Re: Intel X79 Chipset
The EVGA 3GB are solid cards and I stayed away from Pailt and Gainward because I wasn't a fan of their cooling.
I noticed also that when my old 1.5GB cards hit the memory limit, they would heat up alot. This doesn't happen with the 3GB cards and since they are essentially exactly the same cards, I can't help but think that the heat had something to do with the bottleneck.
As with yourself, Intel chipsets play a huge role in my decision to stick with Intel.
Here's hoping Kepler shows up sooner rather than later as well (although that appears to be up in the air at present).