How often does a high end graphics card burn out?

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#1 Posted by FFVIIROCKS (1176 posts) -

I guess what im trying to find out is if I drop 500 bucks on a GTX 580, which I play on playing for at a minimum of 1 to 2 hours on most days - plus doing alot of photoshop editing, I would like to know how long they usually last.

Now I know some people get lemons, but if the card works right how long should i last? I mean it seems like your constatnly pumping an amazing amount of power though it and if you playing your games on insanly high settings it will burn out rather quick.

I just dont know if i should just get the GTX 570 or GTX 580....which is about a hundred and 70 dollar difference.

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#2 Posted by Tezcatlipoca666 (7241 posts) -

Most manufacturers cover video card failure well beyond their actual useful lifespan.

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#3 Posted by masterdrat (1075 posts) -
Unless you get a doa and you don't OC, it will last many years. Playing games and photoshop edit is not considered really heavy usage of video cards, more a normal usage I would say. Can't say about 570 and 580, I just got an 580. Most people here will tell you to go with ATI atm.
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#4 Posted by FFVIIROCKS (1176 posts) -

Unless you get a doa and you don't OC, it will last many years. Playing games and photoshop edit is not considered really heavy usage of video cards.masterdrat

What about playing games on insane settins for hours upon hours at a time. Like when i do have a free day i might be on it for like 5 or 6 hours with the game cranked up to the max haha.

I did figure photoshop wasnt that bad though haha

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#5 Posted by FFVIIROCKS (1176 posts) -

this GTX im thinking about buying says "superclocked" but im not planning on doing and overclocking to it myself...is this a bad thing?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590

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#6 Posted by masterdrat (1075 posts) -

[QUOTE="masterdrat"]Unless you get a doa and you don't OC, it will last many years. Playing games and photoshop edit is not considered really heavy usage of video cards.FFVIIROCKS

What about playing games on insane settins for hours upon hours at a time. Like when i do have a free day i might be on it for like 5 or 6 hours with the game cranked up to the max haha.

I did figure photoshop wasnt that bad though haha

Some people here are playing, like 14 hours a day if not more. As long as you keep it clean, it will last. If you play on insane settings (as in more than the card can take) you will only experience some lag and framerate drop.
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#7 Posted by commander (14988 posts) -
[QUOTE="FFVIIROCKS"]

[QUOTE="masterdrat"]Unless you get a doa and you don't OC, it will last many years. Playing games and photoshop edit is not considered really heavy usage of video cards.masterdrat

What about playing games on insane settins for hours upon hours at a time. Like when i do have a free day i might be on it for like 5 or 6 hours with the game cranked up to the max haha.

I did figure photoshop wasnt that bad though haha

Some people here are playing, like 14 hours a day if not more. As long as you keep it clean, it will last. If you play on insane settings (as in more than the card can take) you will only experience some lag.

A good psu does wonders and like someone said earlier don't overclock. I have gerforce 2's that are ten years old where i gamed on day and night.
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#8 Posted by FFVIIROCKS (1176 posts) -

[QUOTE="FFVIIROCKS"]

[QUOTE="masterdrat"]Unless you get a doa and you don't OC, it will last many years. Playing games and photoshop edit is not considered really heavy usage of video cards.masterdrat

What about playing games on insane settins for hours upon hours at a time. Like when i do have a free day i might be on it for like 5 or 6 hours with the game cranked up to the max haha.

I did figure photoshop wasnt that bad though haha

Some people here are playing, like 14 hours a day if not more. As long as you keep it clean, it will last. If you play on insane settings (as in more than the card can take) you will only experience some lag and framerate drop.

haha, ok thank you :)

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#9 Posted by Blue-Sky (10379 posts) -

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

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#10 Posted by Tezcatlipoca666 (7241 posts) -

A good psu does wonders evildead6789

Definitely. The worse your PSU's voltage regulation and ripple suppression the more damage you are doing to your components.

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#11 Posted by masterdrat (1075 posts) -

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

Blue-Sky
If your motherboard can crossfire, do what blue sayd. Otherwise, superclock means it's stock OC so the card you listed is ok since it comes with manufacturer guarantee.
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#12 Posted by V4LENT1NE (12901 posts) -

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

Blue-Sky
Add that you need a board that supports Xfire, more money. Add to the fact that you need a PSU that has more Wattage, more money. Add to the fact that some games bug out with Xfire and dont scale well so you have to wait for patches. Its not all clear cut win with 2 cheaper cards in SLI or Xfire.
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#13 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -
Save 100-150$ and get GTX570 TwinFrozrIII, OC it past 580 and you're set.
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#14 Posted by Hekynn (2164 posts) -
If you keep it clean from dust etc it should last about 4-10 yrs. My old Evga 8800GT lasted for 4 and a half years and it was a great card till it died out from bad memory etc.
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#15 Posted by middle-earth88 (1262 posts) -

Every once in awhile I hear about people still using ATI X1800's and X1900's. Also I hear of old GeForce 7800's and 7950x2's still in use. These cards were quite high end at the time and they are still going strong. By going strong I mean they still work. These days they arn't very fast. They came out sometime in 2006-2005 I believe so it is possible that high end cards of today will last five or six years or so.

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#16 Posted by Tezcatlipoca666 (7241 posts) -

Every once in awhile I hear about people still using ATI X1800's and X1900's. Also I hear of old GeForce 7800's and 7950x2's still in use. These cards were quite high end at the time and they are still going strong. By going strong I mean they still work. These days they arn't very fast. They came out sometime in 2006-2005 I believe so it is possible that high end cards of today will last five or six years or so.

middle-earth88

A few years ago I sold my 6800 GT to a friend. It's been in daily use since 2005 :)

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#17 Posted by LordsLoss (2584 posts) -
Buy the GTX 580 and just SLI later if you want. I have the superclocked version and it works great. Plays everything on max settings.
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#18 Posted by seriousley (1093 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

V4LENT1NE

Add that you need a board that supports Xfire, more money. Add to the fact that you need a PSU that has more Wattage, more money. Add to the fact that some games bug out with Xfire and dont scale well so you have to wait for patches. Its not all clear cut win with 2 cheaper cards in SLI or Xfire.

I had this option but decided to go with a single 6990...why? because when the price drops I can just buy another one when I want to.

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#19 Posted by FFVIIROCKS (1176 posts) -

Buy the GTX 580 and just SLI later if you want. I have the superclocked version and it works great. Plays everything on max settings. LordsLoss

Yeah I was planning on doing that probably at some point, now when you do SLI does each card have to be the exact same, or do they both have to be sli ready?

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#20 Posted by JohnF111 (14190 posts) -
[QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

V4LENT1NE
Add that you need a board that supports Xfire, more money. Add to the fact that you need a PSU that has more Wattage, more money. Add to the fact that some games bug out with Xfire and dont scale well so you have to wait for patches. Its not all clear cut win with 2 cheaper cards in SLI or Xfire.

My board was the cheapest board available and supports crossfire, not more money.
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#21 Posted by JohnF111 (14190 posts) -

[QUOTE="middle-earth88"]

Every once in awhile I hear about people still using ATI X1800's and X1900's. Also I hear of old GeForce 7800's and 7950x2's still in use. These cards were quite high end at the time and they are still going strong. By going strong I mean they still work. These days they arn't very fast. They came out sometime in 2006-2005 I believe so it is possible that high end cards of today will last five or six years or so.

Tezcatlipoca666

A few years ago I sold my 6800 GT to a friend. It's been in daily use since 2005 :)

I still got my 8500GT running in a server, i bought that when it was just released and it's been running 24 hours a day for the past 3 years and before that i played games on it, also have a 9600GT lying around as a spare which i bought brand new and can still handle games at fairly ok settings :P
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#22 Posted by scottahuch (1580 posts) -

It depends, it can be difficult to say for a brand new card. Most cards will last you a really long time, but if you bought something like an 8800GTX when it was released, they are known to die after about 4-5 years of heavy use (mine died in 4 years :(). However, my 10 year old GeForce 2 is still alive and kickin' :P

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#23 Posted by V4LENT1NE (12901 posts) -
[QUOTE="V4LENT1NE"][QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

2x HD 6950 ($500) >>>>> 1x GTX 580 ($500)

JohnF111
Add that you need a board that supports Xfire, more money. Add to the fact that you need a PSU that has more Wattage, more money. Add to the fact that some games bug out with Xfire and dont scale well so you have to wait for patches. Its not all clear cut win with 2 cheaper cards in SLI or Xfire.

My board was the cheapest board available and supports crossfire, not more money.

There are cheaper boards out there with the bare minumum needed for a computer. Technically it is more money for that feature if it was needed.
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#24 Posted by topsemag55 (19063 posts) -
The GTX 580 can endure up to 97 C, but it shouldn't get that hot unless your house is super-hot. Use a utility like MSI Afterburner to make your own GPU fan speed profile.