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Friends card died, how long do GPU's generally last?

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December 10, 2011 5:13:23 PM

His graphics card recently died, like two days ago.

Basically what happened at first is he would randomly get freezes while playing Skyrim. These started occurring more and more often and eventually it just broke.

He had it for 2 years and the warranty is 3 years. He doesn't have the slip or whatever though and he's just going to upgrade. I'm not exactly sure what card it was, I wish I could remember but it was expensive for a card bought back then (215$) I do remember it being Nvidia though.

So my question is, how long do graphics cards generally last?

My first graphics card was a Nvidia Geforce 6600 (or 6800?) which still works after 2 years of playing it and 3 years of being in a cupboard. I replaced it with a Geforce 9400 GT which I had for a year and a half before I gave it away after getting my first Radeon card.

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a c 273 U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 5:20:17 PM

It depends how a card is treated during it's working life as well as the quality of the card to begin with, my old Geforce 2 card is still working in a PC somewhere last I heard.
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 5:30:28 PM

I have some 8800 GTX's in SLI in another PC that I've had for like 6 yrs. One of them died after like 6 mos, the others had no issues at all and they have been used heavilly.

I have some older cards in my closet that still work as well, some are like 10 yrs old lol.

It just depends, a lot of it can just come down to luck with slightly better hardware. They can last 2 days or 20 years. That's one reason I always buy EVGA, most of their stuff has lifetime warranty. Keeping them as cool as possible definitely helps though.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 5:37:42 PM

As mousemonkey it depends on how it was treated. I'm also sure the climate you live in has a lot to do with it. I have an old 7900GT still kicking strong myself. :) 

Actually I have a 9500Pro that still works, not good for anything though....
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a c 365 U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 5:38:33 PM

It varies. I had a card that died after only 6 months (not overclocked). Others lasted up to 3 years and were replaced by more powerful cards.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 5:45:06 PM

well if there's not any manufacturing defects causing sudden deaths, cards can last at least a decade if traeted nice, ie low temps and cleaned when needed so the dust wont clog it up
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December 10, 2011 8:13:21 PM

Really? Don't certain parts have limited use? Like little nodes or transistors or something that can't function after x amount of hours.
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 8:29:42 PM

my voodoo 2000 is still being used in a magic jack/file server machine by a friend of a friend
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a c 87 U Graphics card
December 10, 2011 8:41:30 PM

internetswag said:
Really? Don't certain parts have limited use? Like little nodes or transistors or something that can't function after x amount of hours.

nope, not really...
thermal cycling can cause solder joints to fracture, too high ambient temps can dry up the elcos, high current densities can cause electromicration in the metallic conductors on dies leading to open circuits or shorts, etc... but nothing really has a 'best used before date' stamped on them
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December 10, 2011 8:57:37 PM

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December 10, 2011 8:57:45 PM

Thanks guys :) 
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