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Old 02-12-2012, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default GPU Warranty list

Here's a little comparison of graphics card manufacturers and their warranties. The list is primarily compiled with the HD 79xx series in mind, but EVGA is added too for comparison.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...1dGNUI3bkd5R1E

Please comment if you find a mistake, or if you have any ideas/suggestions/improvements that could be added.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:25 AM   #2
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Here is a couple you can add if you want,

Galaxy has a 3 year warranty, non-transferable. Have to register within 14 days

Zotac has lifetime warranty for their enthusiast cards(590, 580, 570, 560, 480, 470, 465, 460 AMP!, & H-version products: 210, 220, 240, 250, 460, 450) and 3 year for their mainstream and value cards (550, 520, 460, 450, 440, 430, 250, 240, 210, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, series). Warranty is non-transferable.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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Thanks, I added what I found from their sites, Galaxy is 2 year standard, 3 year with registration. Zotac was 2 year, lifetime with registration. That's a good point that the warranty may vary by models, these are mid to high end cards which I have checked.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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Good idea for a thread! Just want to clarify on the EVGA warranty as we have various lengths:

RX or recertified units have a 90 day warranty.
TR have a 2 year warranty.
KR have a 3 year warranty.
AR have a limited lifetime warranty - If registered within 30 days of purchase.
We do not void a warranty if you overclock the card, that's why we offer precision and ELEET.
You are also welcome to use an aftermarket fan or waterblock as long as you return it to stock condition before sending it in for RMA.

All of our warranty suffix's and their warranty length can be found here.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #5
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Good idea for a thread! Just want to clarify on the EVGA warranty as we have various lengths:

RX or recertified units have a 90 day warranty.
TR have a 2 year warranty.
KR have a 3 year warranty.
AR have a limited lifetime warranty - If registered within 30 days of purchase.
We do not void a warranty if you overclock the card, that's why we offer precision and ELEET.
You are also welcome to use an aftermarket fan or waterblock as long as you return it to stock condition before sending it in for RMA.

All of our warranty suffix's and their warranty length can be found here.
Thanks for the clarification! I'll add that to the list.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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Thank you for the list!
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #7
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This might be too much to ask, but can you add whether the manufacturers support aftermarket coolers? I know XFX will allow it if you notify them beforehand.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:44 PM   #8
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This might be too much to ask, but can you add whether the manufacturers support aftermarket coolers? I know XFX will allow it if you notify them beforehand.
MSI and XFX states that any modification what so ever will void the warranty, but when you contact the support they'll tell you that just put the stock heatsink back and you'll be ok.
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MSI and XFX states that any modification what so ever will void the warranty, but when you contact the support they'll tell you that just put the stock heatsink back and you'll be ok.
Maybe you're from a region other than the Americas, but from their warranty page: http://xfxforce.com/en-us/help/suppo...formation.aspx

** XFX has carefully selected the optimal thermal or fansink component for your graphics card model. We do not encourage the removal of components due to damage that may result in the process. XFX understands that some enthusiasts may choose to replace the original component with their own cooling solution. To support the gaming community, we recommend that you contact XFX prior to any modifications so that we can update your profile and product registration to avoid potential issues with warranty support. In addition, XFX support will be able to walk through the installation with you or provide feedback and pointers on available options for your specific product. You may even consider shipping your components to XFX and allow the technicians at XFX to perform the modification for you (shipping charges to XFX apply).
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:25 AM   #10
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This might be too much to ask, but can you add whether the manufacturers support aftermarket coolers? I know XFX will allow it if you notify them beforehand.
This would also be good to confirm. If anyone can find this information about the other brands I'll add it to the list.

EVGA specifically stated it's acceptable if you replace the factory heatsink before a RMA. XFX said it's ok if you ask beforehand.
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If I could combine eVGA's warranty with a Radeon card, I think I'd be happy right now
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This would also be good to confirm. If anyone can find this information about the other brands I'll add it to the list.

EVGA specifically stated it's acceptable if you replace the factory heatsink before a RMA. XFX said it's ok if you ask beforehand.

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[ 2/16/2012 11:40:15 PM] Hi Kevin, The information is all correct! I just updated with the phone number. You can go ahead and submit for an RMA. Thanks Robert

[ERIK_A 2/20/2012 4:50:46 PM] Hello, We may be able to just send you a replacement fan/heatsink if you want to try swapping that out on your end before going through the RMA, just let us know. I have authorized your RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) so that you can send your XFX product(s) with serial(s) XXXXXXX in to get serviced. Your RMA number is XXXXXX. Please copy and paste the following link into your browser, http://xfxstorage.com/Support/pca_rma_tc_ns.pdf This form contains all the details for sending your product in for warranty service. Please read this document carefully before sending your product in. The address being used for return shipping is: XXXXXXXX If for some reason you need to use a different return shipping address or telephone number then please notify us immediately at rmashipping@xfxforce.com. Include your ticket number as the subject line. Changing the address in your online profile will NOT update the return address on the RMA.

[ 2/20/2012 8:37:05 PM] I have no issue trying out a new heatsink and fan as long as it doesn`t void my warranty. Is there any chance you can give me a different type of fan that would be a bit quieter than this one? This thing is loud and has no automatic fan setting at all. Full blast 24/7


[MARK_C 2/22/2012 11:48:56 PM] Hello Robert, Replacing the cooler will not void your warranty. I will have a replacemtn cooler sent to you. It should ship tomorrow from California via USPS. Thank you. Mark
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I like the idea of being able to overclock the card without voiding your warranty, but I don't see any good cooling solutions from MSI. I see that Evga covers O/C'ing also, but I want a 7970 and Evga doesn't make AMD cards.

I really like the Gigabyte 3 fan cooler 7970 card, but am trying to decide if I can wait 3 years until it is out of warranty to O/C it. I probably won't need the extra boost in performance for the next 3 years, but who knows....

That Black Edition XFX Double D looks nice also. Better then stock cooling, a decent overclock, and a lifetime warranty. But, I've read bad things about XFX's quality / quality control.

Lastly, I did like the idea behind the Asus DC cooler and the fact that the warranty was transferable. But recent reports of the coolers falling off and Asus not owning up to it, make that seem like a poor choice.

Any suggestions?

BTW: I was looking to buy a 2GB 7870, but since my budget just went up by $300, so now I'm really looking at a 7970.
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NICE thanks
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Just a note...you put EVGA's fan removal policy next to Diamond instead of EVGA.
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I like the idea of being able to overclock the card without voiding your warranty, but I don't see any good cooling solutions from MSI. I see that Evga covers O/C'ing also, but I want a 7970 and Evga doesn't make AMD cards.

I really like the Gigabyte 3 fan cooler 7970 card, but am trying to decide if I can wait 3 years until it is out of warranty to O/C it. I probably won't need the extra boost in performance for the next 3 years, but who knows....

That Black Edition XFX Double D looks nice also. Better then stock cooling, a decent overclock, and a lifetime warranty. But, I've read bad things about XFX's quality / quality control.

Lastly, I did like the idea behind the Asus DC cooler and the fact that the warranty was transferable. But recent reports of the coolers falling off and Asus not owning up to it, make that seem like a poor choice.

Any suggestions?

BTW: I was looking to buy a 2GB 7870, but since my budget just went up by $300, so now I'm really looking at a 7970.
Yeah it's a familiar debate... Hopefully the length of time it's taken to release better coolers will mean they are actually quality GPUs and not like the recent troubles with some.

For me resale is critical as I will dump it when something suitable comes along. As of today the only 2 options for me are MSI/ASUS reference models. :S

The Gigabyte windforce would be nice, too bad gigabyte doesn't have a more lenient warranty policy.

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Just a note...you put EVGA's fan removal policy next to Diamond instead of EVGA.
Thanks, fixed.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #17
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EVGA has just won my support. They are now offering the best warranty in my opinion. Now if they would just sell AMD cards too.

http://www.evga.com/articles/00671/

Props for a company stepping up and increasing value for the customer. It's rare when e.g. hard drives chop their warranties etc. They'll have my support.

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Props for a company stepping up and increasing value for the customer. It's rare when e.g. hard drives chop their warranties etc. They'll have my support.
Yep. I'm more than willing to pay a little extra for good service.
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