Problem was you claimed "I'll be getting the same defective reference model back". They offered to replace your card and you weren't happy with that. That's not EVGA's fault whatsoever. The SC cards have a legitimate issue, the non overclocked ones do not. Also, if you overclocked it too far and that "broke" it it's not their responsibility either. However, nobody would turn away a return for that unless it was something obvious you modified.
So return it to Amazon, that is your option. Amazon has a good return policy. Don't blame EVGA because you were not happy with getting a new card that would work. You always could have just returned it to Amazon in the first place. As far as I'm concerned they didn't have to offer FTW cards to replace the SC cards but they are and that's great. I bet Gigabyte wouldn't replace reference models with windforce would they?
My card additionally came with a chip on the PCB. They were telling me that it needed additional approval due to physical damage. The chip was next to the blower fan which could have only been done while installing the fan to the PCB. I pulled it out of the box this way. So really, it wasn't going to be a painless advance RMA for me, which I would have to wait to see if they would even accept the card at this point. I just didn't want to try my luck with another 'untested' new card.
I did buy the card on launch day and I didn't get a chance to play around with it until yesterday. Its pretty disappointing when everything is working fine then all of the sudden the screen goes black on a restart.