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.
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.
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