WTF?! As soon as once more, one other cautionary story has arrived that proves shoppers must be further vigilant when shopping for graphics playing cards, even when they arrive from well-known retailers equivalent to Amazon. Not for the primary time, a buyer who bought a card from the tech large was sorely dissatisfied with what they acquired.
The sufferer on this newest incident was unlucky sufficient to have acquired a faux RTX 4090 from Amazon. Sadly for the customer, it arrived with “delivery harm,” so it was despatched to North West Restore (NWR), which shared the story on its YouTube channel.
The preliminary visible inspection of the cardboard revealed an enormous crack within the PCB. There additionally seems to be a melted energy connector – one thing we have seen earlier than in RTX 4090 playing cards.
Whereas that is not the kind of harm you need in a card, it is nothing in comparison with what the deep dive revealed. The primary signal of one thing being actually amiss was the faux anti-tamper guarantee sticker overlaying one of many screws, all of which have been just a little overtightened – two refused to come back out and needed to be soaked in alcohol.
After eradicating the again cowl and the heatsink, the very first thing NWR observed was that the heating pads have been solely overlaying half the reminiscence chips. The GPU itself seemed to be utterly fried, as have been another parts on the PCB.
Issues solely acquired worse from there. Though the cardboard’s sticker with the serial quantity claims it’s an RTX 4090 with 24GB of VRAM, the AD103-300-A1 code identifies it as an RTX 4080. NWR says it is an RTX 4090 laptop computer GPU within the video, however the firm confirmed within the YouTube feedback part that this was a mistake on its half.
The ultimate verdict is that the cardboard is a “no repair” as there’s nothing left to repair.
This is not the primary time we have heard of somebody ordering a graphics card from Amazon and receiving one thing else. In December 2022, Amazon despatched a Canada-based purchaser an RTX 3060 Ti that turned out to be a fake card full of a putty-like substance. The corporate stated it would not hand over a refund till the “right” merchandise had been returned to its warehouse.
There’s a caveat with this newest incident, although. The client purchased the cardboard as a part of a pallet deal from Amazon returns. We have typically seen instances the place unscrupulous sorts hold working playing cards and return faux ones that look much like the unique product to get their a reimbursement. These are then bought to different prospects unaware they’re shopping for a dud.
Earlier this month, there have been studies of a gamer who paid $1,600 for a second-hand RTX 4090 in China, solely to search out it had no GPU and was lacking VRAM chips.