Graphics cards are the most expensive PC part of a computer. As they are big and exhaust lots of heat, because of bad uses sometimes they don’t last long. But how much exactly they live and how you can get the most out of your GPU, let’s discuss it in this post:
How Long Does A GPU Last? A GPU (graphics card) generally lasts from 5-7 years but in extreme overclocking situations, GPU can only last 3-5 years. However, most of the GPU got replaced not because of any hardware failure but for getting outdated and not being able to run the latest softwares.
I have surveyed different people with different graphics cards about how long their GPUs last. I have also asked if they overclocked it or not.
Here is some of the data I have found:
|GPU Name||Launch Year||Lifespan||Overclocked/Status|
|GeForce GTX 770||2013||6 Years||No/ Replaced for getting old|
|GeForce GTX 1080||2016||4 Years||Yes/ Wear out|
|GeForce GTX 1070||2016||5+ Years||Little Bit/ Running currently|
|GTX 980 Ti||2015||5 Years||No/ Stopped working|
|GTX 1060||2016||5 Years||Yes/ Sold|
Note that, I have not intentionally included the latest GPUs in this chart. As GPUs like Nvidia 3070, 3080, the AMD Radeon series are pretty new, so we can’t get a clear idea about how much they last seeing the latest GPU.
So, I have only included only the aged GPUs which were former beasts, and people still using them for a long time.
Can A GPU Last 10 Years?
Users mostly replace GPUs because they got outdated, as after 5-6 years when it gets old and also other software stops supporting it, so they can’t keep up with the latest software at that time, then obviously, user has to replace it.
However, it is possible to keep GPU running for 10 years, but there are huge chances that it might not be able to run anything that the latest GPUs will run at that time.
As technology is changing rapidly, no matter how long your GPU lives, you should check how your GPU supports the latest software and process them.
That’s why I always advise buying the latest GPUs and CPUs only for using them for a long time.
Things That Can Affect GPUs Lifespan:
How you are using your computer (GPU), how much stress you are putting on your GPU definitely affect the lifespan of it. Also, the overall cooling of your PC also affects GPU health. Now, let’s discuss it in detail:
Here are some factors that can hurt graphic cards in different ways.
If your rig has a very powerful GPU and CPU, you have to use a powerful AIO (All in one cooler) too for giving them enough cooling.
Because if the cooling system you are using can’t cool down the parts quickly, then using a very high-end GPU is useless.
As GPUs exhaust lots of heat, they end up heating up too much and you see a performance decrease instead of increasing.
Moreover, having proper airflow is another factor to look at if you expect long run time from your GPU. People often think bigger cabinets can give better airflow.
A bigger PC cabinet definitely helps the airflow but not completely. If the airflow direction is not in favor of your GPU, you can’t expect the best performance.
I saw people installing PC cabinet fans in opposite direction, which also disturbs the airflow.
The sad reality is overclocking reduces the lifespan of PC parts including GPU. As GPU consumes more power while overclocking for giving more performance, eventually it hurts the GPU in the long run.
Another issue in overclocking GPUs is that you don’t get enough money if you sell them second-hand compared to what you get on the same GPU in normal conditions. So if you are planning to sell your GPU after buying a new one, you shouldn’t overclock it, otherwise, you can’t get maximum value.
Not only that, if you try to push too hard and increase the power supply tremendously, it can also burn the complete system including hardware failure.
At last, there is nothing wrong with overclocking but in a limit. Just don’t be too harsh with it.
Good Power Supply:
This factor often people neglects. As GPUs consume too much power, if you don’t have a sufficient power supply (PSU) then this will affect the lifespan of it.
You can also see sudden crashes, performance drops because of not having enough power.
Not only that, but the quality of refined current also matters. Often the expensive PSUs provide quality refined current and at a constant rate compared to cheap ones.
That’s why, for increasing the life of your GPU, use a good CPU that can provide sufficient power.
Dust And Debris:
Dust is an enemy for a computer. It is the thing which you can’t stop easily, that’s why you have to clean your PC on regular basis.
Talking about the GPU, dust gets inside through the fans, and over time, it blocks its airflow and heats up the system quickly.
So, clean the GPU fans, other PC fans to keep up the good health of not only GPU but also the whole PC.
How Long Do Overclocked GPU Last?
The lifespan of GPU decreases when it is overclocked extremely. As GPU consumes way more power when overclocked for giving better performance, so this negatively affects GPUs lifespan.
On average we can see a 2-3 years lifespan difference between a regularly overclocked GPU and a normally used GPU.
How Long Do GPUs Last For Gaming?
If the user uses the GPU carefully, don’t overclock extremely, the GPUs last the same (5-7 years) as GPUs which are used for normal tasks.
You just have to take care like I have discussed above for getting the best out of it.
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In this post, I have discussed how long do graphics cards last, what are the measures you can take so that the GPU can perform better for a long time.
If you have any further questions in mind regarding this, feel free to reach me in the mail or comment down below. See you in the next post, be techy:)
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