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eVGA Step-up program is not as great as one may think

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June 25, 2007 2:22:52 PM

I've been reading these posts and the topic of eVGA cards having a Step-up program seems to be received well with some folks. I just want to say that it isn't all that.

The only cards you can step up to are nVidia reference cards. That means no factory OC'd cards, no cards with waterblocks...just regular. This may not seem that important, but it will to those who want to upgrade their GTX to a superclocked version.

The most important information is how much you actually paid for the card. The price you pay is the amount YOU paid for the card, not including shipping, subtracted from the cost of the card you want to upgrade to on eVGAs website. Here are some numbers...

Here are some average costs for eVGAs cards on the market currently and next to them are prices on eVGAs website. And the price you use to determine how much you paid for the card must have the rebate (if included) subtracted from it.
8800GTS 320 $260 $299
8800GTS 640 $340 $399
8800GTX 768 $520 $599
8800 Ultra 768 $680 $699

This program is offered by no other companies, and I know its great of eVGA just to have one in the first place. But I just wanted everyone to know how well it really worked in terms of how much you save. In short, if you plan to buy a card now and upgrade to another one shortly, I suggest you save money and just buy the better one right off the bat.

And just as a reference, the 7600GT $210 and 6800GS OC is $270 on there...which is to say theyre prices fluctuate and change unpredictably.[/b]
June 25, 2007 2:31:21 PM

It's not going to save any money for some people, but it's not exactly -1 for eVGA.
June 25, 2007 3:10:39 PM

I'm wondering what your expectations were.

Using the Step-Up to go from a last gen to next gen card is a good way to take advantage of the program. It can also allow you to defer the cost of upgrading your gpu. Even though only the reference cards are elligible, you can still OC them to almost, if not the same speeds, as the "superclocked" versions, especially with aftermarket cooling. But I do agree that the Ste-Up program does not make sense for everybody.
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June 25, 2007 3:33:28 PM

I've used EVGA's step up program twice now. I went from the 6800 GT to the 7950GTX and the 7950GTX to the 8800 GTX and I am very pleased with the process. Both times I've saved money and it has been quick and simple to do so.

Its not for everyone (jumping up a line is rather pointless) but for generation jumps it does help. EVGA is very lenient and their customer support is second to none.

I know this sounds like a total fanboi post, but EVGA has won over my business. If a customer demands a Nvidia GPU I am sure to tell them this. =)
June 25, 2007 3:50:56 PM

the step up time limit is 90 days from registration...are you telling me you stepped up from all those cards wtihin 90 days?
June 25, 2007 4:04:09 PM

There is no 7950GTX... well, not for desktops anyway.
June 25, 2007 4:20:49 PM

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the step up time limit is 90 days from registration...are you telling me you stepped up from all those cards wtihin 90 days?


It's possible that he didn't purchase the original cards right when they first came out.

-TyShoe
June 25, 2007 4:42:56 PM

i have egva 8800gts for 340$ after mir, and by the time i want to do step up, if 8800gtx costs 340$ then do i just like exchance with egva??
June 25, 2007 4:58:07 PM

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i have egva 8800gts for 340$ after mir, and by the time i want to do step up, if 8800gtx costs 340$ then do i just like exchance with egva??


yeah, but the gtx will have to drop to 340 within 90 days that you registered for step up. otherwise, you will have to pay to step up with whatever price you had.

im wondering...my friend bought an evga 8800gts for 350 and didnt use it or open it, and then he sold it to me for 600 as a business, and gave me an invoice and everything, could i use step up with that 600 purchase price? :wink:
June 25, 2007 5:25:29 PM

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There is no 7950GTX... well, not for desktops anyway.

Yes, there isn't a 7950GTX for desktops per say. There is, however, a 7950 GT KO by EVGA which would be very close. Pardon my lack of accurate details.

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the step up time limit is 90 days from registration...are you telling me you stepped up from all those cards wtihin 90 days?


First up it would be a max of 180, IF I did it consecutively. But this was two separate times I did this.

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It's possible that he didn't purchase the original cards right when they first came out.


^ What he said. I purchased a 6800 GT for a very good price then found, shortly after, a 7950 GT KO and used the program. Then the 8800GTX released and I did it again.



Why the belligerence? :?
June 25, 2007 5:36:15 PM

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^ What he said. I purchased a 6800 GT for a very good price then found, shortly after, a 7950 GT KO and used the program. Then the 8800GTX released and I did it again.



Why the belligerence? :?



Belligerence from whom? because if it were me to whom you were referring, then i meant none :) 

Did the 7950GT KO not come out when you bought the 6800GT, or did you buy when both were availble? because then i can understand. Otherwise was the price you paid total in both transactions greater than the price if you just bought the 7950GT KO by itself? I'm thinking in terms of using step-up with same gen cards. I guess its best to buy evga cards when the next gen of cards come out so prices have a chance of dropping.
June 25, 2007 6:02:15 PM

It would have been cheaper to outright purchase the 7950 GT KO to begin with, but it wasn't available when I purchased the 6800. The 7950 GTKO was such a marginal improvement though over the previous 7000 cards that I went for the upgrade.

I really scored though when I went from the 7950 to the 8800, because that was a current transition.
June 25, 2007 7:08:01 PM

that makes sense then, since one was available while the other was not.

regarding the purchase of 8800s now, i think would be a bad time. it would be a good idea to wait to buy a 8800 unless you absolutely needed it, because if nothing else is released within 90 days, the step up is pointless
June 25, 2007 8:02:04 PM

It's not perfect... but it's better than the ATI trade up program. Give them your old graphics card, and they'll take $50 off your overpriced new one.

http://shop.ati.com/tradeup.asp
June 25, 2007 9:04:40 PM

Even if their prices are a little strange, it's still a good way to save money. If you buy a 8800 GTS for $340 then want a 9x00 card, lets say it costs $800. Instead of paying $800 you only pay $460.

It all depends on if the situation is right...
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