UPDATE: See below, Gigabyte replaced by MSI Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC. (I hope it's not against the forum rules to change the question...)
So here's the deal. I've been trying to figure out which card to choose and thought at first the best idea would be the ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5. After a little research however I found out that the GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I was also a great card. I'm now confused at which one to take. EVGA is a no go for me since it seems their cards just get too hot and for me they're too expensive compared to these two (eventhough they have great customer service).
On THIS website (don't know how reliable they are) they say I should go with the Gigabyte because of overall performance, and on Newegg they both get 4 eggs and the main problems seem to be DOA for both so they're quite equal. The prices of these cards are a non-issue since they're only 5 Euro apart for me.
My main concerns are:
- Temperature under full load (play Battlefield 3 on highest setting on 1920x1080)
- Quality of the cards
- Has to run with the following build:
ASUS Rampage III GENE Republic of Gamers, Intel/Socket 1366 micro ATX, LGA1366 Socket, X58
Ive got the Asus 570 as well and yes it is a huge crd. Its about 11"s long and about 2 1/2" thick and takes up 3 bays but its an awesome caed and i have no problem out of it. And it doesn't seem to be very loud at all. i Like msi and asus but i hate gigabyte all though thats my personal preference but I do really think youd be happy with it but if you dont have a full size board and your running a micro then your best bet is to pick a smaller card.
MSI got me 2 DOA motherboards a few years back, since then I've never bought anything from them again. However, the Warmacblu and Monsta posts made me doubt again and I have had all sorts of trouble with a Gigabyte motherboard as well. ASUS, no problems yet.
i looked at both the msi twin frozr and the asus cards before going for asus
this may have been rectified by now but when i looked there were a lot of people with msi cards suffering vrm
burnouts when overclocking them
the asus card had better power phases and a 6 pin and 8 pin connector and they had also disabled the limiter
that kicks in if it detects you running furmark etc
dont know about msi but asus doesnt void the warranty for overclocking by increasing the vcore up to as high
as 1.1v as far as i am aware
you mentioned overclocking at the beginning--this is easy to do and even with the asus card you can use msi afterburner to do it--the asus smart doctor software was pretty poor--though i managed to find the newer asus gpu tweak which works great even though its meant for the matrix series cards
maybe some one with the twin frozr can post their overclocking results to compare with the asus
my results--880mhz and 4452mhz are at 1.038v and 31c on idle with the fans on 13%
my results--880mhz and 4452mhz are at 1.038v and 31c on idle with the fans on 13%....... though i managed to find the newer asus gpu tweak which works great even though its meant for the matrix series cards
That sounds really good! In this ASUS movie on Newegg they also mention that you will be able to use GPU Tweak on a GTX570. How much is it on full load with temperatures, noise and fanspeed? Cause I don't want a jet engine in my computer if you know what I mean .
I'm going for the ASUS card, it was my initial choice after reading all the reviews. I've always been an ASUS fan and they never let me down. Even though the core clock at the start is quite low, I think their utilities can crank it to sufficient levels for me. I thank you all for the information, really appreciate it! I'm going to give the best answer to mcnumpty23 because he tried certain things for me by using his own card to give me the information I needed. Thanks, I hope I'm just as happy with the card as you are Cheers again for the information people!