What to do with your old Graphics Card

High-end GeForce RTX 20 Series: Used Pricing

  Years Since Launch Launch MSRP Price (May) Price (August) Used $ (3080 launch) Used $ (3080 release) Lowest Used Price Price Drop per Year
Titan RTX 1.8 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $1,500 $1,700 $1,430 -19.8%
RTX 2080 Ti 1.9 $1,200 $1,250 $1,400 $700 $800 $580 -19.1%
RTX 2080 Super 1.2 $700 $750 $780 $460 $600 $430 -12.4%
RTX 2080 2.0 $700 $750   $430 $500 $350 -15.5%

Let’s get into some number crunching now and we’ll start with the high-end of the Turing line-up. A card like the RTX 2080 was launched in September 2018, so it’s been two years since launch. The table details launch MSRP and average prices for new versions of these GPUs around May 2020 and August 2020, so a few months prior to and just before the RTX 3080 announcement.

Then we have the used sales data. This first column is the current price you can expect for the GPU based on completed eBay listings since RTX 3080 reviews came out. Then we also have a typical sales price for the GPU in the weeks between the RTX 30 series announcement at the start of September, and the reviews/launch. There’s also a minimum sales price for the cheapest models people sold during September 2020.

A big question mark about used GPUs right now is what’s happening to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Well, it’s a pretty interesting situation. As soon as the announcement of the RTX 30 series, people jumped on Ebay to sell off their 2080 Tis before the RTX 3070 and 3080 could destroy its value. Generally, the cards were being sold for around $700, which is a sizable 42% drop in price. But with Nvidia promising 2080 Ti-like performance at $500 with the RTX 3070, selling for $200 above that price isn’t the worst outcome.

In the week after reviews however – and presumably impacted by the scarcity of RTX 3080 cards – used prices for the 2080 Ti increased by ~$100 on average. This is still above average depreciation for a two year old GPU, which we think highlights the poor value of the 2080 Ti.

With 2080 Tis currently going for ~$800, we don’t see much reason buying one because you’ll be able to buy an RTX 3080 in the coming months for that price, and get even more performance. However, if you’re selling a 2080 Ti, now is a great time to cash in on that purchase, even if you have to drop down to a lower end GPU for a little bit. As soon as those $500 RTX 3070s hit the market, we don’t expect the 2080 Ti will be retaining that kind of value.

It’s a similar story for both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super on the used market, as soon as the RTX 30 series hit, people rushed to sell their old card and got a bit burned in the process. The big losers were owners of the RTX 2080 Super, a card that you can probably sell for $600 now but was only fetching below $500 in the week between RTX 30 announcements and reviews. With what we know about upcoming GPUs, it’s a real seller’s market for higher end RTX products right now, if the demand remains for these cards at $500 and above, you’re getting a pretty good deal for your older product.

Unlike the 2080 Ti, the RTX 2080 and 2080 Super have seen depreciation that’s right around the average for a used GPU. Based on current pricing, on average a used card will drop in sales price relative to its MSRP by 15% per year. The 2080 Ti was around 19% per year, whereas the 2080 is sitting at 16% per year.

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3. AMD Radeon Card Owners: Consult Your Settings Advisor

For owners of AMD Radeon cards who can’t decide which settings they want to sacrifice in the service of higher frame rates, recent versions of the company’s Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition (which is its GPU-management and performance-monitoring suite) comes with what the company is calling its Radeon Settings Advisor (RSA).

RSA is part of the full Radeon suite. It’s a real-time reporting system that tracks how well a game performs on your current setup. Just as important: It makes automatic suggestions for which settings can be tweaked to provide the best visual experience at a more consistent frame rate.

This takes a bit more of the guesswork out of the equation, though we’d always recommend that you tune your game to your own visual preference before taking the advice of a method governed by artificial intelligence. The reason why? Coming right up.

Final Thoughts

When you think about it, as long as this old graphics card has been used for more than 4-5 years, it should usually mean that it is already money well spent. With that logic, it should be easier to let it go even without getting a penny for it. This is why most people just give it to their friends rather than sell it on eBay.

Do not bother trying out stuff like mining cryptocurrency or doing SLI (dual-GPU setups). Mining cryptocurrency is only profitable through luck (because of the system) and, if you invest a ton of money on it.

For SLI, it is basically a feature that lets you use multiple GPUs for increased performance. The problem relies on the games that actually have SLI support. None of the games focus on implementing the use of this feature so it is basically useless.

Back Up

An old graphics card can serve as a spare graphics card and can come in handy when you least expect it. In instances when you’re having a crazy day with your primary graphics card ( these things just happen when you least expect), You can use an old graphics card as a spare graphics card for your computer till you get a new one 

9. Resizable BAR: Stop In, Have a Drink

Another recently introduced feature, Resizable BAR, has actually been sitting in the depths of beta BIOS builds on motherboards for a while now. (It’s also known as Smart Access Memory, or SAM, on AMD-based systems.) Just recently, it got flipped on as the emergence of PCI Express 4.0 buses on late-model AMD and Intel motherboards have allowed for a more efficient communication pipe to open up between compatible CPUs and GPUs.

The feature first made its appearance during the launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Series of graphics cards. When we tested the feature then, it provided only a small bump overall, with frame results that were up to 8% faster in certain cases.

Turning on Resizable BAR or SAM, if you’re able, happens in the BIOS, and it requires late-model components, so it may be less useful for folks with older hardware they are trying to extend the life of. It also may require updates to the motherboard BIOS and possibly the video card firmware. Check your motherboard manufacturer’s website for the appropriate BIOS updates required, as well as instructions on where to find the toggle for your specific model. Once again, our Resizable BAR primer has much more on the compatibility issues.

Why Did It Work?

In theory, most video card failures are not due to internal defects in the circuitry itself or from any single component "burning" out. Rather, it's the interconnects… the solder joints that fail, causing an interruption in the electrical pathways necessary for normal operation of the card. When you operate a video card under normal conditions, the card undergoes thermal cycles between different temperature extremes. Some cards can reach 90 degrees C or more when fully loaded or overclocked and then cool down to room temperature when the computer is off. This back and forth thermal stress causes expansion and contraction in the metal joints connecting circuits to one another. Sometimes, metal fatigue from thermal cycling can lead to cracking and discontinuity in an electrical trace or solder joint. This results in your card "dying" when in fact it's just one tiny little crack and nothing more.

The oven trick exploits the fact that solder melts at a fairly low temperature compared to everything else your board is made of (except the plastic, which is why you remove it). By heating the card to just above the temperature at which solder becomes a liquid, you allow the old joints to re-melt and flow for the first time since the board was manufactured. The goal is that whichever joint failed will re-connect when it melts, while the other good joints will remain connected. After all, solder wets other conductive materials, especially those coated in solder so there's less of a chance that a good connection will separate than the chance of a bad one re-connecting. After you cool the card, the molten joints harden again and the card will most likely work fine again, just like it did before.

It's a clever trick and I'm really drawn to the "home brew" nature of it. I'm particularly fond of caveman style hackery that actually utilizes proven scientific techniques. This definitely qualifies and it worked for me as it has for many other people so before you throw your card in the garbage, don't forget you have nothing to lose and a fully functioning expensive video card to gain if it does work. Plus you'll have a story to tell your nerd friends next time you see them. They'll all be envious of you. The only drawback is that you can't share your baking with your friends or family, unless they fancy the taste of lead and tin.

Test Card

An old graphics card can come in handy if you’re building a computer and you need a graphics card to test your unit before using the graphics card of your choice. 

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