Is My GPU Dead?

icu222much

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Earlier today both of my computer monitors suddenly went blank when I was on Youtube. When I restarted my computer I saw a series of horizontal red lines on the Windows loading page. Windows finished loading and I saw blank screens on my monitors. I have confirmed that using my integrated graphics card and using an older gpu (GTX 260) does work. Is my graphics card easily repairable? Is there something else I can do? Does this mean my GPU is dead?

My current GPU: XFX 7970.

Picture of Windows loading page: https://imgur.com/a/RsMEo7G
 

Geef

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Don't feel too bummed out that the video card died. Since Bitcoin mining has slowed down and they aren't buying up all the good video cards out there the prices wont be so jacked up high.
 

SkyBill40

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Sounds like a new vid card is in your immediate future. There's no shortage of improved choices over your old card, though the prices are still well above where they should be (though they are coming down or stabilizing somewhat). Good luck.
 


The cheapest card I saw that I like is a 2-fan EVGA model for $330USD.

You don't want any less since that won't be much of an upgrade, but if you can wait (assuming it's for gaming) you might want a GTX1070 or better card.

Here's how the cards scale: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1080_Ti_Gaming_X/30.html

The HD7970 would be similar to a GTX1050Ti so ignoring any CPU bottlenecks then it's roughly:

GTX1060 6GB (almost 2x faster on average), and
GTX1080Ti (almost 4x faster on average)

Very little to no reliable info about next-gen cards yet. I suspect next-gen NVidia (this fall?) will only have small tweaks vs Pascal... I don't think we'll see TENSOR CORES for example yet or gaming cards due to die space and cost (so VOLTA for developers yes).
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpu6fPCIGA

Basically the GTX1050Ti is a bit faster than a normal HD7970 (925MHz) so add that to the Techpowerup link that should mean a GTX1060 6GB is pretty close to exactly 2X a normal HD7970 in performance.

I went from a GTX680 (similar to HD7970) to a GTX1080 but for most games a GTX1060 gets you nearly the same visual quality as a GTX1080 as there's rapidly diminishing returns beyond a certain point.

I would not get any less than 4GB VRAM for a new graphics card.
 

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I found this bundle deal for the 1060 at galaxstore GALAX GTX 1060 EXOC White 6GB + Galax HOF Keyboard Cherry MX brown or blue for 349.99- Pretty good deal
 

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