- Feb 22, 2012
The assumption was that the "Founder's Edition" cards were those sold directly by NVIDIA, branded as NVIDIA cards. Those sold by AIBs should be $599, even if they are reference design. This would have been perfectly acceptable. PNY, Zotac, Gigabyte and even ASUS are not on the same level as EVGA for example when it comes to customer service and RMA. Probably EVGA, followed by ASUS will have the best custom designs. Hoping that they won't cut too many corners.
Like many have said, it's an "early adopter tax".
Don't forget the nVidia page charges state tax too. You literally get to pay another tax. bahahaha