Summary: Usually I do not bother writing reviews unless I feel my review can truly change one's purchasing decision. I'm an advanced PC User(Game&Overclocker) and have built and used many computers so far. I rarely upgrade because I develop 'love' to all things I buy, thus I make a lot of emphasis on my purchasing decisions and try to buy something that WILL LAST at least 1 year in my PC.
Summary: My previous card was a EVGA GTX260 Core 216. What a major improvement over my old card. I researched other brands like EVGA, Zotac, MSI, Gigabyte. PNY offered a rebate at the time for $30 so I decided to go it, plus a free digital download of Mafia II. PNY also offered a lifetime warranty and that was a dealbreaker over EVGA higher priced similar model. I tried OC this card to Superclock specs, but it was not stable enough in gaming.
Summary: Got rid of my 2 ultra loud, super hot ATI HD4850's running in Crossfire. These things idled at like 68c and I had to run both fans at 62% for that. My computer sounded like a freakin vacuum cleaner. The PNY GTX570 from NVidia idles at 42c and is pretty much silent even when you're playing games. I was with ATI for several cards, but have had Nvidia cards before, as well as 3DFX's, even a Matrox Millenium II, plus others too many to mention.
Summary: I recently traded in my ATI HD 5870 for this card from nVidia. The reason for the change? I had my last straw with the ATI drivers. The ATI drivers are slow, big and buggy. It seems like every other version of the drivers had some major issue that didn't allow me to use them. I would always keep a running history of drivers and track which ones were acceptable for which purpose. Needless to say, I was sick of it and decided to give nVidia a try.