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Blown Video Card - What to do?

So I stupidly purchased a brand new EVGA GTX580 from eBay last December and it worked great until last week when it died. EVGA won't warrant it since I don't have the original invoice - so should I try to bake it, get a Gigabyte 7950, or wait until the 8000 series arrives (don't really want to be w/o a computer for that long though)?

EDIT: I forgot to mention the card shows physical signs of a short - the mini HDMI port sort of melted to the adapter and shows signs of burning on the metal of the card's mount.
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    Sounds like it's toast
  2. PICS PICS!!!

    The 7970 is a very nice card. I would go with that.

    You will be happy with that card
  3. I've been reading the performance difference between 7950 and 7970 is like 5% and cost difference is nearly $70-100. Also, the 7950 keeps up with the 670 as well.. so I think I'm pretty set on the 7950 if I get a current card.
  4. elayman said:
    I've been reading the performance difference between 7950 and 7970 is like 5% and cost difference is nearly $70-100. Also, the 7950 keeps up with the 670 as well.. so I think I'm pretty set on the 7950 if I get a current card.
    Hmmm.. i have not read the latest so maybe but either way a 7950 is a great card if you get a good overclocking card I would rather have a certainly faster 7970 card that can still be overclocked than a maybe will be faster IF I overclock 7950.But to each his/her own.
  5. bit more than 5%. for $70-100 might be worth it ;)

    http://www.hwcompare.com/11427/radeon-hd-7950-vs-radeon-hd-7970/
  6. inerax said:
    bit more than 5%. for $70-100 might be worth it ;)

    http://www.hwcompare.com/11427/radeon-hd-7950-vs-radeon-hd-7970/


    Those are theoretical and with some overclocking, the 7950 is nearly the same as 7970 :)

    Oh and I have a 2560x1440 IPS monitor and have heard the new AMD cards work well on the higher resolutions.

    I could swing this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675

    but still think the 7950 will be better for my needs and at a lower cost.
  7. Anyways doesn't matter his mind is set on hoping the overclocking pans out with whatever card he gets it's a gamble hes willing to take so moving on from that subject yes it looks like your card is damaged it wouldn't hurt to try baking it know what i mean but if it don't work get the 7950
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