Paranoia thread: what would you do if GPU failed?

Ragenrok

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Just keep your eyes out at local retailers for a good card if you dont want to go the used route. My boss and his friend got a gtx 1080 and 1080ti for msrp 2 weeks ago but just watching local retailers that haven't gone with crazy pricing and waited for them to get stock in.
 

Ripskin

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I always keep my previous card as a backup just in case. Wont be the best but at least it works and I can do something until I figure out a proper replacement. Though when connection types change it kinda sucks :(
PCI to AGP, AGP to PCIE :( At least PCIE x#... are compatible.
 

noxqzs

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I thought everyone here was also lying on a small pile of excess computer parts? No?
 

M76

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I'd find the first miner and talk him into giving up his graphics cards. Too bad I don't know any miners personally. Guess that's a good thing, means that I selected my friends well.
 

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Replace. I have 14 GPUs running, there's no way all of them can fail ;)
 

Aireoth

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Cry, then pop my old 980 Ti Hybrid in and run it until a wild Ampere appears.
 

deaedius

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I have a spare amd 7870, or steal the card in the kid's computer and give them the 7870.. lol
 

ng4ever

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I would get my replacement card in 2 days so no worries.

I forgot I have a integrated video on my processor. So I can still use my pc!
 

euskalzabe

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I thought everyone here was also lying on a small pile of excess computer parts? No?

Personally, I give away every hardware part that I no longer use. I upgraded my PC last year, we used the mobo/cpu/gpu/ddr3/hdd to build a friend of mine a new pc on the cheap, he just had to buy a case and PSU. This week I got a new laptop through work, rendering my old personal one useless, so I'll be gifting that to another friend who could use a laptop but can't really afford one right now.

It's always felt like the right thing to do.
 
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Nenu

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Personally, I give away every hardware part that I no longer use. I upgraded my PC last year, we used the mobo/cpu/gpu/ddr3/hdd to build a friend of mine a new pc on the cheap, he just had to buy a case and PSU. This week I got a new laptop through work, rendering my old personal one useless, so I'll be gifting that to another friend who could use a laptop but can't really afford one right now.

It's always felt like the right thing to do.
Similar.
I give away most things except say a 2 year old top end gfx card.
This I will sell for around 2/5 of the original price. Any less and it causes problems oddly.

I have found when you give away expensive items regularly (or sell too cheap), those that dont get them start to dislike you and those that do get them expect more of the same and also start to dislike you if they dont get anything more.
Relationships become partly dependent on what you give away and I have dismissed friendships that ended strongly this way.
 

euskalzabe

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I have found when you give away expensive items regularly (or sell too cheap), those that dont get them start to dislike you and those that do get them expect more of the same and also start to dislike you if they dont get anything more. Relationships become partly dependent on what you give away and I have dismissed friendships that ended strongly this way.

I can see that. And, no offense intended, but it sounds like those friendships may not have been as deep/valuable as you originally thought. I usually only give to people who have demonstrated deep trust and a real connection to me. Then, without telling them what I'm going to do (in fact I usually mention I'm going to sell my old stuff, even though I never do, so nobody assumes they'll receive it), I show up one day like "I've known you've needed this for a while. No need to worry anymore, here". The people I've given to, they've never expected more from me - I also make a point in giving democratically to those who need, and rarely repeat the person as I know plenty who need different hardware.

All this to say, so far, it hasn't been a problem... but I definitely see what you mean and it's something I keep in mind, to be careful about stressing friendship first, and gifts much later. That said, it'd be real cool if Apple decided to upgrade their frigging Mac mini so I can finally gift my husband a new desktop machine he sorely needs...
 

somebrains

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I have a 1080ti, and I'd just have work buy me a Titan bc I help everyone setup/admin/debug their workloads.

ML is becoming the new desktop normal.

Even the marketing and BI guys are using GPU instances somewhere in their applications.

I mean if you wanted HEDT to play with at work, justify a tensorflow box with the guys that live off banging out SQL.
 

Nenu

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I can see that. And, no offense intended, but it sounds like those friendships may not have been as deep/valuable as you originally thought. I usually only give to people who have demonstrated deep trust and a real connection to me. Then, without telling them what I'm going to do (in fact I usually mention I'm going to sell my old stuff, even though I never do, so nobody assumes they'll receive it), I show up one day like "I've known you've needed this for a while. No need to worry anymore, here". The people I've given to, they've never expected more from me - I also make a point in giving democratically to those who need, and rarely repeat the person as I know plenty who need different hardware.

All this to say, so far, it hasn't been a problem... but I definitely see what you mean and it's something I keep in mind, to be careful about stressing friendship first, and gifts much later. That said, it'd be real cool if Apple decided to upgrade their frigging Mac mini so I can finally gift my husband a new desktop machine he sorely needs...

Its odd what can trigger a negative response when they were otherwise charming and fun on the surface, especially when I mean well.
Among groups its hard to do something without it being known to all eventually, family included.
Jealousy is a sod.
I suppose in the end I know who are the decent folk :) ... maybe lol.
 

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I would probably literally just give up and get rid of everything, as it is I'm 5 minutes away from selling everything I have every day and just vanishing, maybe going back to consoles (older systems) or just vanishing into the wilderness :)
 

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I got lucky. My 770 died a few months ago and I got a RMA 1070 Ti replacement. I was in the market to upgrade but the prices kept me from buying. If this card dies sometime soon (unlikely) I'll probably just run off integrated graphics until prices come down.
 

TaintedSquirrel

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I saw someone who RMA'd their 980 Ti a few days ago and got a 1080 back so I kind of hope mine fails.
 

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I use my Workstation for work too so I would just have to go out and buy a new card, but my 1070 is still in warranty so I would probably sell it when that comes back.
 

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I'd probably stick to the PS4 Pro I just bought and make due with Horizon: Zero Dawn, the Uncharted games, and The Last of Us until Ampere came out.
 

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When my 1080 borked, I pulled the 1070 out of my secondary rig. I happened to have a small gaming network. Hardware gets bumped down when I upgrade. Once I no longer have a rig on my lan to put parts in, the parts get sold off, traded or put in something for someone else. It's a good thing that I never sold my 1070, because it took MSI almost 6 months to find me an RMA replacement for the 1080. I do have an RX 580 lying around here that I don't care to sell.

Always have a backup.
 

chenw

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I have several contingency plans:

1. A spare 970 sitting in my drawer

2. RMA

3. If all else fails, 1030 to make sure my computer is still functional for stuff not including gaming.

4. Switch/3DS.
 

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any reputable brand is going to have some RMA stock on hand, as greedy as they are with feeding miners over priced cards they still have a warranty to maintain

i use EVGA and gigabye at the office workstations, and resell and for myself. if i had to RMA something and they couldn't send me one because of no stock id never use them again. just tells me the opted to cash in on overpriced cards screwing us long term gamer/customers instead of using their head for keeping their customers covered
 

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I've got 2 cards to fall back on incase of emergency:

1) Gigabyte GTX670
2) MSI GTX570

And of course onboard.
 

notarat

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what would you do if GPU failed?

I'd press 2 buttons and move my USB KB/Mouse.

1 - Power off my 4770K-based comp with the Titan X
2 - Power on my 1600X-based comp with my Asus Strix 1080Ti OC
3 - Unplug my KB/Mouse from the 4770K and plug it into the 1600X
4 - Then sell my car and some blood and mortgage the house to buy a new video card.
 

Red Falcon

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I thought everyone here was also lying on a small pile of excess computer parts? No?
It's expensive to buy high-end GPUs only to let them sit in a box, slowly becoming obsolete with each passing day, with the gamble that one of the primary GPUs being used will simply fail.
I mean, maybe some individuals on here do that, but to buy an $800+ GPU and then let it sit in a box doesn't make a lot of sense... :confused:

I don't think anyone here planned on GPU mining to become the colossus that it is now, either, especially having to go back to 2012-era tech to simply game at 1080p - something like this has been completely unheard of and is totally unprecedented.
Like graboids. :D
 

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My 1080ti's are barely making $2 a day now. I have to think the mining boom is coming to an end for this season, but it will probably heat up again in later in the year. I bought an RX 560 2gb for my son and daughter at $100 each. Much to my surprise, that card plays all my games perfectly. Overwatch on ultra gets 90-100fps, mechwarrior online plays fine -- my 1080ti is nice for VR, but gaming wise i could be happy with an RX560
 

noxqzs

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It's expensive to buy high-end GPUs only to let them sit in a box, slowly becoming obsolete with each passing day, with the gamble that one of the primary GPUs being used will simply fail.
I mean, maybe some individuals on here do that, but to buy an $800+ GPU and then let it sit in a box doesn't make a lot of sense... :confused:

I think you missed the point. Why couldn't a person throw in a card they had prior to the one failing? Not everyone sells all their gear once they upgrade to the latest and greatest. I still have older generation cards that play current games well. What kind of an PC enthusiast doesn't have extra gear laying around?
 

Nenu

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I think you missed the point. Why couldn't a person throw in a card they had prior to the one failing? Not everyone sells all their gear once they upgrade to the latest and greatest. I still have older generation cards that play current games well. What kind of an PC enthusiast doesn't have extra gear laying around?
I keep an older mobo/gfx card around for emergencies but anything that is still decent for gaming gets given away or sold cheaply.
No point in letting it go to waste when people can make good use.
I sometimes get my older kit back when they next upgrade.
 

noxqzs

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You guys make valid points. My original point was more sarcastic, but you know, just like lies there is always a little bit of truth to it.
 
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