Newegg has the new PNY VCGGTX680XPB-S GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for $450 - $50 rebate [Exp 12/31] = $400 with free shipping. Features 1536 CUDA cores. Includes Borderlands 2 *and* Assassin's Creed 3!

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1499
    Posted 10:58 am PST 12/19/12

    Seems expensive after a $50 Rebate! Two games ... well one worth something, and that they bundle a nice long HDMI cable can't make-up for what's a reference card, only 2Gb... And then a PNY Meh! It still feels to be a good 12% overpriced.

    I mean you can get this Sapphire 7970 OC with Boost DualX, 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 (100351SR) it's $360 –AR $20 with $7 shipping. It includes FarCry3, HitMan, Sleeping Dogs, and 20% Off… Medal of Honor WarFighter Limited Edition. Finally this Boost Edition with OC is a way bit faster the way it is or if you want to OC it furthure. There's no comparision to this PNY.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    Here they are on 12.8 so not getting the extra 7% that 12.11 Beta's can provide.
    http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=708

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    bebimbap Ben's cred: 37
    Posted 12:30 pm PST 12/19/12

    If I am not mistaken PNY is the last company that still has a life-time warranty, and from many of the feedback responses, you can see they do honor it even when the product has reached end of life.
    Some users have gone from 8800gtx to 280gtx or 280gtx to 480s/580s. of course if a company does that, you can assume they believe in their product and would only design them in such a way to make them last as long as possible, as shown by using the reference design, with reference clocks

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    st0mp Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 12:30 pm PST 12/19/12

    All i have to say its PNY... I would stick with the HD4000 over this

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1499
    Posted 1:05 pm PST 12/19/12

    #2 - Those where the days (like 2006) when XR8 ment something... Today it means a Limited Warranty period (parts/labor): 3 years, while another 2 more if you register it. I suppose as it is probable a Nvidia referance PCB so you should not see problems of the likes of the GTX 260's and such.

    http://www3.pny.com/support/media/Files/1c00f9fc-8e73-4f70-9fb0-49f9b83909b6/XLR8%20Warranty%20-%209-01-09_v1.pdf

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    goldenboyfx Ben's cred: 164
    Posted 2:35 pm PST 12/19/12

    #2, i dont know where you get your facts from but no one will let you take replacements like that. If a 280gtx got replaced with a 580 then i would purposely damage my card every 2 years or so.- I'd just stick 3 volts into one of the chips on the pcb- no fire , no smell, no one would ever know. I'd have free upgrades for life.

    If your 280 fails, you'd get something of similar performance, not of similar monetary value. It does not matter if it fails 1 year later or 10 years later,you'd get the slowest available card for that market, that's equal to or faster than that 280; and it will most likely be open box.

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1499
    Posted 2:56 pm PST 12/19/12

    Yea, if your GTX 280 dies they'd offer this as it offers equivalent performance... and today you'd be smart to jump on it!http://www3.pny.com/GTX-650-1024MB-PCIe--P3234C506.aspx

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    bebimbap Ben's cred: 37
    Posted 3:59 pm PST 12/19/12

    #4, #5 on the site it says
    Warranty
    1 year (will be extended for the lifetime of the original purchaser upon completion of a registration form on PNY's website)

    http://www3.pny.com/GTX-680-2048MB-PCIe--P3123C506.aspx
    http://www3.pny.com/support/media/Files/e91160d2-8992-4bc5-90ba-bd8a152eb045/XLR8%20Warranty%20-%209-01-09_v1.pdf

    Also review sites also verify the same info
    http://www.bjorn3d.com/2012/07/pny-geforce-gtx-670/#.UNJUBm96m30
    " other reference design GTX 670s is the lifetime warranty and price. "

    that review was july 2012 so unless they changed how they do business in the last 5 months, which is quite possible, I will still say they have lifetime warranty for the original buyer if you register within the first year.
    2nd they will replace your card with similar TIERED item. If you had top tier item they will replace it with top tier but it doesn't have to be the most recent, for instance, today they might have a 480, 580, and 680 in stock, they will use a 480 which would still be better than a 285 if you had that.

    And #5 they only allow one replacement. If the 2nd one goes bad you are dead in the water, I guess too many people before you tried that

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    Posted 9:15 am PST 12/20/12

    #7 - Ok, good digging I went by what Egg has a 3-Y, and then went to PNY and straight through the Support tab to Graphics then down on the right found a link to the XLR8 (but not the Lifetime as Egg siad 3-Y). But I question that Egg shows the model as VCGGTX680bacon-S, while that's different than the PNY page you linked... no -S might it mean standard?

    Good find thanks for proving you can't trust anything, but the actual company web-site, but I'd want to clear that up with Egg-Chat before plunking down $400.

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