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Was just wondering about how long a 5970 lasts for. I've been thinking about buying used.
The card has been in use for about 1 year and 3 months with an Arctic Accelero Extreme cooling. Price is 450$.
post #2 of 27
With Arctic Accelero cooling? At least 3 years as long as you aint forcing the voltages & games dont get that much more harder to run. But it seems a bit high for what I would pay for a 5970 that is more than a year old.
Edited by sloppyjoe123 - 10/21/11 at 10:29am
    
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Anywhere from 1ms to 20 years.... there's no real answer.
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i wouldn't buy it at that price. newegg had them new for 400 after a 100 dollar instand coupon. They are out of stock and they may not come in anymore but its possible that you can find them cheaper.
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The egg also had them open box for $200 the other day.
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I am from Canada, so prices are a bit higher. Also, the cards never been overclocked for extended periods. Only for testing.
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canadian prices are usually always higher. the stock cooler for the 5970 was garbage and stock temps were close to 100c if not more. The cooler he is selling it with keeps the temps around 28 idle and 60-65 max so that should increase its life by a lot, if it has not crapped out yet and he is not pushing it there's no reason it should, however it is completely random with hardware. Looking on ebay and other sites the 5970 is priced in the range of 400-500 with stock cooling and that cooler is about 80$ so the price is not to bad if you take shipping and taxes into consideration. All depends on if you want a warranty and slower card or no warranty with a faster card and cooler temps.
post #8 of 27
Do you need a dual GPU card? I would stay away at that price.
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Do you need a dual GPU card? I would stay away at that price.
What makes you say that?
post #10 of 27
AMD fans, correct me if I'm wrong but from what I remember, a 5970 is not really two 5870 in crossfire. Actually, it's more like two 5830s in crossfire. Additionally, the AMD 5xxx series video cards did not scale that well compared to what's out now.
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