How long do graphics cards last?

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#1 Posted by goofers9000 (46 posts) -

You always hear about console gamers saying "you have to keep upgrading them to play games". Being new to PC gaming, how much of that statement is true? If I get a high end card, say 4890 or GTX275, how many years until I stop maxing out games? How many years until I have minimum settings? I know there are other factors like CPU etc, but in general. Thanks guys.

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#2 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

Well considering a 4890/gtx275 can't max out Crysis at 1920x1080, 0 days.

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#3 Posted by GTR12 (12582 posts) -

Well if u can live with running things on low grafics, a high-end gfx card will last a good4 yrs. Some last even more (classics like radeon 9800)

It will stop maxxing games out about after 6-9 months. But this depends on publishers, how often u see a game like crysis.

But then again this all depends on what games u play, and other configuration, cpu, ram.

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#4 Posted by Perhampus (231 posts) -

many people over estimate the value of CPU in gaming my e8400 gtx 260/216 core setup did fine in gta 4 which was supposed to be the quad core experince type of game....

and to answer your question pretty long.... my opinion is there is still a long time till DX11 gets into full kick many people haven't even seen DX10 perform on their DX10 cards... my setup that I have has been maxing out all games at 1680x1050 resolution and there hasn't been evena hiccup in any game (you name it dead space, prototype, fallout 3 FEAR2, godfather 2 and a long list including ArmA II but thats only demo....)

you should be well off for a couple years in my opinion 2-3 easily

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#5 Posted by TerroRizing (3210 posts) -

I think the current crop of cards are going to last along time, the newer ones will have new features though.

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#6 Posted by djdarkforces (812 posts) -

4890 will last about 2 years

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#7 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

in a realistic world an hd 4550 or 4650 would last a year if you dont mind medium to low on your games. but to max out stuff get a 9800gt or hd 3870x2 and sit quiet for a year meybe a year 1/2 that minimum. but this sint for everyone.

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#8 Posted by paraskhos_basic (1243 posts) -
dont know why people think this way about PC graphics cards now to the topic i wanna say that it totally depends on which card u buy and what u want from that card if u want the best cards on market u will have to upgrade every year but if u want the cards to play at medium and low settings it shld last u somewhr btw 4-5 years also a good card now like gtx 285,275,295 etc shld last u quite some time like 3-4 years at high settings especially gtx 295 also remember the low of PC gaming is not even medium settings for ur consoles buy somewhr btw these cards and u shld be fine gtx 295,285,275,260 also u can go sli later to add more juice when prices for these models come cheap
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#9 Posted by whitey_rolls (2539 posts) -

I have an 8800GT currently which I purchsed about 16 months ago. The card at the time couldn't max out everygame on the market, however it will provide me with graphics equal to or possibly a bit better than the current crop of consoles. I'm expecting to be able to use this card for atleast another year before it starts causing me any sluggish frame rates while still having the game look good. If I was complacent with medium/low settings I could probably get another 2-3 years out of it.

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#10 Posted by Luminouslight (6397 posts) -

Get XFX and it will last forever ;) .

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#11 Posted by Deadly_Fatalis (1756 posts) -
If you don't mind bumping down the graphics, you GFX card can last quite a while. Usually, people have their own way of doing it. For example, you can say you will upgrade your graphics card every 2nd or 3rd generation.
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#12 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

deadly you have that point right to some degree however every 3rd generation is a bit much imo by that time your card is lucky to handle the lowest demand games at all.

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#13 Posted by TerroRizing (3210 posts) -

deadly you have that point right to some degree however every 3rd generation is a bit much imo by that time your card is lucky to handle the lowest demand games at all.

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Depends on the generation, this last generation was a huge increase, but since the 8800's came out, not so much.
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#14 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

mm true enough but like moving up a generation in say cpu's isnt much with some hardware moving frm a pentium 4 to a celeron dual core isnt much.

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#15 Posted by cs45F (1147 posts) -

Well considering a 4890/gtx275 can't max out Crysis at 1920x1080, 0 days.

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Who cares if it cant max it out at that res not everyone has that size screen.
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#16 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

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Well considering a 4890/gtx275 can't max out Crysis at 1920x1080, 0 days.

cs45F

Who cares if it cant max it out at that res not everyone has that size screen.

You're absolutely correct, my tri monitor setup has res of 5760x1080, Crysis certainly won't run well then :P Ok joking aside, it can run Crysis on high/enthusiast on 1280x1024-1680x1050. (Although 1920x1080 isn't that uncommon, I got 3x2409w all for 220 dollars(Well 2 of them for 220 dollars, my first one was 350 but that was 6 months ago). 24 in monitors are sooo cheap now, well the TN panels are)

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#17 Posted by Chris_53 (5436 posts) -
how long would it be before my card can only run things on medium to low? its in sig but its a 9800GTX+
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#18 Posted by kemar7856 (11743 posts) -

they can last 5+ years but the question is will it keep up with games

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#19 Posted by neatfeatguy (4126 posts) -

You always hear about console gamers saying "you have to keep upgrading them to play games". Being new to PC gaming, how much of that statement is true? If I get a high end card, say 4890 or GTX275, how many years until I stop maxing out games? How many years until I have minimum settings? I know there are other factors like CPU etc, but in general. Thanks guys.

goofers9000
"Maxing" out games on PC is great, but if you have a good resolution of at least 720p or higher, then any game you play on medium settings or higher looks better then what a current gen console can do.

Well considering a 4890/gtx275 can't max out Crysis at 1920x1080, 0 days.

JigglyWiggly_
CryEngine 2 graphic engine for Crysis is poorly optimized - any current high end card that struggles with a game that was released at the end of 2007 means that the game is just that, poorly optimized. To the OP: don't base your decision on the sole fact - "Can my computer max out Crysis?" Truth be told, there really aren't any computers out there that can max out Crysis without either spending a truck load of money or having some performance hiccups as you play through. If you're looking to get into gaming, your best bet would be to pick up a decent GPU (HD 4850 or the GTS 250) and use it for a year or two - don't spend a ton of cash on a GPU right now. Once DX11 cards start coming out in the next 4-8 months, you can see what they offer and eventually pick one up a year or two down the road. Don't spend all your money for now.
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#20 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

Graphics cards should last quite a long time. I mean - look at crysis, it's still the most demanding game out there and it's a few years old. Hardware is upgrading way faster than games are. An 8800GT is pretty old but still a great card. GPUs should last 5 years unless you want to max games constantly. Even on medium settings games will look better than consoles.