My original plan was to step-up 2 680's to 2 690's. One of the 680's I have has not even been opened yet. I may try to send it back to TigerDirect for refund but there restocking fee can be evil. They can charge up to a 25% restocking fee at there discretion. OUCH!
If I do this I could sell my other 680 depending on how much of a loss I would have to take. When I started this venture I did not think I was "taking a gamble" as I have heard good things about EVGA, (this was my first purchase of EVGA products), I will have to reevaluate whether I will continue to be a EVGA customer. I spent a $1000 on cards and want to spend another $1000, and since I like to have all my components from the same manufacturer it would also guarantee future motherboard purchases.
I just don't fully understand the logic.
Uh oh, I just have to put a couple of cents worth in here. I have pretty much found that EVGA products as a rule speak for themselves. Sure there are manufacturing glitches that might produce a messed up card, motherboard, or what have you, EVGA standing behind that product and saying, "Hey, you're right, it's screwed up" and immediately or as fast as they can they get another product back to you which is another good reason to buy EVGA. At any rate stellar customer support, great products, and a lot of helpful people on these forums as well as EVGA people in the forums answering questions and trying to make everyone happy which is from my experience not all that possible at times are all in the package.
Try going to another vendors forums and try to find even one person that is in any way affiliated with the company there to help. It's hard to find that and that is one of the many reasons I have kept on buying at least their video cards and the next time I feel all RED and BLACK coming on I just may get one of those awesome Classified motherboards they put out too, because I know they are well made too with the best components. Anyway,with many of the bigger PC part making companies that also produce laptops and ready made PC's etc, it's difficult to just get someone in customer service and then try and get the help you need from them.
Now all that nice stuff being said (that I meant), my problem with the Step-Up program is the fact that it doesn't celebrate early adopters in almost any way, shape, or form, save the so many high flow brackets or whatever it was that was offered. Anyone taken a look on the egg today to see if there were ANY EVGA 600 series graphics cards there to purchase. No, probably not unless you were one of the lucky ones for the day that caught a 5 minute fast and furious buying of cards when one shows itself on there only to go back to nothing there and that has been going on since when? Wow, and who carries the company financially (in a way ok) while they are making all those newer more awesome non reference cards? We, the early adopters of reference cards when they first come out, that's who.
But I would think that this subject has probably already been beaten into the ground so sorry if I have brought up something that has already been brought up but shelling out a quick $1,000 for the first cards should be rewarded in some way as in being able to Step Up to SOMETHING. I bought all the Step Up stuff offered me with the two 480's I have but never saw any real benefit to buying early on and paying for faster Step Up and all and it was a bunch cheaper then. By that I mean nothing to step up too which this time around I just said the "heck" with it and didn't buy anything extra because there just isn't any reason too becasue there probably won't ever be anything I can step up too from a reference card. Or at least none that I know of.
So there you have it, 2 cents from the peanut gallery...
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