Counterfeit GeForce video cards have been actively spreading on Chinese marketplaces for some time. NVIDIA decided to fight this unpleasant phenomenon by enlisting the support of the marketplaces themselves and starting explanatory work with consumers.
Little-known video card brands such as 51RISC, Corn and MLLSE are distributed mainly in the Chinese domestic market, but for several years now they have been leaking to Western buyers through eBay and marketplaces like Amazon or Newegg. In most cases, these products are offered at more modest – sometimes ridiculously – prices compared to video cards from NVIDIA’s official partners. Common sense should dictate that such products are best avoided, but the inexperienced consumer still falls into the trap.
When mining on video cards became unprofitable, an avalanche of used GPUs flooded the market – some sellers even began to repaint chips on them. Sometimes mobile video cards have been adapted to work on desktop computers, giving them non-existent names like the GeForce RTX 3070 TiM. NVIDIA did its best to disown any ties with such counterfeit manufacturers, but then decided to start working with marketplaces. This work has already begun to bear fruit. The well-known Chinese platforms JD.com and Douyin have revised their assortment and introduced a strict policy regarding the sale of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards, as well as GTX 16 series and GTX 10 series. Similar measures were taken by the administrations of the Pinduoduo and Tmall sites.
NVIDIA, for its part, began to conduct explanatory work with consumers. Firstly, they were advised to purchase video cards of the GeForce RTX 40 series, which debuted after the mining boom, which means that no one was guaranteed to mine cryptocurrency on them. For those for whom this series seems like a consignment note, it was recommended to stop at the previous generation product names that also appeared after the mining boom – for example, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti models with GDDR6X memory and the GeForce RTX 3060 8 GB. Secondly, NVIDIA advised sticking to the products of its official partners: first of all, these are ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.
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