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company like Evga and XFX has life time warranties

but do you actually need lifetime on products that is gonna change in a couple of years?

let say you get a gtx 580 now and in 5 years it breaks down do they give you a gtx 880? top of line 5 years later? or a card that is similar in performance? let say a gtx 850?

I'm asking this because my sapphire 9800XT( i know it's an ancient beast) still works after 8 years ! and i think it's gonna actually last me a lifetime
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They would just give you the same card...
So if you bought a Gtx 580 and it breakdowns 5 years later, they would just give you another gtx 580.
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Originally Posted by puffsNasco View Post
company like Evga and XFX has life time warranties

but do you actually need lifetime on products that is gonna change in a couple of years?

let say you get a gtx 580 now and in 5 years it breaks down do they give you a gtx 880? top of line 5 years later? or a card that is similar in performance? let say a gtx 850?

I'm asking this because my sapphire 9800XT( i know it's an ancient beast) still works after 8 years ! and i think it's gonna actually last me a lifetime
No, they will not upgrade your 8 year old card to a GTX580 because it broke.

And I think it is a little early to be talking about it lasting you a lifetime. If you consider most people live close to 80 years old, 8 years doesn't seem like that old.
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post #4 of 12
Not necessarily. Once they stop making that card, they may turn around and give you a card that THEY deem a similar card which in performance views may be deemed lower.
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post #5 of 12
I had an XFX 8600GS under a lifetime warranty and it crapped out on me. I RMA'd it and they sent me a 9800GT. It was awesome. I think the way it works is they will send you the equivalent but if the equivalent is not being made anymore, they will step up to the next card still in production.

Is it necessary? Probably not. But it sure is nice not having to spend more than shipping on a new card when your old card takes the plunge.
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Originally Posted by Nukaazul View Post
They would just give you the same card...
So if you bought a Gtx 580 and it breakdowns 5 years later, they would just give you another gtx 580.
That is granted that they have a GTX 580 in stock. Otherwise you will get an equivalent video card.

That doesn't always mean that you will get a replacement in either case. Some companies are very conservative and when the card is EOL, you're SOL.
post #7 of 12
5 years from now? they'll give you one with similar performance, not similar pricing. 5 years from now a 580 will probably be pretty low end though.
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post #8 of 12
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awww low end

i know how that feeel with my 9800XT it was a beast back in the old days~
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by puffsNasco View Post
awww low end

i know how that feeel with my 9800XT it was a beast back in the old days~
with technology, stuff goes outdated every year.

but at least you don't have to regret so much unless you own apple products.


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