Originally Posted by Rollo
Ah, so having more brands for sale with one brand sold out equals higher sales than having two brands for sale that are both sold out in your mind?
I think we'll have to wait for the Steam survey appearances of these cards to know for sure.
BTW- why do you think the other seven manufacturers won't warranty cards where the overvolting switch has been used MadPistol? Could it be possible they know overvolting the cards will mean higher than normal incidence of RMA for destroyed cards?
Or do you think that all the vendors except one void the warranty for overvolting just because they don't understand how safe overvolting is?
I think that I only buy from that vendor that you speak of because their warranty is better, and all other points that you make concerning that issue are irrelevant because it IS covered by the warranty. As icing on the proverbial cake, that warranty extends not only the lifetime of you owning the card, but also the lifetime of a 2nd hand owner of the card. No Nvidia vendor does that. Having personal experience on RMA's from XFX, I can honestly tell you that their service is incredible.
You don't seem to get it. This "puff of smoke" issue with the GTX 590's has people scared to purchase it. I guarantee that enthusiasts would be willing to pay MORE for a loud, but stable card, as opposed to a quiet, volatile card. The market that both vendors are selling to is the uber enthusiast market. In that market, people read reviews, forums, and editorials before they purchase. One manufacturer has a card that's powerful, albeit loud. Another manufacturer has a card that self-destructs for no reason.
If I had to buy a dual GPU solution, I'd go with the one that's not going to explode on me.