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So after having to RMA my Gigabyte 780Ti....

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Hey guys,

So it turns out my card probably had a faulty chip, it kept crashing on benchmarks and normal gameplay in 3 different systems with 3 different configurations, so it's currently in RMA. They already said I could replace it or get my money back if it indeed checks out to be a faulty chip. (The clerk already told me it was a known issue with the 780Ti's from Gigabyte but that they simply have to do the proper procedure to avoid getting into trouble themselves)

So the question remains, what do to from this point on. As it turns out, my faith in Gigabyte is kind of gone after having a motherboard dying on me (990FXA-UD5) and now this 780Ti as well. I might just have bad luck with them, but I'm not quite ready to take the chance yet again. Which brings me to the following questions:

1. Is this just an isolated Gigabyte card problem? Or is this happening throughout all 780's and Ti's? (I found 7 unique people complaining about Gigabyte 780's, and 780Ti's showing artifacts and crashing at stock clocks)

2. Seeing as Sapphire is going to release their 8GB variant of the 290x soon, and I'm going to play on 5760x1080 in the very near future, would it be better to wait for one of those or get a different brand of 780Ti? (I'm not expecting ANY increase of the 4GB extra on the current 1080p setup I have running)

3. If it is just the Gigabyte cards acting up, and the 8GB on the 290x won't really be worth it, what version of the 780Ti should I get? I'm aiming at STOCK clocks as I hate instability in my system.

Thanks ahead for your time.
 
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Here is a link to a thread I have just started. It shows how people got on with the NVidia 6 and 7 series cards including the 780ti's.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18584202

As to the 8gb Sapphire 290X, forget it unless you are going to buy 3 and put waterblocks on them so you can use them at high resolutions that can use more than the standard 4gb. Also the 8gb cards will be very expensive compared to the normal 4gb ones.
 

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Switch brands if it makes you feel better. Maybe it's your power supply taking things out? Maybe it's your installation technique? Stick with the 780ti.
 

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780ti is the most powerful single GPU, I don't see why you'd want to downgrade. Just switch manufacturer.
 
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Try an MSI one.
 

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My Gigabyte 670 is a beast, sometimes its just a faulty chip and not the manufacturer. Too bad the 780ti is pretty sweet.
 
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Here is a link to a thread I have just started. It shows how people got on with the NVidia 6 and 7 series cards including the 780ti's.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18584202

As to the 8gb Sapphire 290X, forget it unless you are going to buy 3 and put waterblocks on them so you can use them at high resolutions that can use more than the standard 4gb. Also the 8gb cards will be very expensive compared to the normal 4gb ones.
Fair enough, I was sort of afraid the raw power wouldn't be able to fully utilize the 8GB. Thanks for the link to the thread, I'll be checking it out!

Switch brands if it makes you feel better. Maybe it's your power supply taking things out? Maybe it's your installation technique? Stick with the 780ti.
Well, it doesn't necessarily make me feel better because I really loved the WF3 cooler. I've tested the cards on 3 different systems with 3 different PSU's. All of them showed the same crashes and faults, google also confirms that it's a well known issue of the chips gigabyte uses. People have to actually downclock to get stable performance on them. It seems quality control on the 780(Ti) hasn't been nearly as good as on the 760 and 770.

780ti is the most powerful single GPU, I don't see why you'd want to downgrade. Just switch manufacturer.
Admittedly, the performance is why I got the card in the first place. Without a doubt it's an excellent performer. What I'm concerned about now is that in some games I managed to hit the VRAM limit (C3, BF4 64p, Modded Skyrim) And saw that the GPU was not going on full power while still using all VRAM. This was without ridiculous AA settings. I'm wondering if the extra GB of Ram will offset the power decrease.

MSI would be my first choice indeed. But the ASUS one looks amazing as well in temps and loudness.

+1!!! MSI Gaming FTW
That makes it 2 votes for MSI, heh.

My Gigabyte 670 is a beast, sometimes its just a faulty chip and not the manufacturer. Too bad the 780ti is pretty sweet.
Yeah, no doubt that card is a beast :) It's just a problem with the 780(Ti) line of Gigabyte. Seeing as that is most likely the same "type" of card I will be taking, I'd rather not take the risk with Gigabyte for now. Running off the iGPU and not being able to game is a proper...Female dog.. I don't want to have to RMA it again and wait for a week once again.
 

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I think it's best to choose some brands where customers are not satisfied if OC only on 1400MHz... EVGA Classified.
It's time to try something serious, you will not stay poor for money difference and after that you will not buy other card 90%.
I bought 3 NVIDIA EVGA in 2013, every is different series and all of them work, two in my house, one is sold to other customer and work as first day.
They didn't hear for some fault NVIDIA GTX7xx series.
EVGA is not sinless but definitely they know to make NVIDIA graphic cards...
 
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6 years with msi board and gpu. still working good. So i guess i give +1 to MSI.
 
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Small update. All 780Ti's were out-of-stock aside from another gigabyte one. So I opted to go with the Sapphire 290x Tri-X - OC Edition and getting 100 euros back from the company. This was done with CF in mind. A ton of Benchmarks show that once you go to 5760x1080p, with CF 290x' it performs better overall compared to SLi'd 780Ti's. I'd like to thank everyone for their time and help on making this decision

Edit: MSI card was out of stock :/
 
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I just bought an EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked with the ACX Cooler today and I was on the fence about the Gigabyte version. After reading the reviews regarding the Gigabyte I was convinced that the EVGA was the best choice. After rebate $699.99 on Newegg. I know you aren't from America but their reviews of items can help guide you in the right direction.
 

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Edit: MSI card was out of stock :/
Bummer, I've been looking at the MSI 290X Gaming myself for the last few weeks, hovering for some nice weekly sale or something.
 
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I just bought an EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked with the ACX Cooler today and I was on the fence about the Gigabyte version. After reading the reviews regarding the Gigabyte I was convinced that the EVGA was the best choice. After rebate $699.99 on Newegg. I know you aren't from America but their reviews of items can help guide you in the right direction.
Yeah, my personal experienced with gigabyte have been rather...abysmal. Good for you that you went with the EVGA :D

Bummer, I've been looking at the MSI 290X Gaming myself for the last few weeks, hovering for some nice weekly sale or something.
Yeah, the MSI ones keep going out of stock my supplier said. Which means even if I did reserve one, I'd be on a list for weeks. So I went with the Sapphire which just arrived and I got priority on it. Still a good card according to reviews.
 
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That makes it 2 votes for MSI, heh..
count 3 now. either for nV or AMD (btw the R9 290 does fine also)
sorry to take out the same chart i used... :eek:

as far as i see it ... the 290 is still on par with a 780Ti no matter what they say. (and yep it is a non X)

even if i am more a Redsider than a greener... :D
and R9 290X Gaming to 780Ti Gaming i would still choose AMD here in switzerland the nV model is 25% more than the AMD model and 10% perf increase isn't worth a 25% up price :D

edit ... yesh .... and where i live MSI too is out of stock .... tho we don't have too much GPU BTC miner where i am (more Asics miner) ... my R9 270 Gaming will be alone a moment as i hate unpaired pair ... :D
 
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Small update. All 780Ti's were out-of-stock aside from another gigabyte one. So I opted to go with the Sapphire 290x Tri-X - OC Edition and getting 100 euros back from the company. This was done with CF in mind. A ton of Benchmarks show that once you go to 5760x1080p, with CF 290x' it performs better overall compared to SLi'd 780Ti's. I'd like to thank everyone for their time and help on making this decision

Edit: MSI card was out of stock :/
Congrats with the new card. That is a beast. I think a single 290x can accommodate a 5760x1080 set up.
 
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I have the Gigabyte 2 780Ti Windforce in SLI and I'm kinda nervous about reading something like this. I only bought it because it was the cheapest on newegg, cheaper then the stock 780Ti. I got them for $679 each and the stock was $699. I wanted to buy EVGA but their cheapest card was the stock one at $699. So far it's been fine, but I only had it for 2 weeks.
 

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my gigabyte gts450 died suddenly one day without any obvious reasons!
 
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lol i did get a 7790 after that for >doubleing the performance :3
 
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lol i did get a 7790 after that for >doubleing the performance :3
Sexy card that is. It's enough for you build actually. Hehehehe. I will skip doing crossfire with mine and wait for the next gen AMD cards.
 
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I have the Gigabyte 2 780Ti Windforce in SLI and I'm kinda nervous about reading something like this. I only bought it because it was the cheapest on newegg, cheaper then the stock 780Ti. I got them for $679 each and the stock was $699. I wanted to buy EVGA but their cheapest card was the stock one at $699. So far it's been fine, but I only had it for 2 weeks.
My experiences should not be indicative of the entire line. While my experiences with the card have been rather negative, this does not mean that all cards are like this. I just had bad luck.

my gigabyte gts450 died suddenly one day without any obvious reasons!
That's the exact same thing which happened to me with my 990FXA board. It just stopped getting power. Swapped to a z87 board with the same PSU etc etc and same TDP overall, and it worked just fine. gigabyte refused to look at the board and now it's just scrap metal lying around because I think the board itself looks good.
 
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My experiences should not be indicative of the entire line. While my experiences with the card have been rather negative, this does not mean that all cards are like this. I just had bad luck.



That's the exact same thing which happened to me with my 990FXA board. It just stopped getting power. Swapped to a z87 board with the same PSU etc etc and same TDP overall, and it worked just fine. gigabyte refused to look at the board and now it's just scrap metal lying around because I think the board itself looks good.
Which is a better experience, the AMD you had or the Intel you have now?