TECH NEWS – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2000 series is involved in a rather disgusting scam on AliExpress.
This time, they are trying to trick us by repainting the memory modules on the cards. At the time, users were suspicious of Micron memory modules on the Turing architecture GPUs, and it added fuel to the fire that Nvidia later replaced the GDDR6 modules with Samsung’s. And vendors feared that they would not be able to sell cards with Micron modules, so they tricked them by repainting them.
When the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was released, users noticed artifacts in the displays or the card suddenly broke. That’s when Nvidia made a move to Samsung. The company never once said that Micron modules were faulty and had to resort to a change of manufacturer because of it, and only started to address the issue when flaws began to surface around the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition GPUs that weren’t the fault of users: “Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experienced with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems. Please visit www.nvidia.com/support to chat live with the Nvidia tech support team (or to send us an email), and we’ll take care of it,” a company spokesperson said.
As it turned out, Micron wasn’t much to blame, as Samsung chips later produced similar results. Regardless, the cards were used en masse to mine cryptocurrencies, and the market crash caused those cards to surface on the market. Paulo Gomes showed in his video embedded below that RTX 2000 series video cards are hiding on “Chinese eBay” and that they are equipped with Micron chips. After removing the thermal adhesive, it turned out to be the 8RA77 D9WCW memory used by the initial defective GPU batch that got to him.
It is, therefore, worth buying a used card, or PC, from a reliable place. (It will not last for 8-9 years, but it might be an excellent temporary solution. Or try a Quadro card instead of a GeForce… for a cheap, compromise solution, e.g., K620.)