Joined on 07/31/05
GTX 570 review
Pros: These are the cards to own right now if you're willing to spend over $300. I've yet to hear its fan spin up despite pumping games out at 2560x1600.
Cons: Wish the price would've been closer to $300, but no one made me buy at $350. Also, really peeved with Newegg's slowness. Paid $3 for rush on a Monday right at noon and it didn't ship until late Tuesday night. So what I got for my $3 is a mystery to me, and that sort of stuff makes me more inclined to order from a competitor (the big A) in the future. They have a better return policy anyways.
Second MSI 570
Pros: See below.
Cons: Bought my first MSI 570 in mid-Jan, had it go bad after two weeks. Same problem other reviewers have described. Go through MSI's tech support and get RMA info, pay $18 to ship it back and after a total of 3 weeks get a replacement board back. It failed after 1 week, and I'm now in the process of dealing with their tech support again. I can put any other GPU in my system and it runs fine, a Radeon 5870, a GTX 470, etc. Also not happy that I inquired about cross-shipping and MSI wouldn't comply. So when I end up shipping this replacement board back and spending another $18 for shipping + insurance, I'll out $35 and will have had a working 570 three weeks from mid-Jan to late March (assuming the 3rd comes back by late March). Total PITA.
Pros: Fast, stable, excellent image quality.
Cons: Stillborn out of the womb due to this week's launch of the Radeon HD 4870 and its far greater price-performance ratio. Paying more than twice the 4870's price for maybe 10-15% more frame rate is not a good buy, particulary when the 4870 is more feature rich and supports DX10.1, whereas the GT 200 chip does not.