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« on: September 04, 2016, 06:26:49 PM »

I currently have 2 GTX 980's in SLI.
1 is ready for a trade-in in Oct, the other is ready some time next year.
I should get about $550 for each one.
My choices are:
1) trade-in the one for Oct and get a 1080GTX for about $150 extra. Do the same next year when the other one is due, but 1080GTX prices will probably go down by then.
2) Trade-in both in Oct and "lose" the extra time for the second one, but use the money towards a Titan X and spend about $150 more.

Rig is used primarily for gaming. Monitors are 23" running at 1920x1080. One of the monitors is 120Hz so that I can use my Nvidia 3D glasses (although I don't actually use them too often anymore).
Secondary use is for 3D artwork/rendering and relys on CUDA a lot.

Any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2016, 11:47:06 PM »

Where/how do you do the trade-in on video cards?  I've never heard of that.

I don't have any personal recommendation other than SLI is almost never worthwhile since so many games don't properly support it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2016, 01:36:33 AM »

Well. It is a sort of trade in. I get my cards at Microcenter and ever since I first bought one from them years ago, I was told to buy their warranty and then to just return it under warranty to the store for a refund and get a new one. I have been told this NUMEROUS times by various employee's and managers over the years. It sounded odd to me, but it has been working for years.
It came about because I bought video cards with lifetime warranties and said I didn't need theirs if mine already came with a lifetime one...
So every time the warranty is about up I do a  "trade-in" and get something new. I currently have 2 cards from them with different purchase dates which is why I have the options I mentioned.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2016, 03:08:02 PM »

Aah, I see.  I haven't often lived near a Microcenter so I wasn't aware of that policy.  That's a pretty good deal, especially if the employees are recommending it like that!  I wouldn't mind getting full price back for a 2 year old videocard.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2016, 03:58:29 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 05, 2016, 03:08:02 PM

Aah, I see.  I haven't often lived near a Microcenter so I wasn't aware of that policy.  That's a pretty good deal, especially if the employees are recommending it like that!  I wouldn't mind getting full price back for a 2 year old videocard.
Yep. It's the only reason I have 2 good cards... Started way back, bought a decent one, then when it was time to return, I had saved enough to buy a high end card and have been doing thast ever since. Usually I get whatever is around the $500-$700 mark at the time and if I need to pay a little more, no big deal. You have to buy the warranty again, but it's worth it. I can basically get a GTX 1080 for about $200 out of pocket...
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