hope I don't have problems... Don't think I'll buy it for a few months yet though.
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