Newegg has the SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost for $260 - $20 rebate [Exp 11/30] = $240 with free shipping. 3 games from Radeon Gold Rewards included with purchase.
$240 Retail: $400

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    mino Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 8:09 am PST 11/19/13

    I just pulled the trigger on the eVGA GTX 770 at $335 and today I saw this. The GTX 770 is out for delivery now, and it is not an Iron Egg from Newegg. The Radeon HD 7970 is a yesterday card and about $100 less at price $240. Newegg would probably make me pay for return shipping and restocking fees since the GTX 770 is not an Iron Egg return policy, and I am not at home to refuse the delivery. What are my options? Casecutter, dave_c, Matthew, and anyone? I suppose I can call Customer Service but before I do, I want to read you guys.

    Is the $100 worth it for being a today technology, and eVGA GTX 770? They both come with 3 free games, The 7970 games are selectable.

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    Fannatick Ben's cred: 66
    Posted 10:42 am PST 11/19/13

    Maybe call Newegg and see if they'll accept a return somehow, hell tell them you just got laid off! lol

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    goldenboyfx Ben's cred: 164
    Posted 11:42 am PST 11/19/13

    Call UPS and tell them to return to sender.

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    mino Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 12:04 pm PST 11/19/13

    You guys are great. Fannatick, if I keep looking at Ben I will be laid off. Goldenboyfx, I just found out that the eVGA GTX 770 does have Iron Egg return policy, meaning I can return until 1/31/14 without restocking fees, maybe just return shipping. It was not on the product page but it said on the invoice, so I am covered for the return part.

    The issue remains whether the $100 is worth it to go from Sapphire HD 7970 to eVGA GTX 770. Please comment on that taking into account the 3 free games from Nvidia and the 3 selectable free games from AMD.

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1494
    Posted 2:40 pm PST 11/19/13

    Man this is tough, but first of saying a 770 is of newer/today technology... NOT at all! Just new printed boxes and marketing hocus pocus.

    I find it probably is an EVGA 770 with ACX cooling, but is it a Superclock? If the Superclock it might have notch nicer quality PCB over the Sapphire, while I'm sure there's better OC'n headroom left in the 7970. Honestly such Boost Ghz performance, they both have parity stock, depending on what you play. Power wise real gaming there's not enough to say one over the other.

    It would be more which bundle you might want choice; there's 11 on AMD side permitting 3 to choose vs. the 3 Nvidia is offering, hard to say.

    If you really hankering to play tonight it would hard to "banished such a hottie from my door" for just $100! If greenbacks were that tight you probably should not have pulled the trigger so you allready intended to absorb the extra. Rolling Eyes

    That's right, I should have a (little miss nothing special) 6450 from Egg at my door tonight... wohoo me! (have it for a family members upgrade)

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    mino Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 5:31 pm PST 11/19/13

    Casecutter, True that I'm more leaning to towards the eVGA GTX 770. It is SuperClocked with ACX Cooling (EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card). I like eVGA cards as I have good experience with them. I also like their upgrade program, which you can upgrade your card for a little minimal. I am going to eat that $100 difference. Well not really since this is also for my sister's son but I must exercise my due diligence.
    My research on the matter of the Radeon HD 7970 shows more negatives about overheating, noisy, high power consumption over the GTX 770 from both the pros and consumers reviews. The Radeon HD 7970 is replaced by R9 280x, so it is a yesterday card and it supports dx 11 while the GTX 770 supports DX 11.1 Not sure if that worth alot or not.

    I used to have driver issues with ATI but that seems to go away with AMD. Thanks for the input. I enjoyed it.

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    aj41886 Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 6:25 pm PST 11/19/13

    You can always refuse the package when arrive. Dont sign( free if the guy left without signature)

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3667
    Posted 7:38 pm PST 11/19/13

    ^ Most often a signature is not required. If they document they left it at your doorstep then it is considered placed in your possession. Granted, you might be able to claim it never arrived then they send out an investigator and who knows what happens next.

    As far as I know, "almost" everything right now from Egg has the no restock fee till Jan. 31st policy in effect... and if you used Shoprunner when you ordered, they will cover your return shipping cost.

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    goldenboyfx Ben's cred: 164
    Posted 8:07 pm PST 11/19/13

    Look up ShadowPlay. You will want to keep your 770.

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    Posted 9:18 pm PST 11/19/13

    Great comments, aj41886. goldenboyfx I think I will keep it, I just get more confidence with your input. dave_c, true, last year I ordered from Newegg a Samsung SSD and DDR3 memory and the package got lost. Noone was home to receive it. I called Newegg and they refunded me in full after a week of "investigation". I really didn't know what happen to that package, whether got stolen by other carrier's employee or people around the area. That was just 1 instance and I can't be sure if that happens again Newegg will do the same.

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1494
    Posted 10:00 am PST 11/20/13

    Man why did you ask us! It appears you had your motivations already in your head? Rolling Eyes

    It being a Superclock and your nephews machine it probaly means not be concerned with OC’n just "plug-n-play". While a 7970Ghz might be a "yesterday card" it's no different than a GTX680 is to a GTX770. Now any Bens "junkyard dog" is aware of such a fabrications of "differences" for such rebrands. Are there difference and enhancements in such a generational move sure, but when faced with 25% saving they aren't that dissimilar or compelling.

    As to power that Superclock to that 7970Ghz the AMD sees 7-8% more while gaming. Now, not talked about but should be considered, especially a computer like your nephews that might be left in sleep. Those gaming watt's are nothing to what AMD ZeroCore provides against that GTX770 when in sleep state. Basically AMD drops the power usage to a mere 3 watts when your monitor sleeps. I can't find the reviewer who does the tests of the cards once they enter sleep mode, but it's like 10-12W vs. 3W. That's dramatic considering a computer might remain in such a state 18-20 hours a day such saving isn't insignificant.

    As to the EVGA Step up program please completely read and really work up the costs of that program, in most instance it's not always as favorably to place faith in. Perhaps if you had purchased a GTX680 say 10 week before the GTX780 came out that's when it might work, while I’m not sure you considering trade the 680 for the 770 as it considered a lower tier card and EVGA will not credit you the difference. First you need a product that has the 10 year warranty, or purchased an "extended warranty" (the 02G-P4-2774-KR has a 3- year). You must register the card within 14 days of your original purchase to even make it a consideration. Then within 90 days of your original purchase pay $20 for 5-year extend warranty. There’s cost like back and forth shipping, it works for some in a…

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    Posted 1:07 pm PST 11/20/13

    Casecutter, like you said, my mind was pretty set on the eVGA GTX 770. It's always advisable to ask for expert opinions and I consider you an expert on the matter. Maybe I'll feel more confident with my decision if those expert opinions coincide with mine. It maybe hard to change my mind once it was made up if those opinions didn't agree with mine otherwise.

    Your points are valid about sleep mode power consumption, I'd be worried if there are so much difference and it is a long term event. Luckily, I would not have to worry about that much since they have solar panel system that usually earns them money for selling back the extra wattage to PG&E.

    You are right again about the upgrade program, at first glance, it seems like a nice thing to have but now that you digged into it, we can see it's not at much of an advantage. I'd probably get more from Ebay than that upgrade program.

    For some reasons, I think it is safer to go high quality, expensive with better performance as a result instead of lower quality and less performance. My reputation can be diminished if it did not perform and we all know that performance and quality come at a price. In this particular case, it may not be the case but that is my guideline.

    I'll think it over about the Radeon HD 7970. I still have until 1/31/14 to decide. It looks like the price for the 7970 is a permanent price now, not a sale price anymore so, not too worry about price going back up.

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