What is your backup GPU?

WilyKit

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1080Ti is my primary, Vega 56 is my secondary. I also have a pair of 1060 6GB and a RX480 4GB. Was hoping to upgrade to a 3080 or 3090 but well… we know how that goes.
 

UltraTaco

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1080Ti is my primary, Vega 56 is my secondary. I also have a pair of 1060 6GB and a RX480 4GB. Was hoping to upgrade to a 3080 or 3090 but well… we know how that goes.
A few more gpus and it'll be enough for a 3080 downpayment!
 

bobzdar

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My laptop is my backup (Zephyrus G14 with 4900HS/RTX2060). Basically have to downgrade from 4k to 1080p, but it's honestly not all that big a deal and makes for a great portable setup.
 

sethk

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Many of us clearly have multiple PCs and probably help / support family and friends with PC issues and also worry about games viability when the primary GPU is down.
I haven’t really sold anything myself either but over the years I build or donate the older cards away. This is the first time i’ve been tempted to sell anything (I have a spare rtx card) but I deeply dislike the idea of scalping so I will wait until prices dip below parity or sell it to a family member or friend that isn’t looking to flip it. Well that’s what I will likely do as soon as low end cards are back to MSRP for the purpose of having a backup.

One other thing I’ve seen mentioned before is that low end cards often have lower quality parts like ultra cheap fans that die silently and can leak from overheating caps and the like but I suspect that’s old info. I like the idea of having a low powered highly compatible card like a 1050 ti or similar but of decent quality that I expect to power on a decade later.
 

DanNeely

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I have a 3070 in my primary gaming machine. Got 2x 1070's doing distributed computing (BOINC) in secondary boxes that I could pillage on minimal notice if needed.

I've also got a 1080 that I need to try again to get the waterblock off of. (I over tightened the mounting screws, and when I tried removing them I was stripping heads and breaking the other ends of the standoffs free from the polycarbonate part of the block instead of loosening the screws from the standoffs as intended.)

Beyond that I've got a GTX 980 and an RX 560 gathering dust because I never got around to selling them after getting the 1070's during the last crypto-crash.
 

dthree

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currently using an rx6800, but have a 3070 on backup too.. May swap those 2 around for primary/secondary :)
 

RS_Surge

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8800gt. My old backup was EVGA GTX 580, but that's in my retro rig now. And I gave my Asus DCUII GTX 670 to my mom.
Asus Strix 1070 and Zotac RTX 2080 is on current rigs, so if one of them goes kaput, I would need a newer GPU which is still impossible to get.
 
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I have a XFX Radeon HD 5450 1Gb card as a back up for my RTX 2060. I quit gaming over a year ago so it wouldn't be a huge loss if my RTX 2060 died but I do like to have it for crypto mining.
 

Burticus

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I have a XFX Radeon HD 5450 1Gb card as a back up for my RTX 2060. I quit gaming over a year ago so it wouldn't be a huge loss if my RTX 2060 died but I do like to have it for crypto mining.

Quit gaming? You make it sound like a narcotic addiction. 😎
 

Hallyday

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I had a 1080 Ti laying around doing nothing, but I sold it and it's just a 3 gig 1060 Dual right now. I got a fancy studio interface with the cash though, I'm using that with my mics for karaoke. I was keeping the card in case I invite people for gaming with a secondary PC, but the pandemic made that real hard so I finally let it go.
 

Sickb0y

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Unfortunately, nothing is odd since I have 3 brand new PSU for backups, about 15 4tb-6tb hard drives standing by for my TrueNAS and Unraid server in case I lose a parity drive, data drive or a zpool drive drops on my TrueNAS server, multiple brand new ssd, keyboards,mouses, but no GPU :nailbiting:

I pretty much accepted that I won't be getting a GPU any time soon and if my current GPU crap outs I manage to get a PS5 back in November and a xbox series s for gaming until there's GPU available in 2030 :rolleyes:
 

RS_Surge

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I manage to get a PS5 back in November and a xbox series s for gaming until there's GPU available in 2030 :rolleyes:
I saw a PS5 available in Walmart around 6 months ago and didn't buy it. I made the wrong choice since it's hard to even get it now. If only I can turn back the hands of time.
Now, there's no GPU's or Consoles available.
 

UltraTaco

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I saw a PS5 available in Walmart around 6 months ago and didn't buy it. I made the wrong choice since it's hard to even get it now. If only I can turn back the hands of time.
Now, there's no GPU's or Consoles available.
If all fails, there's PS1 available!
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NattyKathy

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My laptop is my backup (Zephyrus G14 with 4900HS/RTX2060). Basically have to downgrade from 4k to 1080p, but it's honestly not all that big a deal and makes for a great portable setup.
G14 is a sick machine, honestly good enough to be the main system for a lot of folks. I almost got one recently but ended up getting a b33fier 15" laptop because I need maxi power, but for what's basically an Ultrabook, the G14 doesn't give up much perf compared to the larger machines.
 

Riptide_NVN

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I got a G15 coming back from warranty service this week. The fans started making grinding buzzing noises. Not real impressed with that. Hopefully the issue is resolved because down the road if it happens again I'm spending $60 for replacements and performing the surgery myself.
 

bobzdar

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G14 is a sick machine, honestly good enough to be the main system for a lot of folks. I almost got one recently but ended up getting a b33fier 15" laptop because I need maxi power, but for what's basically an Ultrabook, the G14 doesn't give up much perf compared to the larger machines.

Yeah, I previously had the acer helios 500 which was a monster of a DTR, but the power brick alone for that thing outweighed the g14 and it just wasn't portable enough. I've been really happy with the g14 so far, desktop class power with an 8-10 hour battery and ultra portable, plus it doesn't look all gamery. It has a few minor downsides: no webcam, half the ram is soldered, single ssd, but it has truly amazing performance and cooling for the size with no usability or ergonomic hiccups. It basically ended my sff experimentation as there's no way to fit more power in anywhere near the same size form factor.
 

Chassepot

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6800XT in main machine, 3070 in wife's machine I would annex in the event of an emergency....barring that would be G15 laptop wit the 4800HS/RTX 2060.
 

txsizzler

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I am using a 3070 I stripped from a prebuilt; have a 980 as a backup, followed by a a Radeon 7970, 7870, 6950, GTS 250, and then my ancient Radeon x1900xt and 9800 Pro.
 

Susquehannock

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Backup? This. Hardware bought back in the day. Got the card free actually. The profit driven upgrade crap got old long ago. No need for uber fancy graphics here. Plenty of great older titles that can be had dirt cheap. And no need for 27 button mouse.


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JSHamlet234

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Backup? This. Hardware bought back in the day. Got the card free actually. The profit driven upgrade crap got old long ago. No need for uber fancy graphics here. Plenty of great older titles that can be had dirt cheap. And no need for 27 button mouse.

I have a couple of those, but unfortunately none of my motherboards from that era can still POST. They probably just need recapping, but that's not my forte.
 

Jack Of Owls

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I have 2 backup GPUs - a GTX 660 Ti and another one in the same family of slightly less power that I inherited from my sister after she passed away (I was the one who picked it out for her). My current GPU is an Asus STRIX GTX 1070 that I paid about $350 for on sale when it first came out. It amazes me that we no longer have quick and easy purchasing options anymore, not to mention absolutely no discounts from retailers :(
 

DrezKill

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GTX 1080 Ti is my main card, GTX 970 was my backup, but I gave it to my brother on the other side of the continent. I still have a GTX 570 and a GeForce 8800 GT lying around if I need a PCI-Express card to serve as a temporary replacement to the 1080 Ti if something should happen to it.
 

Chris_B

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R9 290X which I'm currently using. Reference card so a noisy bastard.
 

FlawleZ

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Same dilemma as me, although my backup is the identical 3090. So tough to even get anything so I decide to keep it for now.


I love my 8800 GTS! One of the most fun card I have when I had abundant of time for gaming.
I still have 3 640MB 8800GTS and 1 is the rare 112sp version. They were great cards.
 

schizo

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I have a GTX770 as my backup, plan to use it when I step-up to an EVGA 3080i.

Sold my old GTX1080 and GTX1060 for truly insane prices already. Amazingly it looks like I could get >$100 for the 770, but really not worth my time.
 

lopoetve

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Now:

3090
6800XT
3080 (in a system with issues or it would be higher)
3070
2080TI
 
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