HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh my goodness! The funny things people say! "STO killed my video card" is one of the better ones I've seen yet. For the record, let me clue you guys in on something us hardware guru's have known for awhile. Software doesn't kill hardware, it shows you where the hardware is weak. If you card is already on it's last legs, a new game can make it LOOK like it killed the card, but in fact the card was already going to die.
A game can NEVER, EVER kill your card. I have no idea where this idea is comming from that if you type /showfps in the game and it says 0, your card is in danger.
NO GAME - EVER can kill a card.
TWO things and TWO things ONLY will kill a card:
1a)Improper cooling (due to clogged fans and heat syncs) or bad fans. This also includes improper case cooling
1b) 95% of the cards on the market will SHUT OFF before the memory or GPU gets to the point of being damaged. Although repeated use at high temps will shorten the life of the card
2) You don't plug it in properly and turn on the computer and blow it out or somehow hold it wrong and static fries it.
There are many other moronic ways to kill a card, but no game, no software can kill it (short of software deliberately overwriting the card's bios/nvram)
all limiting the fps in the game does is put a limit on the load the game puts on your card, and this can help some cards that are not properly cooled.
But whomever started the thing that if the game says 000 fps you are in trouble is dead wrong. Mine shows 0.000 and fraps shows over 145fps at MAX game settings in 2560x1600 and I'm running 2 Nvidia 295s for Quad SLI
Remember if you own any type of computer (and are a gamer) you should be opening it up 1-2Xs a year and cleaning all the fans, heat syncs, and air paths. If you lack the skills to do so. Then have a friend who knows how or a trained professional.
I'm thinking about starting a forum called ITfailblog
In it I would include people who have no clue what they're talking about, making extravagant statements to the contrary of fact.
This forum would provide me with a TON of fresh material to start out with. IT people around the world could come and read and all have a good laugh together.
Exactly. I started out back in the late 80s as a tech.. then a network engineer... then a computer engineer... I've worked for large and small companies. I've helped design and build chips, mobos and cards from the circuit up.
Some of the theories I have read in these threads have me either dumbfounded or laughing my behind off
I know as well as everybody else you can't kill a video card by paying a game...but, with my Nvidia 9800GT I can play any game under the sun (crysis or whatnot) for as long as I want and it never gets above 90C and since it's rated at 100C that's ok. When I play STO it get up to about 120C after awhile and my pc dies, and this is with graphics turned down.