i hear ya i sold 4 Titan X in rigs sold for $2200Primary: Gigabyte Eagle RTX 3070 I somehow snagged back in November for MSRP. I never stop feeling lucky for that right now.
Secondary: Radeon Vega Frontier Edition with a Raijintek Morpheus II cooler and two low profile Noctua fans. Previously in a Linux machine where I was playing with ROCm but now in the family PC.
After that it's a steep fall down to a 4GB Radeon Firepro W7000 (basically a professional grade 7870), then to a 560 Ti, and below that it's down to the rubble in my parts bin like a Geforce GT 610, a Radeon 4650, or a Matrox M9120... Man, I wish I hadn't sold my GTX Titan X.
He lost performance because the stock pads can't be re-used. They compress way too much. There was no "Memory junction temperature" back then, so he was probably phantom throttling (or even had a large core to core hotspot delta!) and didn't even know it.
Proof? I've opened my 3090 FE over 15 times now (various repastes, shunt mods, fixing shunt mods, removing MG842AR silver paint for proper shunt mods, proper thermal pads on my very last disassembly 13 days ago (FINALLY got the core to core hotspot delta to not degrade anymore after switching
Amen brother.1660Ti in my old rig. I built a new rig last fall and bought the 1660Ti as a "temp" card until I could get an RTX 3xxx or RX 6xxx card for it. Landed a 3090 last December, put that in the new rig, and moved the 1660Ti over to my old rig. I was going to get a 1660 Super, but when I got to Microcenter they didn't have any Supers with more than one DP output so I sucked it up and coughed up an extra $40-50 or so for the Ti. Pretty much one of those dammit I'm here and so are all of the other parts and I don't want to wait on one part for $50 sort of things.