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Is there a way to check the "mileage" of a video card?

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Hi, just wondering if there is some kind of procedure or program that let's you know for how long has a video card been running? Thanks.
 

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You could check for physical wear/dust. There is no hidden counter or similar
 
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You could check for physical wear/dust. There is no hidden counter or similar
Of any sort?...not even at low level, like bios?

Oh well, that's all I needed to know...Thanks. :respect:
 
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You could check the thermal paste as a reference. If its dried up then you know.
 
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You could check the thermal paste as a reference. If its dried up then you know.
Most stock thermal paste is going to be dried up, so it would be hard to say for sure.

If a company would say that they would be using something like IC Diamond or another big name on their graphics cards, I would immediately switch to and support them.
 
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You could also check for PCB bending/warping (if the VGA uses a heavy heatsink), and for faint color shifts in the PCB lacquer (from heat exposure). If the card hasn't already been tempered with, and it doesn't void any warranties it might still bear, you could take off the heatsink and inspect the thermal paste/compound. Usually if it's fully hardened it means the card was used for a good while. Also, laser etching on the RAM chips gets darker and duller/more blended with the rest of the chip as it goes through thermal cycles. This takes some time, so it's also a possible pointer. In sleeve bearing fans, resistance to manual spinning can tell a little about how long and how intensively the card has been used.

All of this is very circumstantial and indirect evidence, you won't get any concrete numbers with any of it.
 

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Of any sort?...not even at low level, like bios?
The card will never write to the BIOS during normal operation (unless you manually flash), so no
 
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You can always look at the surface of the caps also. Not always an indicator of wear but if any of them are bulging you might wanna pass on it.
 

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most stuff wont die if you use properly and keep them clean.
most cases the capacitors leak, but even that has been fixed nowadays.