Actually, if they wanted to they could easily put in a mechanism into the CPU or GPU itself to find out. It just depends on whether or not it's worth the cost of doing so.
They want to sell to miners but not warranty those cards.Originally Posted by JackCY
Then why are you selling most of them to miners? Hmm? Straight from the factories, they never even get to retail channels to begin with.
Plus unenforceable even if somehow magically they convinced NV to add some hidden usage information that would show what the card was used for which in itself is probably borderline illegal.
A friend has 4 7970s that have been mining since the day they were bought in 2012.Originally Posted by Rayleyne
No game has ever been able to create a workload similar to synethics and mining, Mining causes an unrealistic workload on parts that were never intended to be hit that hard, Hence cards get RMa'd more due to it, An average card could live for 10 years under a gaming load with no issue, It is unlikely to last that long with mining, That being said mining does keep all parts at the same average temperature for longer as constant hot cold cycles caused by gaming can cause problems after 4-5 years.