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post #11 of 19
I think now its more about how hard you punish your VRMs rather than the chip itself. I would think if you keep the card relatively cool, and dont have it heavily OC'd for a real long time, under load (folding) they will last a good 5+ years.
Really depends on the quality of the caps, and other compnents on the PCB too.
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Originally Posted by LiLChris View Post
I still have a 7350 LE that I used for a good amount of time and it never got messed up on me.
But then again my GTX 480 lasted 3 months then needed a new one from RMA, now its half a year old.
Wow, what happened?
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post #13 of 19
All my 3DFX cards still work. Voodoo 2 Voodoo 3 2000. I have an EVGA 6800 Ultra that is still kicking it.
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post #14 of 19
I think the high end cards will last as long as you're willing to tolerate them.

A few years ago I bought an X1800XT 256MB and an X1950XT 256MB (both Sapphire brand) a few months apart from each other. I also put Arctic Cooling Accelero X2's for both of them to help tame the temperatures and noise. The X1800XT lasted a a little over 6 months and had to be RMA'd to Newegg (back when Newegg accepted RMA's for up to one year from purchase date) due to the VRAM going bad and causing constant artifacts. The replacement lasted another 2 years in a friend's computer, as a "loaner" , that eventually got trashed when he decided to finally upgrade.

I ended up using the X1950XT for about a year and a half before the same artifacting started to happen. At which point I just upgraded to an HD4850 512MB. Then a little after a year later I switched to two HD4850 1GB cards in Crossfire. A few months after that an HD5970. A few months after that a pair of GTX 570's. And at the end of the Step Up period, I'm currently now on my GTX 580's.

This goes back to my point that any tech will last you as long as you want it to. With the help of Ebay and the For Sale forums, it has become very easy to offload older hardware and upgrade to newer tech without taking as big of a financial hit. That and the fact that near high-end performance can be had for much cheaper price points today as opposed to what was available just a few short years ago. Thank you competition!
     
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post #15 of 19
i still have ATI 3d Rage Pro cards that work
i have an operating Nvdia vanta-16
i have somewhere in this mess, an operating voodoo 3 in one of my old systems, im checking fleabay to buy a voodoo 5500 and continue the collection.

far as it goes, ive not managed to kill a card unless its manufacturer defect, 3 of my old rage 128 pros, and rage 2000s are running web surfing old pcs for friends, cause all they do is facebook and msn
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocstar96 View Post
I wonder, how long do high end cards last?
The fact you post in THIS forum qualifies you as at least enthusiast, therefor you will have already changed your card with a newer one much sooner than when it will reach the end of his life I think.
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one second to 100000 years.



never know
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My 7900 GTX lasted about six months. I won't mention the previous nvidia cards I had. The other cards like 8800 gts, 9800 gt, 260, 275, 295, 470 has never died yet except one 470 was DOA.

In my say so if it doesn't overheat past 95 all the time it should be fine for a long time. If not, there's always RMA.
    
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It is quite impossible to say with any certainty. It is sort of like saying how long will my car last, or how long will my dog live. It depends.
but mommy said my dog will live forever
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