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How much was your most powerful GPU, in USD, before tax?

Poll ended at Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:13 pm

< $100
1 (3%)
$100 - $200
3 (9%)
$200 - $300
5 (16%)
$300 - $400
6 (19%)
$400 - $500
6 (19%)
$500 - $600
3 (9%)
$600 - $700
3 (9%)
$700 - $800
3 (9%)
$800 - $1000
No votes
> $1000
2 (6%)
 
Total votes: 32
 
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Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:13 pm

Inspired by this thought, how much do we spend on our GPUs? Looking for $ amount for the most powerful GPU you have that is currently deployed, not any historical one that's gone to Silicon Heaven.

Non-USian's can refer to https://www.xe.com/currencytables/ for historical currency rates, HTH...
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:36 pm

Got my Vega 64 when it was brand new to replace an aging GTX 660Ti unit. I do intend on keeping it for at least three years and it looks like there's a good chance of that happening since I'm not trying to jump into the whole 100FPS+/4K bandwagon.
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:49 pm

That would be an RTX 2070 at the beginning of April which fits squarely in the 400-500 bracket. Before that, it was a GTX 970 that I bought back in 2014 which did the same. GPUs are easily the most expensive component I'll buy for a PC, because I will(hopefully) be keeping them for a number of years. A part of me wishes I had spent more and bought a 1080Ti back when they were 700ish before pricing really went bonkers, but the 1080Ti is an anomaly. If I can pay 400-500 on a GPU I can keep for five years that's good enough for me. Paying more and expecting it to last significantly longer than that probably isn't a great bet.
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:55 pm

~200 - 2000 - GF2 GTS
$370 - 2003 - AIW 9800 Pro
$300 - 2005 - X800 XL
FREE - 2007 - X1950 Pro (Gift)
$145 - 2008 - HD 4850
$240 - 2010 - GTX 460
$230 - 2013 - GTX 660
$250 - 2015 - GTX 970 (B-Stock)

There ya go. By the power of online order history and emailed receipts, I give you my GPU history of this century. Most expensive GPU was an AIW 9800 Pro, and I justified that to myself because my PC was also my TV at the time. After being somewhat disappointed with the X800XL and realizing GPUs were among the most quickly devalued components, I implemented a self-imposed 2-year/$250 cap on myself. I highly recommend doing this, even if your numbers are different.

Only now am I raising the cap (to about $350) due to going up to 1440p and also having stretched my current card well beyond the usual lifespan.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:16 pm

Might change poll title to most expensive GPU. Hopefully the most recent was the most powerful :wink:
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:31 pm

The Egg wrote:
~200 - 2000 - GF2 GTS

How? iirc mine cost about twice that, also in '00, though iirc I had the higher memory (64MB?), but not Ultra, version.

I've probably had a dozen cards since then, via finding great deals and then flipping them soon thereafter to recupe or actually make money, but once that became bothersome, I now find I've only had two cards over the past decade+. Perhaps because I've become underwhelmed by the performance gains vs prior generations, paired with the lofty price tag the market is wiling to bear, but my current Kepler still is satisfactory for me re a cost vs benefit. Panel tech continues to slowly, incrementally improve; I'll likely stick with my Kepler until my decade+ VA panel dies or I at some point am sufficiently wowed by panel improvements to upgrade.

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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:00 pm

DrCR wrote:
The Egg wrote:
~200 - 2000 - GF2 GTS

How? iirc mine cost about twice that, also in '00, though iirc I had the higher memory (64MB?), but not Ultra, version.

I don't have a receipt on that one, so I'm going off a 20yr old memory. It might've been more towards $250, but doubtful it was any more. Mine was also 32MB and I believe it was some months after release.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:08 pm

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I give you my GPU history of this century.

What about the previous century? :)
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:18 pm

My vote ($200-$300) is based on the most powerful GPU in the entire household that I paid for, not my system personally. Two family members - who both game more than I do - got GPUs for Christmas sometime in the past few years.

It has probably been over 15 years since I paid that much for a GPU I intended to use myself, and none of those are still in service; these days I typically spend under $100. Most recent GPU I purchased for myself was a GT 730, for $80. Pretty much hits the sweet spot for my current use case (passive cooling, triple-head capability, decent Linux support, and inexpensive).
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:23 pm

meerkt wrote:
The Egg wrote:
I give you my GPU history of this century.

What about the previous century? :)

Cirrus Logic Something 1MB ISA SVGA (used in 386’s)
Matrox Mystique 4MB PCI
NVidia Riva 128ZX 8MB AGP
NVidia Riva TNT 16MB
NVidia TNT2 Ultra 32MB

The only one I bought myself was the TNT2U, which was about $150 I believe. Had a family PC business for a few years in the late 90’s which allowed me to cycle through them pretty quickly.
 
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Gerbil GPU maximum spent

Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:24 pm

The Egg wrote:
Might change poll title to most expensive GPU.
One might also want to look at the somewhat creative spelling of "gerbil" in the thread title. That can also be changed while editing the first post.

My most expensive graphics card was a GeForce GTX980Ti, which cost $685 four years ago.

My current Radeon RX Vega 64 is more powerful, but cost much less.

My old graphics cards have been handed down to family members.
Radeon RX Vega 56
GeForce GTX 980Ti
Radeon R9 290
Radeon HD7950
Radeon HD7870
Radeon HD7770
Radeon HD6970
GeForce GTX460
Radeon HD5850
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:41 pm

I don’t think I ever spent over $200 on a graphics card, and my current GPU is soldered to my motherboard. I think I spent $180 on my Rage 128 Pro 32MB card, and my more recent Radeons were probably around $200.

My first few computers came out together, so I don’t know what the exact cost of the Trident 1MB cars in my 386 was, for example, and I got a 2MB card upgrade for free.
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:43 am

The Egg wrote:
Might change poll title to most expensive GPU. Hopefully the most recent was the most powerful :wink:



I adjusted for time (..sort of like inflation).

Geforce 2 Ultra.. Spent stupid money at that time not because I wanted high frame rates, but rather I needed something that would provide DVI-out at a resolution that was very high at that time (..for my SGI 1600SW).
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:21 am

Vega 64 for $399 is the most expensive GPU I ever bought.
 
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Re: Gerbil GPU maximum spent

Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:34 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:
My current Radeon RX Vega 64 is more powerful, but cost much less.
My old graphics cards have been handed down to family members.
Radeon RX Vega 56
GeForce GTX 980Ti
Radeon R9 290
Radeon HD7950
Radeon HD7870
Radeon HD7770
Radeon HD6970
GeForce GTX460
Radeon HD5850

Yikes. I highly recommend a self-imposed 2-year minimum for you, even if you're handing them down. The bottom 8 cards in your list are all in a 5-6 year time period.
 
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Re: Gerbil GPU maximum spent

Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:58 am

The Egg wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
My current Radeon RX Vega 64 is more powerful, but cost much less.
My old graphics cards have been handed down to family members.
Radeon RX Vega 56
GeForce GTX 980Ti
Radeon R9 290
Radeon HD7950
Radeon HD7870
Radeon HD7770
Radeon HD6970
GeForce GTX460
Radeon HD5850

Yikes. I highly recommend a self-imposed 2-year minimum for you, even if you're handing them down. The bottom 8 cards in your list are all in a 5-6 year time period.


Well, depends on your hobby and how much you care.

I don't play as many video games as I used to, but I do care about GPU-compute. So my 3 last GPUs were the NVidia 560 Ti, AMD R9 290x, and now the Vega64. I might add a CUDA card to my collection, but I don't really do deep-learning. I actually prefer to use the raw-GPU C++ programming, so both NVidia and AMD don't really have too much going on there.

NVidia has a slight lead, but AMD cards are cheaper for the same amount of TFlops and memory bandwidth. So from a raw compute perspective, that's where AMD wins (even if NVidia cards have better libraries and better tested CUDA). Both the 290x (Hawaii) and Vega64 (Vega) are absolute compute-beasts. In a few years, I might be able to justify a Radeon VII purchase if my programming skills get better.

I will say that the upgrade from Vega 56 -> Vega64 is kinda wtf though. That's within the same generation, lol. Ditto with the three 7xxx cards.

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Unfortunately, Navi represents a generational-shift in AMD's programming style. I was betting that 64-sized wavefronts + GCN had another few years on it, but I bought my Vega64 at just the wrong time. Should have waited for Navi I guess. Maybe I'll get the smaller Navi 5700. On the other hand, AMD is really bad about updating their programming environment. Chances are that things won't really be stable for a few months (or even years). So Vega is the most mature platform they'll have for a while. So its probably a good thing to stay on Vega, even if it feels like its going to be going out of date.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:34 am

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Most recent GPU I purchased for myself was a GT 730, for $80. Pretty much hits the sweet spot for my current use case (passive cooling, triple-head capability, decent Linux support, and inexpensive).

I've always despised low-end cards due to the minefield of BS they throw at unknowing customers (tech from several generations past, such as Fermi in some of the 700-series cards, RAM shenanigans like larger amounts, but with inferior DDR2/3 and/or 32-bit interfaces). You have to really REALLY know what you're buying to not get screwed. I'm quite happy to see that integrated GPUs have put a hurt on this often-sleazy category.

Anyhow, your post got me thinking. Many people like yourself (and often businesses) buy low-end GPUs simply because they need more display outputs. It's almost surprising that Intel and/or others don't sell cheap PCIe passthru cards which allow users to add display connectivity while still utilizing the integrated GPU.
 
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Re: Gerbil GPU maximum spent

Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:24 am

The Egg wrote:
I highly recommend a self-imposed 2-year minimum for you, even if you're handing them down.
From 2007 to 2017, My gaming PC was hooked to a 2560x1600 60Hz monitor, which required a mid to high end graphics card for most games. Now I'm at 2560x1440 at 144Hz with FreeSync2.
Both the Radeon HD7770 and the GeForce GTX460 were purchased for systems that weren't primarily used for gaming. Sometimes, the timing of a new graphics card purchase has been driven by a family member's need rather than my own. I had recently installed the HD7950 in my main gaming PC and passed down the HD6970 when a family member wrecked another graphics card, triggering the HD7870 purchase. That's the slowest card still used to play games today. The person who uses it now has tastes that run mostly to puzzle games like Spooky Bonus and Mole Control at 1080p50 and lower resolutions.
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:35 am

For my personal use (mostly F@h) I voted $100 - $200 for a close out sale several years ago on a GTX650Ti. IIRC it was closer to $100 than $200. It has folded exactly one work unit in a system I hosed while trying to enable dual channel memory. This past week I verified it is not the reason for the no post no video state. I hope to have it up and folding in the near future.

When my son the avid gamer began part-time folding on my behalf I combined his birthday present and xmas present for a card with a $200 budget about every other year. The last card I bought him while he was in college was ~$220. When he graduated he bought himself a shiny new GTX1070 and still contributes part-time big F@h points.

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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:38 am

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Cirrus Logic Something 1MB ISA SVGA (used in 386’s)

Pfft. CL were trash before PCI. You should've gotten a Trident.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:37 am

If we're talking old-school, the first video card I ever owned was one of these. $179 in kit form - a bare PCB, a bag of components, and assembly instructions. Soldering iron not included.
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:13 pm

970 SLI ($312 Oct 2014 + maybe $280 for second one, maybe Q1 2015?)
1070 $460 June 2016
1080 Ti $770 ~Sept-Oct 2018
2080 Ti $1200 ~March 2019

My Gigabyte Auros 1080 Ti failed twice in the first 6-8 months, bought an EVGA 2080 Ti while waiting on the second RMA, they actually sent a 2080 back which I promptly sold. My Gigabyte Designare Z390 also took a crap about the same time, done with Gigabyte.
 
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Re: Gerbil GPU maximum spent

Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:19 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
The Egg wrote:
I highly recommend a self-imposed 2-year minimum for you, even if you're handing them down.
From 2007 to 2017, My gaming PC was hooked to a 2560x1600 60Hz monitor, which required a mid to high end graphics card for most games. Now I'm at 2560x1440 at 144Hz with FreeSync2.
Both the Radeon HD7770 and the GeForce GTX460 were purchased for systems that weren't primarily used for gaming. Sometimes, the timing of a new graphics card purchase has been driven by a family member's need rather than my own. I had recently installed the HD7950 in my main gaming PC and passed down the HD6970 when a family member wrecked another graphics card, triggering the HD7870 purchase. That's the slowest card still used to play games today. The person who uses it now has tastes that run mostly to puzzle games like Spooky Bonus and Mole Control at 1080p50 and lower resolutions.

I get it. All my old cards go to family/friends as well. The old GTX 460 just recently got retired from my dad's setup.....by the 660 that my nephew used for several years after me. Someone else will be getting the 970 soon. It's nice to see things getting their use, but that's a solid chunk of change in a fairly short period. Not sure I like my family that much. :P After all those gifted GPUs, they should be pooling their money together to buy YOUR next card.

Truth be told, folks can spend as they like, and I have no room to talk. The "limits" I mentioned a couple times above are more of a self-restraint thing that I started in my early 20's when I found myself to be spending more on PC hardware (and other tech crap) than I was comfortable with, and at a time when I had much lower income. It has worked very well for me. I see my nephews now making alot of the same mistakes I did, and knowing how quickly PC hardware devalues, it makes me uncomfortable. I'm probably responding with that on my mind more than anything. If you can take care of your family's gaming needs and get to enjoy messing with new cards in the process, more power to you.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:29 pm

meerkt wrote:
The Egg wrote:
Cirrus Logic Something 1MB ISA SVGA (used in 386’s)

Pfft. CL were trash before PCI. You should've gotten a Trident.

LOL. I did use a handful of them in other rigs. I don't really remember Trident or Cirrus being particularly bad or good. In the days of DOS, it seemed like cards were more about their choice of output modes, and had little to do with performance. I will say though, the card was used in a handful of 386's and even a 286, and never had any compatibility problems.
 
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Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:04 pm

Up until a couple weeks ago, the most powerful GPU I had was the one in the xbox360 and then the xbone. Yeah, that bad. I’m still not sure the rx570 is hat much stronger than the xbone-s.

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