What video card has served you the longest before upgrading?

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Pfff, talk about bragging, lol

lol not bragging, it's just the truth. Before that I briefly had 7970s and 680s, along with a slew of older cards and gaming notebooks. Ditched my Titans after a while due to the price drop on the 780 and the release of the ti, so I switched to 780 lightnings, then traded for 780 HOFs. Got a third one recently that I'll probably sell.
 
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Radeon 9700 Pro lasted me from 2002-2006, longest tenure ever at 4 years. I think my 8800 GTX lasted from 2006 to 2009, a solid 3 years. Shortest tenure was the next card, GTX 285 lasted me I think less than 1 year.
 

Nahawand

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XFX Geforce 6800GT 2004-2007 Sys 1 basically new system when Crysis came.
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 2003-2007 Sys2 Counter strike:Source became hard to run after all the updates

and the longest will soon be these 480's I've been running in this system for nearly 4 years now, and will probably serve much much more, as I have aftermarket cooling on them never go beyond 70c on the top card.
 

OofC_S7v7N

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Bought a 7800gt back in 06 that went with my Athlon 64 3700+ that lasted me four years until games out paced it and I had to upgrade! That rig lasted me a good while for the games I was was playing!
 

grayprint

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Probably my 8800GT. Pretty amazing that it can still run some games at decent settings to this day.
 

Hulk

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Radeon 9800PRO, the original Far Cry never looked so good!
 

greens

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GTX 275

I'm still using it. Waiting to see what Maxwell has to offer and then finally upgrading to that or a discounted 780 Ti.
 

hcforde

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Well, it is not a single card but they were bought from craigslist about a month after they came out in 2009. 2 - 2GB ASUS Eyefinity cards(with 6 mini displayports). They listed for $649 each. I got them both for $550.

The background story was a company had purchased them to put into a newly acquired HP computer. When they talked to the rep from HP they were told that the cards would void the warranty. They put them on craigslist for $600 for the pair. This was a Sunday I had $150 cash and could only get $400 from my ATM(daily withdrawal limit). The guy said fine. He assured me they were not hot and gave me the link to Newegg to view the invoice.

I have used them for 5760*1200 gaming, 2560*1440 gaming, financial trading using 12 monitors. I have recently upgraded to a new gaming rig with 2 - R9 290X cards so I can game in 4K.

These 5870's have been on 24/7 without a hiccup and still serve me well.
 

McClintoc

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My Nvidia 6800 Ultra AGP. I had for almost 3 years then it actually died on me so I had to replace it. That's when I switched to Radeons and got an HD 4870 AGP. The 4870 turned out to be the card I used for the shortest amount of time as I built a whole new computer about 5 months after I got it and that's when I made the switch to PCIe.
 

Jalseng

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8800gt, awesome card. The best during its time, even when the 9000 series came out lol..
 

yergg

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8800 GT lasted me the longest. Ran that card for 5 years. Thinking back, I owned a crapload of cards since 1999 when I started building my own computers. Lots of "every 6 month" upgrades.

3DFX Banshee
nVidia TNT2 Ultra 32mb (Diamond Viper V770 Ultra)
GeForce 2 GTS
GeForce FX 5900
Radeon 9800XT
GeForce 6600GT
GeForce 7800GT
GeForce 7950 GX2 (got this on a RMA when eVGA ran out of 7800GTs to send me)
GeForce 8800GT
Radeon 5850
GeForce GTX 460 1GB SLI

Currently running a 7850 2GB until my R9 290 shows up.
 
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Enilder

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8800 GT lasted me the longest. Ran that card for 5 years. Thinking back, I owned a crapload of cards since 1999 when I started building my own computers. Lots of "every 6 month" upgrades.

TNT2 Riva
3DFX Banshee
GeForce 2 GTS
GeForce FX 5900
Radeon 9800XT
GeForce 6600GT
GeForce 7800GT
GeForce 7950 GX2 (got this on a RMA when eVGA ran out of 7800GTs to send me)
GeForce 8800GT
Radeon 5850
GeForce GTX 460 1GB SLI

Currently running a 7850 2GB until my R9 290 shows up.

Wow. Same here. 8800 GT "lasted" me 5 years. I simply upgraded my GPU so it didn't break after 5 years. I also want to mention 460, which is about 3?4? years old.
 

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For me personally...

NVidia TNT2 Ultra 32mb (Diamond Viper V770 Ultra)
Quadro 2 Pro 64mb (Elsa Gloria III)
Radeon 9800Pro 256mb (Sapphire Radeon 9800Pro modded to XT)

...But, although I never owned one I think the all time would be the Radeon 9700Pro. I remember some people running those that would still outrun my watercooled and overclocked 9800Pro/XT.

Just upgraded a pair of Quadro FX 3500's in non-SLI mode to a Radeon HD 5850. This should last me a long time.
 

yergg

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Wow. Same here. 8800 GT "lasted" me 5 years. I simply upgraded my GPU so it didn't break after 5 years. I also want to mention 460, which is about 3?4? years old.

I had my 460 1GB Hawks in SLI for 3 years. Actually just sold them on eBay because I was upgrading to a 1440p monitor and ordered a DirectCU II 290.

At 1080p, the 460SLI still has a lot of game in them.
 

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Sapphire AMD 4870X2 1GB with an Arctic Cooler Extreme added a bit later.

Lasted from January 2009 to January 2013.
Replaced it because I got a 1440p monitor and it couldn't keep up.
 

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GeForce 6600 GT lasted me for ages. Put an aftermarket heatsink on it and overclocked the crap out of it :D
 

sirmonkey1985

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longest and still working video card i've ever owned is my Creative 3Dblaster voodoo banshee 16mb.. although windows 7 doesn't like it, still works as a emergency card(yay for PCI cards).

as far as value goes the 2 8800GT's in my sig which i bought a year after they came out for 200 a piece.. still haven't found a game i like where i've out right said "i really need to replace these things".
 

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My eVGA 9800 GTX lasted me for 5 years before I finally upgraded to my current system. I had it paired with a Core 2 Duo E6400, Asus P5B Deluxe and 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer RAM. Still works just fine. As a matter of fact, it actually runs most games at 1200p medium/low settings. Sometimes have to drop to 720p depending on the game.
 

yergg

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GeForce 6600 GT lasted me for ages. Put an aftermarket heatsink on it and overclocked the crap out of it :D

I think my 6600GT would have gotten a lot more milage if I would have gotten the PCI-E version in the first place. The AGP was kick ass, but I had the itch for a PCI-E, so it had to go.
 

spressa112

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I have an AGP 6800 Ultra in my mame machine still. Fan's clicky from time to time but i've had it going for 10 years now.

It's probably the only card i've kept longer than 1 1/2 years before looking to resell or upgrade.
 

Pastuch

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Radeon 9500 Pro to 9700 Pro with soft-mod was insane value. I kep that card for over 3 years and it was cheap as chips.
 

NLW

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That's a tough one. Either my old Radeon 9800Pro or my HD4850. Both lasted me 3+ years, if memory serves.
 

Outlaw85

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EVGA 8800GTS 640MB

Used in complete build in 2007, SLI'd it in 2010. Replaced in 2013 with GTX660
 

ep0x73

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Abit Geforce 4 Ti4200 AGP, still in the same P4 box I installed it 10 years ago.
Removed the dinky fan and put a larger thicker fan on before I even installed it.
 

Spyhawk

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Definitely my Ati 9800xt. Its still being used in one of my computers. It must be the all time best dx9 gpu chipset of all time. The next most used would have to be this 7970 that Im still using and then the evga 285 that's in one of my other pcs.
 
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When I was a broke kid in high school, my nvidia geforce tnt2 and ati radeon 9700pro lasted for around 3 whole years. Ever since, I've been upgrading graphics cards annually.
 

danike

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Bought my Evga Gtx 570 off ebay Nov 2011 for $200 and still can't find a good enough upgrade to be worth it. It plays everything still.
 

MuZI

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8600 GTS.

It has passive cooling and powers my light gaming rig. I purchased it back in 2007 and it still works. I hope to keep it going for 2-3 more years before it totally becomes obsolete to me.
 

Kardonxt

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8800gt for sure. I still have a couple around for backup cards / impromptu lans. They don't look great but still run just about everything out there.
 

crispy79

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I have a 9800GT and 9600GT (with passive accelero cooler) that I gave to my brother and put in my daughters computer that have been going for 5+ years.
 

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GTX580. The first time I went for the big card theory. For me, it has worked out a lot better than getting smaller cards and CF/SLI down the line.

2 years++, before replacing it.
 

D-EJ915

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Geforce 3 lasted me the longest. Think it was about 2 years.
GF3 here as well, that card was a beast. I'd mostly stopped gaming when I got the GF3 so the only reason I replaced it with a GF 6800 was because the fan had died.
 

m0unds

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approximately 2 yrs on my 7970 - that's the longest i've had a single card without feeling some itch to upgrade.
 
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