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How Long Does a Graphics Card Last?

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A graphics card is one of the most important components of a computer system whose relevance is crucial to the overall performance of a computer with regards to the execution of graphics for games, video editing, and other graphic-themed software.

Just like every other computer component, there comes a time when your graphic card is gonna be like “ Nah, I can’t do this no more, I need a break” and with or without your consent, your graphics card is calling it quits.

There is no fixed duration for how long a graphics card would last because how long a graphics card lasts is large as a result of two factors – its build quality and its usage.

Build Quality

Different manufacturers have different operating conditions for their cards, which determines how long and how well they can function under certain conditions. Some manufacturers also specify how long a particular graphics card will last, which is mostly between 7 months for entry-level graphics cards and  3-5  years for high-end graphics cards. However, under good power and working conditions, the graphics card can last more than the manufacturers’ warranty, lasting for up to   7 years. 


The durability of a graphics card depends on the applications that it is mostly used for, as well as its working conditions. Some graphics cards are overclocked, heated and have become home to dust and debris and unfavorable conditions that can affect the performance and durability of a graphics card. Other times, when a graphics card is low-powered, it can result in video crashing and constant use of low voltage on a graphics card can affect its performance as well as its durability. 


Take note that even the most powerful graphics card does not last forever but you can help it last longer by taking certain steps such as avoiding overheating, and proper ventilation. 

Using a graphics card under the right working graphical settings and power conditions can also help it last longer than the warranty given by the manufacturer. 

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Favour Etim

Years of hard work, research, and internship in technologically and computer-related fields have helped Etim Favour to produce informative and engaging writings on computers and technology-related products. When Favour is not writing, you’ll find her answering questions to help gamers and office workers to build the best battlestation/workstation.

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