Should You Purchase a Used Mining GPU?
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Although mining GPUs are not without danger, the hazards generally exceed the cost savings.
Here are the primary risks of purchasing an old graphics card for mining.
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Mining GPUs are anticipated to operate continuously, performing medium to heavy-weight activities.
Therefore the fans will constantly be spinning at a greater RPM.
Even the best fans will fail much sooner than expected because gaming GPUs aren't typically intended to handle an infinite workload.
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One guy who purchased an RTX 3080 for mining said that his GPU, which was supposed to have 10GB
of VRAM, only had 8GB. Some memory modules had really perished, and the card
was reprogrammed to function with what was left, which was 8GB.
Many vendors' warranties (including EVGA, Asus, and Gigabyte) clearly declare that GPUs used for
mining are not covered. Other firms simply specify that "improper usage," "neglect," or "misuse"
will void the warranty, and mining is likely to fall under at least one of these categories.
If a vendor is selling many GPUs simultaneously, particularly if they're
not all the same model, they're probably from a mining rig.
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