SirenaLauren I also notice that my 2 fan 2080 super from ASUS does run quite hot (78c or so on most games on full load) it makes me nervous when their max temperature is 89C. My friend told me that an EVGA video card would run significantly cooler than that. Is that true?
ty_ger07Don't buy EVGA motherboards. EVGA used to make good motherboards a decade ago, but then its motherboard team talent got hired by other companies, and what is left is lackluster motherboards with software and firmware issues. Enough said.EVGA's video cards and power supplies are good and very competitive.Only thing you have to watch out for with EVGA is the software and firmware. EVGA's software and firmware is notoriously bad. So, if it is a new product which isn't "vanilla" (is instead a custom non-reference solution), let a group of other people try it out for a while first, before deciding to buy in. This is especially true if that product relies heavily on software or firmware for customization and doesn't really work in a desirable way (or at least in a way that is desirable to you and is the reason you chose to buy it over other models) without it. Cons:Motherboards.Software.Firmware. Pros:Everything else.
bill1024Yes it is true you can take the GPU apart and water cool or replace the TIM no problem.Just do not damage the PCB or other parts and you will be ok. Return it in good clean condition. As far as the motherboards. I have had Three x58 FTW and one x58 classidied3.Two x79 classified and a x79 stinger.Two x99 classified, two x99 FTWTwo Z370 FTWOne Z87I still use all of them except the x58 boards, I sold those. They work fine, not had one issue with any of them. AS far as Asrock and Asus and Gigabyte I have several of those too, 10 or so.x79 boards x99 boards, z87 and z370 boards. I have not had any issues with any of those either.Although the x99 Stryx gets flaky if I push the OC too much. Maybe the e5-1650v3 CPU too.The EVGA x99 do quite well with e5-1650v3 and 1660v3 unlocked xeons My dual and quad socket SuperMico boards also have been good to me, AMD and Intel boards. My EVGA RMAs have gone very well. Over the years I have had 2 PSUs, 2 GPUs and one mouseAlways received a working replacement. I would buy EVGA, Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte MB or GPU any day.
MSimDo your own product research when selecting a motherboard purchase, that way you know what each mfg has to offer to help narrow down the motherboard you want. ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI usually have the latest motherboard innovations and newest audio chips etc. When the industry first came out with single latching ram slots and reinforced PCI-E slots, it took evga like 8-12months before we seen evga motherboards have it. Where you buy the hardware is important too. I like to buy my hardware from Amazon.com (Shipped and Sold by Amazon.com), due to Amazon customer service and return policy. No mfg return policy comes close to Amazon.