Nothing wrong with most mining cards. To be as profitable as possible they're typically run at 70% TDP and much lower voltage and speed.
Originally Posted by TheHorse
I mean I read your post but it never clarified that you weren't going to use it for mining.
Some people will tell you video cards used for mining are perfectly fine and I disagree completely.
Think about it. If you're going to buy a used car, would you rather pay $8k for one that has been treated normally or $7k for one that has been driven by a 16 year old who admitted they abused it and every time they accelerated they floored it, never changed the oil, and ran over the biggest potholes and speed bumps they could find for fun? Really not at all worth it. It may be fine, but it's probably not going to be.
That's exactly how mining cards aren't treated. Do you really think they're treating their profit machine poorly?
You can't compare a machine to silicon that way, you just can't. Literally none of those things apply.
Mining cards are actually treated better than server cards since the researcher probably aren't underclocking and under volting their cards.
FWIW I'd gladly buy a mining card from a place like OCN.
The latest mining bubble was only about a year long so almost all the current "mining" cards are going to have a warranty so that's good.