Rescuing a GPU from the Mines. Good idea???

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It is April 27th, and we’re starting to see a break in GPU prices both at retail and on the secondary markets. With crypto values starting to fall, some miners are selling off their cards, but should you buy one?

But first… What am I drinking???

This evening it’s the Dab Lab Juice Joint from Block 15 (Corvallis, OR). It’s a 7.0% IPA, and is far sweeter than I expected, with more of a fruit punch taste taking over the traditional NW IPA, at least while the drink was cold. As it warmed up, more of the grassy hop notes came through. All said, I quite liked this one.

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I started noticing around a month ago, people starting to sell off their entire mining rigs. Now, the video cards being sold were still priced astronomically high, but the fact that they were selling them likely means they’re no longer profitable to mine with. I waited a few more weeks, and finally jumped on a good deal, which was a Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB for $300.

It came in the retail box, all accessories included, and even had the port covers still installed. Overall, the condition was quite impressive.

While reviewing this card, I paid very close attention to thermals and stability, things that might have been compromised from months on end of whip cracking in the mines. So the first thing I did was plug it in and make it run Furmark…. For 14 hours.

How did it make it through? Well, check out the video to find out.

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  1. Bought a used ASUS 1070 (that white oc version) on ebay, probably was in a mining rig since he was selling like 10+ or them. I paid 330€ and it works like a charm 🙂

  2. awesome video and i gotta if anything proably actual add more life into cause miners tend to keep the card runing as cool as possible

  3. My pride prevents me from buying from miners

  4. Over my dead body would i ever buy a GPU from a miner
    It enables them as a key part of how they get money is by selling their old cards.

  5. Yo no compraria una targeta usada al msrp salvo q los precios sigan asi de altos por mucho tiempo

  6. when i got my GTX 1080 it was an open box so i only paid $430 for it personally i think it was the cheapest GTX 1080 in the world… i am waiting to get a 2nd at that price so i can SLI

  7. You're wrong about them not being profitable to mine with anymore. The cards are still very profitable.

  8. So I always find I'm the odd ball in the room I don't care at all about noise

  9. buying a used GPU is like adopting a new-born child, give it love and time, and soon enough you will have a masterpiece of technology in your hands

  10. I dont understand absolutely anything of what he's saying but I still find it interesting lol

  11. Exactly as expected. As a very small miner, I know that most miners watch temps carefully. They are no more interested in burning up a card mining than you are in burning one up playing. Many of them paid big money for those cards, so they are ***precious***!

    We run them full bore? Not really, most underclock the card for mining efficiency. The GPU is not run hard all the time, since that wastes expensive electricity and produces only marginal improvements for most miners. It is run at 65% to 75% power, with the fan on, usually with power and fan setting controlled by MSI Afterburner software. Why? Because that produces the most reward for the least electricity and does not overstress the expensive GPU.

    If the miner selling the GPU knows what he is doing and paid attention to his mining rigs, there should be some great deals. Well, except the price of crypto is coming back and our rigs are making money again. So no promises!

  12. Well as far as it goes with mining my first card was a card that had been used for mining for 2 years it was a sapphire r9 290 and tbh it has refused to die I have given it to a friend since and tbh it's one of the best running and coolest cards I have had

  13. Great, informative videos, but keeps the viewer entertained well; professional, but not too serious; great, friendly personality and voice. You just earned a like and a sub, love the videos! Good luck for the future, I’ll be keeping up to date.

  14. I really don’t recommend it , i myself buy a 1070 from a minner, now let me tell ya that card has no life left in her.

  15. 72 C…
    I forget how to translate Centigrade to Fahrenheit, lol

  16. No thanks. You have no idea what conditions the card was run in or for how long and you certainly can't trust what they tell you about those things because if they ran it a long time and ran it hot they can just lie about it. I'd avoid a card used for mining like the black plague. Look around and you'll find horror story after horror story of people thinking they're getting a "deal" from a card used for mining.

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