Pretty much with to the week accuracy. BIOSTAR
I bought first one two years ago from newegg, that one worked for a year, then perhaps due to heat, one of memory chips got shot.
I bought another one, same exact card from newegg again (and returned the shot one
) and it worked for a year again, now the fan froze, chip fried. I could smell the grease burning from my chair.
Basically, both cards had same symptoms before they went, as I think now in retrospect. While in high resolution (I play subspace continuum) sometimes picture would go jumpy on me, that's when the fan begins to loose it's lube and load on power circuit starts. On this last one there was several shot transistors, a blown cap, and a fried GPU.
Now, I blame this on bad astrological alignment or something, because in both instances I was about to login to ebay and list a lot of products and make a lot of money.
NEWEGG now offers these chips sets for 8x AGP. Which one?
Radeon HD 3000
Also, important to note, card I had before this one was GeForce FX 64MB, used to be brand new in 2001. It worked fine, I still have it. I only upgraded to let me use GLASS on Vista, plus let me use higher resolution in subspace continuum, which improved my game, I'm now elite. Perhaps crappy card? Perhaps these new cards are all like this?