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EVGA Gives Away Free High-Flow Bracket to First 200 Registered GTX 680 Users

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EVGA is giving away High-Flow Brackets to the first 200 people in North America and Europe who register their EVGA GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards. The replacement expansion bracket, designed by EVGA, has more perforations than the one on NVIDIA's reference design board, its makers claim it shaves off an extra 3°C from the GPU temperature. It should be listed on the EVGA web-store for purchase separately, soon. For more information about the offer, visit this page.

 
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so this time instead of game they are giving airflow bracket
 
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probably all gone by now..
 
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Or get out the tin snips/Dremel and make your own. This is nice of them to give it away but it's dumb they didn't put it on the card from the get-go.
 
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Or get out the tin snips/Dremel and make your own. This is nice of them to give it away but it's dumb they didn't put it on the card from the get-go.
Thank you!

That's what I was thinking.
 
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If they sell cards with these included without giving free stuff, they wouldn't look as nice and generous.
 
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If they sell cards with these included without giving free stuff, they wouldn't look as nice and generous.
no i think they look stupid for not installing them on that card we buy from them, instead they gimmick us to run buy a card and register ... yes ... sure ,, why buy evga? to get a free bracket if i am in the first 200 ... no thank you . il buy brand X and dremel the bracket!

lol
 
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As it's only the first 200 i would assume this is mainly marketing for the high flow brackets combined with a registration kick back.

Really i agree i think it would have been better if EVGA just used it on their cards normally like some of the XFX cards that have that XFX logo bracket but i could understand if that would increase long term production costs more than the increase in profits from selling these separate including giving 200 away.

Even though the amount is relatively limited it's still a good move as we all like the idea of free stuff .
 
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...So your telling me that adding 4 little holes lower it by 3c? Why not just cut the whole thing apart :D

 
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o.. just add 5 holes on that? first i guess they gonna give bracket like xfx bracket with custom grill
 
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no i think they look stupid for not installing them on that card we buy from them, instead they gimmick us to run buy a card and register ... yes ... sure ,, why buy evga? to get a free bracket if i am in the first 200 ... no thank you . il buy brand X and dremel the bracket!

lol
So you like to blow a warranty on a $500+ video card to get at most, 2-3c drop in temps?

Reference design cards are what vendors are selling, they don't "have" to give you anything if they are selling it at MSRP pricing. If evga were to provide the hi flow bracket, expect a $15 premium, and then more bitching from consumers, am I right?

Why yes, yes I am.
 
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well it's a nice offer but i would more like "if" i buy a EVGA GeForce GTX 680 to have a backplate ^^;
 
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no i think they look stupid for not installing them on that card we buy from them, instead they gimmick us to run buy a card and register ... yes ... sure ,, why buy evga? to get a free bracket if i am in the first 200 ... no thank you . il buy brand X and dremel the bracket!

lol
You'll have to register your card if you want the warranty anyways, nobody is forcing you to buy EVGA, the other manufacturers aren't giving away any free stuff anyways, nothing bad with free stuff is there?

...So your telling me that adding 4 little holes lower it by 3c? Why not just cut the whole thing apart :D

http://img.techpowerup.org/120326/Capture031.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/120326/Capture032792.jpg
As mentioned before, and loose the warranty for your $500 card in the process? Why would you do that? I'm thinking all manufacturers had to rush their cards to market using NVidia's reference design, EVGA found a way to improve the design and is giving it away to a few of their buyers, granted, they're getting some free press time for their "deed", nothing bad with that.

probably all gone by now..
I posted a thread about this giveaway yesterday in the Nvidia forum, at least a couple of us were able to register our card, I hope we made it to the 200, too bad my thread will be locked now that this is in the news :p

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163023
 
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Ok, who would by an EVGA 680 and not register it, no you don't have to and yes some folks don't care for their spam... but a 10 cent bracket that cost more to package/send. Then why only 200? You mean they tool-up and have only 200, these where probably some initial PAP part they were going to toss out (IdK).

I think this stupid marketing (unless they only had say 180 initially for all US/EU which could have been the case give there all on backorder today). It just screwy marketing I buy a $500 EVGA, and know they have a better part that significantly improves cooling and may improve the performance given clock speed is regulated on temperature and if I didn’t sign up quick enough I might not get one but they will have all my info! Wow, remind me not to invest in an EVGA right out of the gate.

Let’s say you order some brand new 911 Turbo and take delivery. Several weeks later your finding-out that those who waited and bought off the lot got a different rear intake grill on the wing. That enhancement was implement to improve cooling and Hp. Now you go back to both the Porsche dealer and factory and they are saying... sorry can’t give you that $250 part even though it's a direct bolt on. Porsche I don’t believe would ever do that, they know the value of a customer and would probably come to the house or business to install it. A $500 card is no different than a 100K Porsche, when it comes to send you a 1o cent bracket!

I see this as BAD P.R. for EVGA... not good, while in the USA a product manufacture cannot withhold warranty because it wasn't registered. :shadedshu
 
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Ok, who would by an EVGA 680 and not register it, no you don't have to and yes some folks don't care for their spam... but a 10 cent bracket that cost more to package/send. Then why only 200? You mean they tool-up and have only 200, these where probably some initial PAP part they were going to toss out (IdK).
I dont know if its bad marketing or not.. but it doesn't mean that eVGA will have only 200 of these parts.. this high flow part is already 'standard' in their SC-signature, FTW & HC cards, where they will cover the cost in the higher than reference prices.. but for now only the 'reference'(they call intro version) card is on sale and it doesn't have this high flow bracket ..
below is the pic of their SC-signature part having the high flow bracket as standard.



so why do they have a limited 'number' offer & why not limited period? the reason is simple, they probably dont have enough inventory of these cards.. so ppl will call it unfair if there are no stocks during the limited 'period' offer..
when reference cards are essentially the same sold under many brand names, this is just a marketing initiative to sell their stock as soon as possible.. thats all.. it is NOT that they has some cancelled part which they are re-using..
 
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So you like to blow a warranty on a $500+ video card to get at most, 2-3c drop in temps?

Reference design cards are what vendors are selling, they don't "have" to give you anything if they are selling it at MSRP pricing. If evga were to provide the hi flow bracket, expect a $15 premium, and then more bitching from consumers, am I right?

Why yes, yes I am.
EVGA warranties against Overclocking, they actually encourage it... That being said, I don't think installing their bracket (the one they are selling as an offical EVGA product) on an offical EVGA card, would void a warranty... just saying think about it. And if someone destroys their card by changing a bracket then they need to sell their PC IMMEDIATELY and buy a gaming console! lol

I dont know if its bad marketing or not.. but it doesn't mean that eVGA will have only 200 of these parts.. this high flow part is already 'standard' in their SC-signature, FTW & HC cards, where they will cover the cost in the higher than reference prices.. but for now only the 'reference'(they call intro version) card is on sale and it doesn't have this high flow bracket ..
below is the pic of their SC-signature part having the high flow bracket as standard.

http://www.evga.com/articles/00669/images/hero/2683.png

so why do they have a limited 'number' offer & why not limited period? the reason is simple, they probably dont have enough inventory of these cards.. so ppl will call it unfair if there are no stocks during the limited 'period' offer..
when reference cards are essentially the same sold under many brand names, this is just a marketing initiative to sell their stock as soon as possible.. thats all.. it is NOT that they has some cancelled part which they are re-using..
Nice info NHKS... good post. Any Idea when these are gonna hit the online market? Mid April maybe ?
 
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EVGA warranties against Overclocking, they actually encourage it... That being said, I don't think installing their bracket (the one they are selling as an offical EVGA product) on an offical EVGA card, would void a warranty... just saying think about it. And if someone destroys their card by changing a bracket then they need to sell their PC IMMEDIATELY and buy a gaming console! lol
Agreed they do need to buy a console lol. But the main thing about EVGA with overclocking it is that as long as there is no physical damage to the card they will take it back. But say if your VRMs blow out due to overvolting; You are kinda SOL at that point.
 
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Agreed they do need to buy a console lol. But the main thing about EVGA with overclocking it is that as long as there is no physical damage to the card they will take it back. But say if your VRMs blow out due to overvolting; You are kinda SOL at that point.
Lol didn't know that thanks for info... actually didn't know that blowing VRMs was even possible lol hope I never do. Is that actually common ? I don't mess with voltages >> yet

PS if you have a "how to" link on the voltage overclocking please share. Ty. I know it's possible but most sites warn against it for beginer OC'ing so havn't tried it yet.
 
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Lol didn't know that thanks for info... actually didn't know that blowing VRMs was even possible lol hope I never do. Is that actually common ? I don't mess with voltages >> yet
I don't know how often they go out but odds are the chances are slim. If you don't mess with voltages then you are totally okay. By all means get the best clocks with stock voltage. But I know you can't adjust the voltage due to the Voltage controller on the 680. I maybe wrong but you shouldn't worry about doing that haha. I mess with my voltages on my ATI 5 series cards. So I have a way higher chance of destroying a card way before you do.
 
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Let’s say you order some brand new 911 Turbo and take delivery. Several weeks later your finding-out that those who waited and bought off the lot got a different rear intake grill on the wing. That enhancement was implement to improve cooling and Hp. Now you go back to both the Porsche dealer and factory and they are saying... sorry can’t give you that $250 part even though it's a direct bolt on. Porsche I don’t believe would ever do that, they know the value of a customer and would probably come to the house or business to install it. A $500 card is no different than a 100K Porsche, when it comes to send you a 1o cent bracket!

I see this as BAD P.R. for EVGA... not good, while in the USA a product manufacture cannot withhold warranty because it wasn't registered. :shadedshu
Dunno if your analogy applies, car manufacturers introduce minor improvements to a given car model every year, most of these changes are cosmetic like nicer looking headlights, or a new bumper design, and some are performance enhancements like an improved grille design for better cooling, higher HP, or other body improvements that improve aero dynamics, like Nissan did to the 2012 GTR.

These manufacturers are not required by law to roll those improvements to buyers of previous year models, unless any of these changes address a manufacturing defect that can endanger their buyers, or a quality issue that makes a component break during normal use during it's desired life expectancy, then they have to issue a recall as required by law.

In my opinion I don't think that's the case for this improvement, granted, it may only cost a few cents to produce these improved grills, but the graphic card market is a cutthroat place to be, and card manufacturers receive very small profit margins in the first run of any new GPU, as low yields force them pay a premium to either Nvidia or AMD for each new GPU, sure GK104 is a very small die sized GPU, but that doesn't mean Nvidia is transferring those savings to video card manufacturers, most likely they keep their savings between themselves and TSMC. Just adding a few cents to the cost of each card cuts the margins when you're talking about hundreds of cards.

Oh, and you're not required to register your card on purchase day to ask for the warranty, but of your ever need to RMA your card and it's still covered by the warranty, then you'll have to register it, the same holds true for all video card manufacturers out there.

You can also opt out of their spam list when you register your card :)
 
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I don't know how often they go out but odds are the chances are slim. If you don't mess with voltages then you are totally okay. By all means get the best clocks with stock voltage. But I know you can't adjust the voltage due to the Voltage controller on the 680. I maybe wrong but you shouldn't worry about doing that haha. I mess with my voltages on my ATI 5 series cards. So I have a way higher chance of destroying a card way before you do.
Thanks, I've been in IT for 10 years so the thought of overvoltage intriques me *rubs hands "power, power.. more power" evil laugh* but I gathered exactly what you are saying that basically don't do it unless you know what to do and stick with stock to be safe... BUT, if you'd care to share a link for my curiosity please share. I'd love to learn and I have a card or two I could sacrifice to the card gods for sake of "learning" lol.
 
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EVGA warranties against Overclocking, they actually encourage it... That being said, I don't think installing their bracket (the one they are selling as an offical EVGA product) on an offical EVGA card, would void a warranty... just saying think about it. And if someone destroys their card by changing a bracket then they need to sell their PC IMMEDIATELY and buy a gaming console! lol...
I'm referring to the suggestion sy5tem made about using a dremel to make bigger ventilation gaps, not installing a replacement bracket altogether.

Originally Posted by sy5tem View Post
no i think they look stupid for not installing them on that card we buy from them, instead they gimmick us to run buy a card and register ... yes ... sure ,, why buy evga? to get a free bracket if i am in the first 200 ... no thank you . il buy brand X and dremel the bracket!
lol
 
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it's not about the bracket. EVGA is not a company that runs on love. it's probably about the sign ups lol
 
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Let’s say you order some brand new 911 Turbo and take delivery. Several weeks later your finding-out that those who waited and bought off the lot got a different rear intake grill on the wing. That enhancement was implement to improve cooling and Hp. Now you go back to both the Porsche dealer and factory and they are saying... sorry can’t give you that $250 part even though it's a direct bolt on. Porsche I don’t believe would ever do that, they know the value of a customer and would probably come to the house or business to install it. A $500 card is no different than a 100K Porsche, when it comes to send you a 1o cent bracket!

I see this as BAD P.R. for EVGA... not good, while in the USA a product manufacture cannot withhold warranty because it wasn't registered. :shadedshu
I see what your going for, but that still doesn't mean EVGA should give you an improved bracket at MSRP cost. Just think about what your trying to analogize here. You're saying a part change on a car is the same as a part change on a video card, well that really depends on the outcome. If the Porsche rear intake grill replacement was NEEDED to keep the car performance in-line as marketed, then yes, every customer prior to that part release should get the part. In that case, that is called a service recall and that part will be provided and installed per the manufacturer warranty, free of charge.

As for the EVGA's GTX 680, that logic doesn't apply at all. EVGA doesn't make the cards, they sell them. Along with selling the cards that NVIDIA provides, they sell replacement/add parts like ventilation brackets and back plates, both of which are not required for the card to achieve marketed performance numbers. See where I'm going now?

When you add a performance part to a car that improves performance beyond stock levels, even if its made by the OEM, it doesn't mean they should give it to you for free just because you bought one of their cars two months ago. Same goes for EVGA, just because you bought one of their cards, doesn't mean they should give you a performance enhancing part for free. EVGA already give us one of the best warranties and customer support around and getting a free bracket by simply registering your card is just another added benefit of picking EVGA over say... Zotac or Galaxy.
 
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