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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2019, 09:33 PM
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I am going to say if I had the $149 I spent on the Power Color Red Dragon RX 570 8Gb with choice of 2 AAA free games I would do it again , I even like the card over my RX 580 8Gb for some odd reason It just seems the target AMD was really after as maybe why Sapphire is toying with 16Gb RX 570

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Personnally I'd buy an ex-mining card, if it was 1-2 yr old. But only if I really trusted that it wasn't any older, so you'd pretty much have to buy from a friend or someone that could show u the receipt and the serial #s match etc.

I probably would have got a used 1080ti, if they weren't so expensive here in Canada. But on the other hand, I really really didn't want to spend that much on a used card from ebay, with no proof of it's usage history, just someone works.

No one's done a real study, with real statistics on this stuff. CPUs sure can last a long time at 24/7 usage. It's the external parts that fail 1st usually, and even the solder fails before the chips themselves a lot of times it seems.

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So I'm glad I found this thread. On ebay I just purchased a MSI Graphics Card Radeon RX 580 Armor 4gb OC to replace the 670 Windforce 2GB in my sons PC. I got a really good deal on it, $100 to my door. In the listing he stated he was just upgrading his computer and it was only 8 months old. He also has a motherboard and RAM for sale as well, so that somewhat checks out. I also emailed him and stated I still wanted it either way, but please let me know if it was a mining card so I would know how it was previously used. Once again he confirmed it was only for gaming. Now, obviously there is a chance that he could be lying, so I'm going to test it as if it were a mining card. So I'll run some benchmarks on a loop, maybe furmark. In my possession, this card will not be overclocked. Any advice on the best way to test it / determine that it should last? What's a normal temp for these guys? It will be in a Coolermaster Elite 130 case, so there is no fan next to the GPU, only a vent.
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