Which brand makes the most durable GPUs?

Mac Pro 2009

macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 3, 2014
I'm told overheating is the main cause of a GPU's demise these days, keep your cool, keep your GPU. But what brand is best known for making durable GPU's? ATI or NVIDIA? I'm hesitating between a 5870 or a GTX 680 personally...

Demon Hunter

macrumors 68020
Mar 30, 2004
The best thing you can do is find a card with a good warranty and easy RMA process. Certain cards will get hotter than others… my old Radeon 4850 comes to mind, that thing actually got to like 90C… if you're really that worried about it, buy a brand that already attached an aftermarket heat sink for you and warranties it against defects.


macrumors G4
Oct 14, 2008
To make the matters worse, besides the chip maker, there is also the card manufacturer: Gigabyte, MSI, Asus etc. But honesty, it does not matter. Take the one which offers best performance for what you do. There is no real longevity difference between GPUs, or at least no study comparing it.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 16, 2011
Macclesfield, UK
I too would suggest this comes down to brand (as in EVGA, ASUS etc). Overheating means inferior cooling which comes down to fans on most cards. Some of the top range cards use 3 fans across the board length and they expect you to over clock them. Another factor rather than overheating is the noise the fans make under load.
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