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What should I do with a 7800 gtx?

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I recently upgraded and now have spare system with a 7800gtx just sitting around. I don't want to sell it since I probably can only fetch like $30 for it. Since it's has one of those EVGA lifetime warranties, my intention is to keep using this card until it croaks so i can trade it in, even if that takes 20 years (maybe, or possibly we have all reached singularity by then and don't use crappy silicon and PCB contraptions in our cyberbrains anymore).

However I have no clue what i can do with this old thing. It's not physx compatible, so I can't use it as a physx card. I probably doesn't support cuda, so no folding for me. Maybe I should turn the box into a server or a htpc (too loud?).

It hasn't been overclocked ever and now I'm thinking about overclocking it too just to see how 6 year old tech overclocks. I remember hearing about something like the shaders don't get bumped up linearly? I also find it interesting that my 460 is merely 4x more powerful than the 7800gtx. I guess that follows Moore's Law pretty much to the letter.
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i vote HTPC because as you said its probably the best use

you could also "accidentally" unplug the fan and overheat it so it dies faster
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LN2 time.

Killing a card in the most stupid and anti-climactic way possible doesn't sound like fun to me..
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give it to me??????????????????????
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give it to me??????????????????????



joking yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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give it to me??????????????????????



joking yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, it would be worth it if the lifetime warranty transfers, but it does not. Assuming EVGA still upholds their lifetime warranties, if this card croaks, its worth a trade in for one of their unsellable stock, such as a 465 or 480.
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Originally Posted by yoshirama View Post
Well, it would be worth it if the lifetime warranty transfers, but it does not. Assuming EVGA still upholds their lifetime warranties, if this card croaks, its worth a trade in for one of their unsellable stock, such as a 465 or 480.
Yeah I'm still waiting for the 6800GT in my parents comp to die so I can test out that warranty...
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post #8 of 9
I still have a MSI and XFX 7800GTX. Sadly the XFX hasnt died, I've been curious what they would give me, probably some lame card.
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post #9 of 9
HTPC vote here as well
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