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Old July 9, 2013, 03:02 PM
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Not taking stock into account I would go for Asus or MSI for Canadian rma (whickever is cheaper/looks better to you) if it was required. If you don't mind out of country rma then my next pick would be evga, then the gigabyte. Really you wouldn't be going wrong with any though.
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I just read the techpowerup review of the EVGA 760 SC w/ACX cooler, and they mentioned that it was unacceptably loud under load. Since I'll be running two of them, my experience may be even louder.

I've had very good luck with ASUS's directCUII ...my SLI 660's were completely inaudible. If they're in stock I may just try to go for the ASUS boards.






Or the MSI...
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Old July 9, 2013, 05:31 PM
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If you've had good experience with the ASUS I would say go ahead and grab a pair of their cards. Either that or MSI for possible RMA purposes.
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I pick MSI, they seem to have the best cooler?
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Old July 20, 2013, 01:15 PM
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I'd pick asus,the new 760 cooler looks awesome,must be very quiet,at least i know that my 770 is much quieter than my 570 windforce,i feel it 90-100% quieter. Now,i don't know if Gigabyte upgraded their fans but they seem to be the same.

MSI graphics cards are great too even if they are a bit louder on paper.
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Old August 21, 2013, 07:55 PM
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I contemplating the option of going SLI 760's at around x-mas time.

My main concern is fans reliability and PCB rigidity. My MSI 560TI TFII had no PCB brace (cards were sagging in the case) and I had to RMA one of the cards for noisy fan.

The Asus DCuII has no PCB bracket, but is quite short, so it might not matter much (less sagging possibility maybe?) RMA in Canada

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,4.html

The MSI Twin frozr 4 has the stiffening bracket...good..the fan design is better than the twin frozr II (2 years ago)...RMA in Canada

MSI GTX 760 TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB Review | techPowerUp

The Evga ACX version, seems to have IMHO the best sturdier fans, according to their publicity of th ACX...is it just warm air? It's got internal reinforcement (a plate that stiffens the card and cool it also)...
RMA in the USA, but I RMA'd to them once with no issues....
EVGA GTX 760 SC w/ ACX Cooler 2 GB Review | techPowerUp

Three good options IMHO.
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I picked up a Zotac 760 from Canada Computers last week ,It died after 3 days ,So I went with the EVGA 760 SC w/ ACX So far so good ,No load it idles around 36 degrees under load its at 51 So, im happy.
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Old August 30, 2013, 06:44 AM
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Great feedback! With a perspective I never considered.


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I contemplating the option of going SLI 760's at around x-mas time.

My main concern is fans reliability and PCB rigidity. My MSI 560TI TFII had no PCB brace (cards were sagging in the case) and I had to RMA one of the cards for noisy fan.

The Asus DCuII has no PCB bracket, but is quite short, so it might not matter much (less sagging possibility maybe?) RMA in Canada

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,4.html

The MSI Twin frozr 4 has the stiffening bracket...good..the fan design is better than the twin frozr II (2 years ago)...RMA in Canada

MSI GTX 760 TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB Review | techPowerUp

The Evga ACX version, seems to have IMHO the best sturdier fans, according to their publicity of th ACX...is it just warm air? It's got internal reinforcement (a plate that stiffens the card and cool it also)...
RMA in the USA, but I RMA'd to them once with no issues....
EVGA GTX 760 SC w/ ACX Cooler 2 GB Review | techPowerUp

Three good options IMHO.
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Old August 30, 2013, 07:08 AM
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The lack of a PCI stiffening bracket on the ASUS does not concern me at all. And, honestly, ASUS's DCII coolers are so good that the omittance of a bracket can be overlooked. The card is so short anyways, that there is almost no chance of that PCB bending or sagging.

The MSI 760 has the same cooler as my 770...which is to say it is absolutely fantastic, and in every way just as good as the ASUS DCII. ASUS may have the better fans as they have a solid dustproof design, although so far, no failures on my MSI card (although I've only had it for a couple of months).

EVGA, I happen to be a little less keen on. IMO, they have less experience with twin fan coolers (having previously be associated almost exclusively with blower-style coolers), therefore I'm afraid that their ACX cooler may be a little less polished than MSI's and ASUS's. I've also read reports and benchmarks that the ACX cooler is quite a bit louder than the other two under load. That being said, EVGA is generally known as a solid company, and probably does the most volume in this industry. I generally wouldn't have any qualms picking up one of their cards.

I guess, long story short, you can't go wrong with any of these cards...my choice would be between the MSI and the ASUS, though. I'm currently on an MSI binge (MSI motherboards, GPU's), so I would probably go the MSI route (like I already did).
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Old August 30, 2013, 10:34 AM
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I would consider the Asus Cards, a fair number of complaints over at Evga Forum re: ACX Coolers and noise!!
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