Some sellers on AliExpress are duping customers with defective NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards by hiding their technical details.
A YouTuber reported that he received an Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series GPU that had its memory module details painted – to show itself as brand new, a working one. Sellers are reportedly hiding the fact that some Nvidia GPUs are based on Micron memory, which had severe issues at its launch.
Hiding the Technical Details of GPUs
When Nvidia launched its GeForce RTX 20 Series for the first time, many doubted the performance of its Turing architecture – since it was labeled to use the Micron memory modules. Well, this turned out to be a nightmare for those who brought the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition – as its cracks opened many problems.
Users noted a black screen, a Blue Screen of Death, and even their GPUs shutting down immediately after switching on. Well, without making any noise, Nvidia quickly released the first batch of GeForce RTX 20 Series with Samsung GDDR6 memory modules instead, triggering suspicion in the community.
This made people think that GPUs with Micron Memory are at fault, thus avoiding them since then. But what happens to all the retail sellers and early customers who bought these cards – they’re now dumping them, rebranding them as new and with fake information!
As noted by a YouTuber and tech enthusiast Paulo Gomes, several sellers on AliExpress are worrying about their stocked Micron-based Nvidia GPUs – leading them to paint over distinguishing logos and information.
They’re reportedly hiding the fact that these cards are powered by Micron memory and instead painting and listing them as Samsung memory modules. Well, Samsung chips also had similar issues too but were far more reliable than their Micron counterparts.
Gomes proved this by removing the thermal adhesive of some cards he bought from AliExpress, revealing their memory codes as 8RA77 D9WCW and 8PA77 variants – which were part of the initial defective GPU batch.
AliExpress already has the reputation of selling faulty and “not as advertised” products, so the latest issues as these wouldn’t make any dent in its fame. But it’s expected that the platform would at least remove these sellers to keep the users safe.